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Open data beyond accountability

Economic development and the promotion of innovation are often motivators for the adoption of open data initiatives. A number of case studies illustrate these potential impacts:

  • a report from McKinsey identifying a potential $3 trillion a year value in the global economy from open data (Manyika et al., 2013)
  • a report by Deloitte on open data’s potential for business (Hammell, 2014)
  • a report finding a potential additional 0.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) value by opening data (Lateral Economics, 2016)
  • the GroenMonitor project, which is protecting crops from pest outbreaks with vegetation maps built on open satellite imagery
  • a recent collaboration between public (open) and private data sources, which is helping farmers take precautions to avoid drought damage in Colombia
  • Medicines for Malaria, which is showing that sharing data on drug discovery can help in disease control (Scott, 2015)
  • how Thomson Reuters, Syngenta and Arup are embedding open principles into their operations to gain competitive advantage (ODI, n.d.an.d.b.n.d.c.)