Reactions to the Open Data Inventory (ODIN) 2016 are already making news. The consensus in countries seems to be, whether scores are high or low or in-between, that the ODIN 2016 results point in a helpful direction. For example:
- Despite its top-ten score, a Stats Canada blog mentions ODIN results as further motivation to push ahead with a project called the New Dissemination Model (NDM).
- The Cambodia Daily called ODIN scores “dismal,” but Open Development Cambodia sees opportunities for rapid improvement by making already publicly available government data available online.
- In the context of ODIN scores, the USA-based Sunlight Foundation warns that efforts to de-fund government statistics and data collection could derail open data progress in the U.S.
- In a round-up list of indexes, a Mongolia scorecard included ODIN scores that point to a #1 Eastern Asia ranking for openness and a #2 for coverage.
- In remarks at the UN, Statistics New Zealand noted their ODIN ranking of #1 in the region, saying at least “we’re higher than Australia” but then outlined how New Zealand plans to go even further to “unleash the power of data to change lives.”
ODIN is, of course, not a competition. The ODIN methodology aims to identify gaps and potential adjustments in the coverage, accessibility and openness of data, so that everyone can score high in leveraging the data revolution to better people’s lives.