Open Data Day 2022: Open Data to Improve the Lives of All
by the Open Data Watch Team
5 March 2022
March 5th marks Open Data Day.
Started in 2010, it is a day to recognize open data as a tool to measure, monitor, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals as well as highlight national statistical offices (NSOs) as the collectors, producers, and stewards of essential data.
Without open data, policy makers cannot make informed decisions and people cannot hold their governments to account. When data are locked behind paywalls, innovation is stifled as insights are limited to only those who have access. Advocates, such as those working towards gender equality, lack the tools and evidence to call for change. And without open data, the public’s right to access information produced with public resources is not realized.
As we celebrate Open Data Day this and every year, we also recognize all our amazing partners. Progress would not be possible without these champions and advocates.