Find Users of Open GIS Data from Around the World Thanks to the Center for Open Data Enterprise

Liam Oakwood


The Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE) has a mission to maximize the value of open government data as a public resource.  As the developer of a public database of open data sources, the CODE connects users with government agencies and organizations based around the world that use open data.

The center believes that open data can support economic growth and social good around the world, and that this valuable resource needs to be managed and developed to reach its maximum potential. They aim to achieve this by working with data users alongside government, private, and non-profit organizations, enabling input and feedback to be used to develop smarter open data strategies.

A part of their work includes the Open Data Impact Map, a public database and global map of organizations that use open government data around the world.

This interactive map has been developed to provide an understanding of the demand for open data, and enable provider organizations to understand the geographic distribution of that demand.

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By mapping usage in this way, the most valuable government datasets can be identified and improved.

Screenshot of a mapping application to find users of open data.
User can browse and located government agencies and organizations that use open data.

The organizations that use this open data are incredibly diverse, spanning everything from academic institutions to private companies, developers and nonprofits. They can use the data for advocacy, research, to develop products and services, improve operations, and inform strategies.

The center is working on the ‘US Open Data Transition Report’, a non-partisan report of open data recommendations for the next presidential administration of the United States. This will provide an action plan for continuity and further improvements in open government data, while detailing the many benefits open data can provide.

It will detail how the next US administration could lead a truly data-driven government, opening new opportunities for scientific research, economic growth, and citizen engagement.

It will detail the most compelling opportunities, including a wide range of potential programs that could be implemented to put open data to best use.  The ultimate aim is to support the federal governments commitment to open data into the future, and to improve societal outcomes by doing so.


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Liam Oakwood
Liam Oakwood is a freelance citizen scientist and blogger, specializing in ecology, geography, and food sovereignty. From Liam: I enjoy photography, music, climbing, forest adventures, and growing things. I'm currently on the cusp of major changes after forming an Irish folk band with friends and getting ready to explore a whole world of possibilities. Some of my previous writing can be found at Wilderness Witness.