Some interesting research from PEW on American attitudes to government Open Data-see the full report here
Here’s some patterns on usage
Few Americans think governments are very effective in sharing data they collect with the public:
- Just 5% say the federal government does this very effectively, with another 39% saying the federal government does this somewhat effectively.
- 5% say state governments share data very effectively, with another 44% saying somewhat effectively.
- 7% say local governments share data very effectively, with another 45% responding somewhat effectively.
Somewhat larger numbers could think of examples in which their local government either did or did not do a good job providing information to the public:
- 19% of all Americans could think of an example where the local government did a good job providing information to the public about data it collects.
- 19% could think of an example where local government did not provide enough useful information about data and information to the public.
Relatively few Americans reported using government data sources for monitoring what is going on:
- 20% have used government sources to find information about student or teacher performance.
- 17% have used government sources to look for information on the performance of hospitals or health care providers.
- 7% have used government sources to find out about contracts between government agencies and outside firms.
Here’s some thing else interesting-what does the American public think the benefits will be?