When a dataset doesn’t qualify for the Open Data Index because it doesn’t comply with one or more criteria, it’s understandably not included in the Index. However, all the research that went into it (e.g. why doesn’t it qualify, URLs, etc.) is valuable and would save a lot of time for the next years’ census if it was archived somehow. It could then be re-evaluated more easily and test the criteria again much more quickly than if contributors have to look it all up again.
To implement this, perhaps there should be a question on the submission form asking whether or not the dataset meets the qualifying criteria. This question and the dataset would then be omitted on the final Open Data Index results, but would be stored in the database and shown to contributors on the next year in order to make the research easier and contributions quicker.
What do you think?