Sorry for the delay, but here is the second methodological consultation for the index. In this consultation, we will look at the following question - Should we add more questions to the Global Open Data Census?
Based on this past discussions, we were thinking of adding two more questions:
Can users provide feedback on the dataset? This question might seem easy - whether there is a feedback form or not. However, how do we define feedback? Is an email at the bottom of a portal is enough?
Is the data historic? - Is the data relevant not only for this year but also for the past and allow advanced analysis? What are we doing in the case that the datasets are divided by years or in case of real-time data? Maybe this should be part of the dataset description and not a question?
To answer these questions above, I would like to give us all some background about GODI - The focus of GODI and the crowdsourcing method.
The Open Data Research Framework define four competencies in which we can measure open data -
- Context/environment - The background context in which open data is being provided - by governance level or sector.
- Data - The supply, and qualities of open datasets, including the legal, technical, practical and social openness of data, as well as issues of data relevance and quality.
- Use - The direct use (or reuse) of open datasets.
- Impact - Addressing the benefits gained from using specific open datasets, or the returns from open data initiatives in general.
GODI only address the Data element of the measurement. Currently, we would like to keep it as is and not explore different competencies since it allows us to focus on one point of measurement and to improve it.
In addition, GODI is a crowdsourced effort. This means that the knowledge of the contributors about Open Data may vary from college students to professors, from first-time volunteers to experienced activists. We see it as a good thing, and a tool that allows a learning and an interaction experience with open data.
This also means that we need to acknowledge our limits - we need to be straightforward and simple in our survey so it will be easy to use. We also can’t ask questions that will take too much time to work on since volunteers time is a limited resource.
I hope that these are enough to move us forward.
Please comment here to add your thoughts and ideas.
This consultation will be open until Friday, 17.7.