This is a thread about how GODI assesses registration requirements. Currently, GODI gives points to data that is available online without registration. In case that any administrative procedure is put in place. Administrative procedures range from the need to actively request data and user identification, to registrations.
We currently treat all of these procedures equally as access controls. Some say that we would need to treat these "barriers" to use differently. @Lin_Zhaowei started an interesting thread and I would like us to follow-up on this.
Some background: GODI, like other assessments, considers registration a barrier that can deter people from accessing the data. We draw from the International Open Data Charter which states in Principle 3 - Accessible and Usable that governments should "Release data without mandatory registration, allowing users to choose to download data without being required to identify themselves". As I know other open data assessments such as ODIN follow a similar approach to ours.
I would love to hear other people's opinions.