The World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Network member and inventor of the Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee released its second Open Data Barometer. The Barometer comprises an in-depth report on the open data initiatives of countries around the world, key findings from that report and rankings for developed, emerging market and developing countries.
The introduction to the Barometer describes the current importance of this research:
"As the UN leads a conversation on the need for a Data Revolution to support the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, our research highlights the lack of open and accessible data on the performance of key public services. If the political and social impacts of open data are to be realised, work to increase the supply of datasets from right across government will be needed, alongside sustained investment in capacity building, training and support for effective data use."