Open data is becoming an essential ingredient to addressing modern societal challenges.
- It drives transparency and is increasingly important to inform policy making.
- It supports fairness, democratic engagement and participation.
- It provides opportunities to generate social, economic and cultural value.
Open data is published by organisations, businesses and individuals and is licensed for anyone to access, re-use and share without restrictions, except perhaps to acknowledge the source.
Publishing and licensing data for unrestricted access and re-use is what makes data open.