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A Guide to Open Data Around the World

BY Nick Judd | Friday, July 1 2011

The Open Knowledge Foundation yesterday launched Datacatalogs.org, a curated, searchable index of open government data catalogs from around the world.

In a release, the Open Knowledge Foundation announced that the website is the work of many hands, including those of people at the World Bank, World Wide Web Consortium and the Sunlight Foundation.

"This project is a simple but important start to bringing together the community of key open data stakeholders," said Beth Noveck, a former deputy U.S. chief technology officer for open government who now works with the government of the U.K., according to the release. "My hope is that DataCatalogs.org grows into a vibrant place to articulate priorities, find and mash up data across jurisdictions and curate data-driven tools and initiatives that improve the effectiveness of government and the lives of citizens."

The project was launched at the Open Knowledge Foundation's annual conference, OKCon 2011.