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Celebrating Open Data Day

People from around the world gathered on 5 March 2022

Open Data Day is an annual, global celebration of open data. The event looks to promote the benefits of open data and showcase its use to improve government, business, and civil society. This year, events were organised around the world, with 33 of the 153 registered events taking place in Europe.

In the Danish city of Odense, for example, enthusiasts held an online event about how to best map the cycling infrastructure in Denmark. Denmark has plenty of incentives to develop cycling data. The country is hosting the first three stages of the 2022 Tour de France, and the government has also invested nearly EUR70 million in new cycling infrastructure.

On a different track and considering civil society, in Barcelona, organisers combined the frameworks for Open Data Day and Women’s Day to lead a discussion on gender issues in open data. Made real by the GenderDataLab, a debate was facilitated on how to best disaggregate open data by sex and gender to support research and analysis of gender issues that can feed into social change.

While the event is over, the Open Data Day site continues to provide ideas, resources and data sources for those looking to further work on open data in a variety of fields.  

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