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Lithuania’s Advancement in OECD’s Open Data Index: A Testament to Progressive Data Policies

Lithuania’s Advancement in OECD’s Open Data Index: A Testament to Progressive Data Policies

Lithuania’s open data policy has garnered another international recognition. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) 2023 OURdata Index, Lithuania ranks 10th among OECD countries. Since 2019, our country has ascended 22 positions from 32nd place. Lithuania stands within the top tier of open data alongside South Korea, France, Poland, Estonia, Spain, Ireland, Slovenia, Denmark, and Sweden. These countries demonstrate a comprehensive approach to open data initiatives with balanced performance across the three pillars of the Index. Most of these countries perform well in all assessed areas, from having an open data strategy and legal requirements to publishing high-quality data and engaging with stakeholders both within and outside of government to promote data re-use.

“Achieving 10th place among OECD countries demonstrates our success in realizing our digital policy objectives, broadening data accessibility, and creating enhanced opportunities for Lithuanian businesses and citizens,” remarked Aušrinė Armonaitė, Minister of Economy and Innovation.

Projections suggest that the practical utilization of open data could contribute up to 1.71% of the country’s GDP by 2026. The open data market in Lithuania is anticipated to reach €125 million in 2025 and €285 million in 2026.

The Index benchmarks efforts made by governments to design and implement national open government data policies. It encompasses over 670 data points collected from 36 OECD countries and 4 accession countries throughout 2022.

Throughout 2022, approximately 1500 datasets were inventoried and made available on the Lithuanian Open Data Portal.

The Ministry and the Information Society Development Committee have jointly initiated an informal club of data openness coordinators aimed at exchanging insights into current issues, challenges, best practices, and their resolutions.

Furthermore, this year, Lithuania secured a record 7th place among 35 countries in the annual European Open Data Maturity Report (ODM) for 2023, marking a rise of six positions.

Open government data has become a vital instrument for addressing both longstanding and emerging policy issues. In particular, the recent pandemic and the green transition have underscored the need for governments to ensure access to timely, relevant, and high-quality data to foster resilience and facilitate a comprehensive whole-of-society response.

Further information about the Index can be found here