The Public-Data Opportunity - Why Governments Should Share More

October 18, 2019

Today, data is produced at an unprecedented scale and speed. It is copied and transferred at zero cost in real time and has become a basic tool used in every government department. Yet government agencies remain reluctant to share the data they hold with other agencies. This paper looks at why data sharing is important, how it can be achieved, the opportunities of big data for the public sector, the main barriers to adoption, and policy conclusions for further work.