Global Data Barometer2021-02-02T13:41:45+01:00


Access Info Europe is the Regional Hub for the European Union for the Global Data Barometer (GDB), with responsibility for mapping levels of open data in 23 countries of the European region as part of the 2021 global study.

If you are interested in being a researcher, please see our Call for Researchers.

What is the Global Data Barometer?

The Global Data Barometer maps the extent to which data is governed, shared, and used for the public good. It focuses on transversal issues of sustainable development, inclusion, gender and diversity, and emerging AI practices.

For the 2021 edition, we will evaluate levels of proactive transparency in the areas of: Agriculture, Climate Action, Company Ownership, COVID-19, Crime and Justice, Education, Energy, Extractives, Gender Equity and Inclusion, Geodata, Health, Land, Migration, Political Integrity, Procurement, Public Finance, Telecommunications, Tourism and Leisure, Transportation.

The Barometer is organised around four pillars: data governance, data capabilities, data availability, and data use and impact, based on a collaboratively designed survey.

The Barometer will fill critical knowledge gaps on how data policy and practice are unfolding in different sectors, regions, and countries. It builds on the Open Data Barometer, which has been used to drive policymaking, advocacy, and academic research across the world.

All the data gathered by the Global Data Barometer survey will be made available for reuse under an open license, supporting further research.

Which European Countries will be covered?

In Europe, research will be carried out in: Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

What is Access Info’s Role as the European Hub?

Access Info is managing the Global Data Barometer research in 23 countries of the European region, developing a regional report, and disseminating and debating the regional and global results with key stakeholders.

Call for National Researchers in Europe

If you are interested in being a country researcher for the Global Data Barometer, please sign up here and read the full Call for Researchers.

Funding and Sponsorship

Developing the Barometer is a resource-intensive effort, involving nearly two hundred people in research, coordination, analysis, and dissemination. To support these endeavours, the GDB draws on a diversified funding model that combines core funding with sponsorship of thematic modules, regional research, and dissemination.

Both public and private entities are welcome to support the GDB project. Small contributions for national research as well as bigger contributions for full thematic modules are welcome from funders and/or partners.

All funding will be reviewed for potential conflicts of interest and to maintain the research independence of the Global Data Barometer project.

If you wish to contribute to the Global Data Barometer, please contact the Access Info team.

For more information, please contact:

Marta Morcuende, Researcher and Campaigner | Access Info Europe: marta[at]

The pilot edition of the Global Data Barometer receives core funding from Canada’s International Development Research Center ( under grant 109517-001 as part of the Data for Development ( program of work. For more information about Global Data Barometer partners, please see



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Call for National Researchers in Europe

Access Info Europe is currently seeking independent, country-level researchers for several European countries to act as national researchers for the first edition of the Global Data Barometer (2020–2021).