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The Global Impact of Open Data by Stefaan Verhulst, Andrew Young

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Part II. Case Studies: Improving Government

Our research shows that open data is helping to improve the functioning of government. By making public previously inaccessible data sources, open data is playing a role in both tackling corruption through increased transparency and accountability, and enhancing public service delivery and resource allocation.

The case studies in this section examine:

  • The exposure and a reduction of corruption among public officials in Brazil;
  • The discovery of tax fraud among charities in Canada and savings in how development aid is spent in Sweden;
  • Procurement improvements in Slovakia; and
  • Improved public services in Denmark as a result of greater accuracy in address data.

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