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Answer “Yes” if you find evidence that data is collected by a national government or collected on a national level. You may find evidence on about-pages or mission statements of government. For this question it is not necessary to find the actual data. This data may also be provided by a third party officially representing government, such as state-owned-enterprises or contractors delivering public services for government.
Describe if at least one sub-national government body collects the data. Only answer question if you cannot find evidence that national/federal government body provides data.
Does a nationally based company or NGO collect the data? Answer “Yes” if the organisation is a national organisation, or a national branch of an international organisation. Answer “No” if you only find data from multilateral, international, regional organisations (World Bank, African Union, UN agencies, etc)
Please also submit evidence that data is collected, managed or mandated by government . This can include mission statements on about pages. Verify government affiliation, by looking for government logos, messages of sponsorship, or similar evidence.
If you cannot find all data characteristics online, continue answering all further questions referring to the characteristics you found. Attention: Only click the characteristic, if it meets the requirements in our research handbook. Answer "None of the above" 1) if you find different data, 2) if you are unable to verify the content of a dataset, 3) if there is no evidence the data is published in any form. If you click "None of the above" use comments to explain your reasons.
Answer “Yes”, if the data are made available by the government on a website, on a searchable database, or an online interface. Answer “No” if the data are NOT STORED online, for example if government only allows you to order physically stored data (see next two questions). In case you find two or more data files of the same data (holding different amounts of data), give preference to the most complete datasets you can find online.
How to describe the data source: If you find data on a financial department website, please fill in: “Website of National Department of Finances”. If you found it in an API of the same department, fill in: "API of National Department of Finances". Attention: Please provide URIs to the exact page where you find the data. Do not only provide links to the homepage.
Answer “Yes”, if government allows you to somehow get access to digital data on a physical medium (a CD, a USB stick). This is for example the case, if you can order CDs or USB sticks from government. Answer "No" if you see that government indicates they hold physical media, but it is not possible to order them.
Answer “Yes”, if government allows you to somehow get access to printed data. This is for example the case, if you can order print reports from government. Answer "No" if you see that government indicates they provide print reports, but it is not possible to acquire a copy of them. If you answer "No", please revisit question B2, and answer "None of the above" in case you are unable to verify the content of data.
Answer “Yes”, if you can download data. Note [NAME OF CHARACTERISTIC] and [URI] in your comments. In case that downloadable data files are very large, their downloads may also be organised by month or year or broken down into subfiles. Answer “No” 1) if the download is unstable or does not work, 2) if there is no download function. Pick the most complete dataset that you can find online, and continue the survey with it.
Answer "No", 1) if data access requires registration with personal information, 2) if data is available through search mask & it is necessary to know the data names to find it, 3) if you need an API key to access data, 4) if you need to actively request data and wait for government feedback.
Please base your answer on the date at which you answer this question. Answer “No” if you cannot determine a date, or if the data are outdated.
This question measures if anyone is legally allowed to use, modify and redistribute data for any purpose. Only then data is considered truly "open" (see Open Definition). Answer ”Yes” if the data are openly licensed. The Open Definition provides a list of conformant licences. Answer also “Yes” if there is no open licence, but a statement that the dataset is in “public domain”. To count as public domain the dataset must not be protected by copyright, patents or similar restrictions. If you are not sure whether an open licence or public domain disclaimer is compliant with the Open Definition 2.1, answer "No" and explain your uncertainty precisely in your comments.
Tell us the file formats of the data. We automatically compare them against a list of file formats that are considered machine-readable and open. A file format is called machine-readable if your computer can process, access, and modify single elements in a data file. The Index considers formats to be “open” if they can be fully processed with at least one free and open-source software tool.
Please tell us why the data are not collected by your government. For instance, is no evidence findable at all? Does government have plans to collect data in the future, but does not collect data to date? Provide evidence to news articles, reports, research articles, if available.