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Global Data Barometer

The Global Data Barometer is a collaborative project that aims to measure the state of data in relation to urgent societal issues.  Together with regional hubs and thematic partners, we seek to appraise data availability, governance, capability and use around the world to help shape data infrastructures that limit risks and harms in climate action, company information, health and COVID-19, land, political integrity, public finance and public procurement. We started developing the Global Data Barometer in 2019 to respond to the needs expressed at the 2019 Open Government Partnership summit for updated, in-depth, country-level insights on data governance and availability. In 2020, we began consulting on the study design and created a network that comprised of regional research hubs and thematic partners. The tool we have designed—the Barometer—is an open access tool that further investigates data policies and practices in its governance, release and use for the public good. Building on the Open Data Barometer, which has been used to drive policymaking, advocacy, and academic research, we now ask the question: To what extent are countries managing data for the public good? The Barometer aims to answer this by incorporating quantitative and qualitative measures, drawing on primary data collected through a survey implemented by our international network of partners and researchers, as well as data from existing secondary sources, and a complementary government survey. Data by Module [data also available by country (109) and region (6)] – Choose a module to download the dataset and explore it in-depthly.”

Stronger public health systems and uniform messaging are critical to fight Covid-19

Vox: “Covid-19 — and the resulting pandemic associated with the virus — continues to threaten the world. In the US, a majority of the population is experiencing low Covid-19 community levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Yet roughly a third of Americans are still living in areas with high risks,… Continue Reading

EU launches database to help consumers on energy efficient products

“A new EU-wide public database enabling consumers to compare the energy efficiency class and other data about different household products has been launched by the European Commission this week. With detailed information on well over 1 million products, the European Product Registry for Energy Labelling (EPREL) breaks new ground in helping EU consumers become more energy… Continue Reading

Watch Recordings of Law Library Webinars and Events You May Have Missed

In Custodia Legis: “Over the past six months, the Law Library has held many webinars on topics concerning foreign, comparative, and international law, Law Library collections, as well as our recurring orientations on how to research U.S. case law, federal statutes, and federal regulations. The Law Library also presented its annual Supreme Court Fellows Lecture and Human Rights Day… Continue Reading

Tracking Federal Awards: and Other Data Sources

CRS Report – Tracking Federal Awards: and Other Data Sources, Updated April 26, 2022: “, available at, is a government source for data on federal awards by state, congressional district (CD), county, city, and zip code. The awards data in are provided by federal agencies and represent contracts, grants, loans, and other… Continue Reading

NLM Introduces New Tool in Support of Ongoing Pandemic Response

“The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) launched this week the SARS-CoV-2 Variants Overview interactive web resource to support the identification of emerging variants of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This free, open access tool provides the public health community with valuable information needed to guide COVID-19 pandemic… Continue Reading

Europe Is Building a Huge International Facial Recognition System

Wired: “For the past 15 years, police forces searching for criminals in Europe have been able to share fingerprints, DNA data, and details of vehicle owners with each other. If officials in France suspect someone they are looking for is in Spain, they can ask Spanish authorities to check fingerprints against their database. Now European… Continue Reading

MuckRock’s Documenting COVID-19 project

Dillon Bergin – MuckRock’s Documenting COVID-19 project – “Our data repository includes some of what our team considers the most important data points that the CDC’s provisional mortality database has to offer: Leading external causes of death in the 113 CDC code list, by underlying cause of death; Natural causes of death associated with COVID-19,… Continue Reading

One stop shop for Covid Information

Axios: “President Biden on Wednesday announced the launch of, a website intended to be a “one-stop shop” for COVID resources, including vaccines, tests and masks. The website includes a tool to help people find locations where they can get tested and receive oral antiviral treatments if needed. “The bottom line, no longer will Americans… Continue Reading

Urban Forestry Street Trees

Urban Forestry Street Trees – Open Data DC – City of Washington, DC – Summary – “This data is used for the management of District trees, as well as the maintenance of Reference Features of the District of Columbia, Department of Transportation (DDOT). Urban Forestry Administration (UFA) managed trees and tree locations. The dataset contains… Continue Reading