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Open Government Data, often referred to as Open Data, is a philosophy and public policy program premised by the notion that access to data that is collected by the government using public funds should be democratized. In practice, governments utilize mechanisms like law, policy, executive action, regulation, and guidelines, in order to produce Open Data repositories accessible to citizens via the internet. To date, more than 250 governments at national, subnational, and city levels have launched Open Data initiatives, with varying levels of success. Read the full piece here.