Open Data Day

Open Data Day is a holiday that’s observed annually somewhere during the first week of March of each year. This is a holiday that is grounded in data being free and accessible to everyone, everywhere at any given time. It was created over twelve years ago to celebrate the use of open data in the world.

The concept of open data is based on the belief that some data should be free and easy for people to access. Data that are also available for republishing and use by anyone — all free of patent and copyright restrictions. This is a day to attend an open data event or learn more about open data.

The History Of Open Data Day

During the mid-1990s, open data would become a hot topic among scientists, researchers, developers, and analysts. The belief was that open access to data would increase productivity in the fields of both science and technology.

It would create a situation that would allow people from all over the world to see and reuse the data to expand research. In 2010, the first International Open Data Day was proposed and was such a success that it was celebrated every year since.

Observing Open Data Day

This holiday is observed by groups from around the world, all in an annual celebration of open data. There are local and virtual events that can be attended and they can be frequented by not only developers, designers, and statisticians, but also public servants and ordinary people.

This is also a good day for people to learn more about the concept of open data and how it could have a positive effect on research and development. People who are observing this holiday are encouraged to spread the word about it using the hashtag #OpenDataDay on social media as well.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 2 Saturday
Next year (2025)
March 1 Saturday
Last year (2023)
March 4 Saturday
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