Buenos Aires leads the open data ranking for the third time in a row

Tuesday 30 March 2021

The city obtained the highest rating along with the Municipality of General Pueyrredón. The ranking analyzes information from 41 cities in total, and in this edition saw the adding of datasets related to gender and COVID-19.

The city of Buenos Aires was ranked first in the Open Data Index of the Open Knowledge Foundation, which evaluates data openness in 41 Argentine cities and analyzes a total of 700 data sets. It is the third consecutive time that Buenos Aires has achieved the first place, after having placed first in the 2018 and 2019 editions.

Buenos Aires and General Pueyrredón lead the ranking, with a score of 100 out of 100, which implies that they open all the data in all the evaluated fields, and comply with international standards to freely promote their reuse. They are followed by Bahía Blanca (99%), Olavarría (98%), Crespo (94%), La Plata (93%), Tigre (92%), Córdoba (90%), Vicente Lopez (85%) and Mendoza (84 %).

“This index confirms the centrality that open government policies have for us. We open the information so that everyone can access the evidence that guides our decision-making, and so they can also reuse it. In the coming months, we will open and visualize key data on climate change and our Carbon Neutral Plan for 2050”, said Florencia Romano, Undersecretary for Open Government and Accountability.

The ranking evaluates the opening of data in different categories: public places, administrative limits, budget, ordinances, public spending, purchases and contracts, civil servants, public transport, works, electoral results, environment, commerce, gender, requests for access to information and affidavits and advertising guidelines. In addition, this year it includes two new research fields: data on gender and on COVID-19. Just recently Buenos Aires made 27 new datasets available on its Covid-19 data platform, with information on health and territorial management, mobility and the use of public space during the pandemic.

Melisa Breda, Undersecretary for Evidence-based Public Policies said: "Knowing that data has become the most valuable and strategic asset that organizations have nowadays, this recognition is hugely welcomed. Having up-to-date and reliable information allows us to provide better services to our citizens, facilitates decision-making, drives innovation and generates value, especially in the context of a health emergency like the one we are currently experiencing".

Since 2016, Buenos Aires has been a member of the Alliance for Open Government, a body that brings together 80 national and 20 subnational governments to promote transparency and openness within governments. Buenos Aires is already going through its second action plan within the framework of the organization, for which it prioritizes opened data on transport and developed open data platforms such as BA Obras, Plano Abierto, and the Gender Indicators System.

All data is available in BA Data, the City's repository currently containing more than 350 data sets.