In 2014, GovLab launched Open Data 500 (www.opendata500.com), supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The OD500 is the first comprehensive study of U.S. based companies that use open government data as a key business resource. The name “OD500” originates from the research ambition to identify 500 U.S. companies that are using open government data. The tool provides a way to map and visualize the relationships between companies and open government datasets, as well as to conduct other sector-by-sector analyses.
The OD500 Global Network is an international network of organizations that seeks to study the use and economic impact of open government data. Coordinated by The GovLab, an action research institute at New York University, the OD500 Global Network enables participating organizations to analyze how open government data is being used in their country in a manner that is both globally comparative and domestically specific.