NON-WRESTLING ORGANISATION the World Wide Web Foundation (WWWF) has published its latest Open Data Barometer and awarded the UK government the 'most open' crown.
However, Tim Berners-Lee, head of the WWWF, said that it is a shallow win, and does not mean that the UK government is really open, just more open than others.
Openness, in these instances, relates to the way in which governments make official data available and usable.
Berners-Lee introduced the report, explaining that it shines a light on things that its subjects might prefer to keep in the closet.
"Governments continue to shy away from publishing the very data that can be used to enhance accountability and trust," he said.
"Despite coming top of the rankings, the UK has a long way to go. The release of map data is something where the UK has lagged behind, and you'd think postcodes would be part of the open structure of the UK, but they're not," he said.
"The Post Office holds them as being a proprietary format. So, ironically, just a list of places in the UK is not available openly, for free, on the web."
The report found that 90 percent of the 86 countries surveyed do not publish data in open formats, and that less than eight percent release open information about government spending, public sector contracts and business interests.
As the situation stands, the UK, US and Sweden hold the top three spots on the table and have stayed in place for at least two years.
The three lowest ranked countries, in descending order, are Mali, Haiti and Myanmar. µ
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