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Open Data Inventory Report 2020 names Georgia among top 20 European countries

By Khatia Bzhalava
Tuesday, February 9
For the first time in history, Georgia was named among the top 20 European countries in the Open Data Inventory (ODIN) Report 2020. Georgian National Statistics Office (Geostat) reports that Open Data Watch has published its fifth Open Data Inventory (ODIN) report, which evaluates the official statistics of countries around the world based on various criteria.

As Geostat noted, the purpose of ODIN is to provide an objective assessment of the coverage and access to official statistics based on the definition of open data. Open Data Watch has been describing and evaluating data by country for the fifth year in a row.

According to ODIN, an overall rating of the Georgian Statistical System in 2020 was 69 points. The country's rating has improved and now ranks 8 positions higher compared to the previous rating. According to the report, Georgia has moved from 39th to 31st place out of 187 countries.

Based on the report, Georgia outstrips 12 EU countries, including Italy, France, Belgium, Portugal, Romania, Hungary, Luxembourg, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Malta. The same report shows that Georgia outperforms developed countries such as Japan, the United Kingdom, China, and Indonesia. According to ODIN, the Georgian statistical system is at the same level as the ranking of countries such as Austria, Switzerland, and Mexico.

In 2020, Open data evaluations were conducted in 187 countries, covering 22 statistical categories and 65 indicators. Georgia holds first place in the region.

The assessments cover the main directions of economic, social, environmental, and demographic statistics, such as national accounts, population and demography, employment, unemployment and price statistics, education and healthcare, gender statistics, crime statistics, poverty rates, public finances, external trade, tax balance, agriculture, environment, energy, etc.

According to the Georgian expert Soso Archvadze, naming Georgia among 20 European countries is very pleasant and deserved recognition of the consistent and complex measures that the National Statistics Office of Georgia has been implementing for many years. As he stated, the current leadership, along with previous representatives have greatly contributed to the success.