Open data is used across all sectors in Latin America and the Caribbean. The majority are SMEs. Nonprofits and developer groups account for about half of the organizations.
Many organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean use open data to improve governance, both in low and high income countries. Many others utilize open data to provide services to the IT and geospatial and business, research and consulting sectors. Government operations, demographic and social, geospatial, business and economic data are the most used types of open data.
This region also has a high percentage of use of open data in the media and communications, and finance, insurance and investment sectors. Many focus on using open data in ways that provide social benefits in these as well, such as improving financial access and inclusion, or using public data for fact-checking and investigative journalism across the region.
Country: United States
Impact: Farmers benefit from tools for better crop management and to measure environmental factors
Data Used: Rainfall data from US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Climatic Data Center, soil data from US Department of Agriculture
FarmLogs provides farmers with a free software and mobile application to map and analyze crop yields and environmental conditions for crop growth through government data. Their Farmlogs free Standard includes several features: Field Mapping, Scouting and Notes, Activity Tracking, Rainfall Tracking, GDD Accumulation, Soil Composition Maps, Growth Stage Analysis, Yield Maps, Input Planning. They also empower farmers to coordinate with the government to request data for their lands. On their website, FarmLogs details instructions on how to contact the US Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency for field boundary data. Upon receipt, FarmLogs interprets the data and creates field boundaries on mapping systems for farmers to demarcate their lands.