Forecasting open data demand is quite challenging. A new public dataset means more downloads, a new app results in way more requests.

It would be interesting to discuss the throughput of open data portals, in terms of datasets downloads or API calls.

Has anyone done a research in this matter?

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    You can contact this group, who have created an API for Swiss Public Transport data: transport.opendata.ch
    – philshem
    Feb 26, 2014 at 9:19
  • awesome, thanks, I'll shoot them an email and post the findings in here.
    – defvol
    Feb 27, 2014 at 19:05
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    I would assume that both Socrata and the CKAN/DKAN communities would have information about this ... I just don't know if they've published anything on it.
    – Joe
    Mar 5, 2014 at 19:51
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    Adding a little to @Joe's comment, CKAN and Socrata both, indeed, have tracking and analytics built in though I do not think either are public by default. You can read more about Socrata analytics at great blog post by Thomas Levine: thomaslevine.com/!/socrata-metrics-api [disclosure: my company is a partner of Socrata but we use CKAN sometimes too] Jun 19, 2014 at 22:02

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You can have a look at the main data portal in the UK: data.gov.uk

An example of the published statistics is below.

Dataset                                         Views   Downloads
English Indices of Deprivation 2010             45173   15046
Bona Vacantia Unclaimed Estates and Adverts     38263   24112
Lower Layer Super Output Area (LSOA) boundaries 35547    8785

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