ICANN Open Data Initiative
ICANN's Open Data Initiative has the goal of making eligible ICANN data sets available for easy public discovery and access (Open Data Initiative Pilot). The initiative is in response to community calls for access to data ICANN has, including a session at ICANN 58. More generally, open access to data wherever possible is part of ICANN's commitment to transparency.
ICANN has many data sets consisting of reported activity (per contractual agreements) and data generated by directly measured activity (such as meeting attendance). Much of this data can be useful to the community and even the general public, if it were known to exist, if it were in accessible formats, and if it were available in a timely manner. Some data is already publicly available but only in bulk format, some is published only in reports of activity, and some is not readily accessible today. The Open Data Initiative seeks to make as much data as possible available to the public so all can benefit.
There are many uses of existing data beyond what has been envisioned so far. For this reason, in the early stages, community involvement in the Open Data Initiative is vital to its success. To this end, a number of early pilots have been developed for public testing. Information on the pilot is here, along with information on how to provide your feedback.
The next steps in ODI include ICANN preparing a data set census, which is under development.