I wrote a blog post examining the state of open government data in Canada and the UK, referencing work by David Eaves. Originally published on both the Code for America blog as well as Shareable.net.
From the article:
This difference in attitude toward open data, stemming from hundreds of years of political philosophy and legal wrangling, has very significant ramifications today. Nations, regions, and cities across the globe are realizing that sharing data can directly lead to the delivery of new and improved services in their jurisdictions.