The Generative Mechanisms of Open Government Data

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    The exponentially growing production of data enables global connectivity as well as increased openness and sharing, which turn into a powerful force that is changing the global economy and society. Governments around the world have become active participants in this evolution by opening up their data for access and re-use by public and private agents alike. The recent phenomenon of Open Government Data (OGD) has spread around the world, driven by the proposition that opening government data has the ability to generate both economic and social value. However, a review of the academic research and the popular press reveals only sporadic attention given to various aspects with no overarching framework that explains how OGD generates value. We apply a critical realist approach to uncover the generative mechanisms that serve to explain this relationship. First, we present a strategic framework with four archetypical generative mechanisms. The framework outlines the different pathways to value generation an d highlights the current tension between the private/public and economic/social domains. Second, we offer a conceptual model that provides a systematic way of articulating and examining further the generation of value from OGD.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationECIS 2013 Proceedings
    Number of pages12
    Place of PublicationAtlanta, GA
    PublisherAssociation for Information Systems. AIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    Publication date2013
    Article numberPaper 179
    ISBN (Print)9783834924421
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventThe 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2013 - Utrecht University, Utrecht Science Park 'de Uithof', Utrecht, Netherlands
    Duration: 5 Jun 20138 Jun 2013
    Conference number: 21


    ConferenceThe 21st European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2013
    LocationUtrecht University, Utrecht Science Park 'de Uithof'
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    SeriesProceedings of the European Conference on Information Systems

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