Open Government Data: Towards Empirical Analysis of Open Government Data Initiatives

TitleOpen Government Data: Towards Empirical Analysis of Open Government Data Initiatives
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsUbaldi, B.
JournalOECD Publishing
IssueNo. 22
Date Published2013/05/27/
ISBN Number1993-4351
Keywordsgap_evidence, gap_relationships, sg_data_definition, sg_data_economics, sg_data_sharing, sg_data_survey, sg_data_value, sg_ps

Open Government Data (OGD) initiatives, and in particular the development of OGD portals, have proliferated since the mid-2000s both at central and local government levels in OECD and non OECD countries. Understanding the preconditions that enable the efficient and effective implementation of these initiatives is essential for achieving their overall objectives. This is especially true in terms of the role played by OGD in relation to Open Government policies in general.This paper highlights the main principles, concepts and criteria framing open government data initiatives and the issues challenging their implementation. It underlines the opportunities that OGD and data analytics may offer policy makers, while providing a note of caution on the challenges this agenda poses for the public sector.
Finally, the overall analysis of key concepts and issues aims to pave the way for an empirical analysis of OGD initiatives. So far, little has been done to analyse and prove the impact and accrued value of these initiatives. The paper suggests a methodology comprising an analytical framework for OGD initiatives (to be applied to ex post and ex ante analysis of initiatives) and a related set of data to be collected across OECD countries. The application of the analytical framework and the collection of data would enable the acquisition of a solid body of evidence that could ultimately lead to mapping initiatives across OECD countries (i.e. a typography of initiatives) and developing a common set of metrics to consistently assess impact and value creation within and across countries.