Citizens’ Motivations for Engaging in Open Data Hackathons

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Engaging citizens in open data hackathons provides opportunities for innovation and the generation of new services and products. This paper aims to explore the motivations of citizens who engage in open agriculture data hackathons. We conducted a case study and analyzed data collected from 161 participants of 11 farming hackathons held between 2016 and 2018 in the Netherlands. We found that participants of open agriculture data hackathons have different roles, including business developer, concept thinker, data analyst, data owner, developer, manager, marketer, problem owner, and student. Our analysis shows that citizens are predominantly motivated to engage in open agricultural data hackathons as part of their work. Furthermore, developers and problem owners are mainly motivated by fun and enjoyment. This indicates that it is important for open data policymakers and hackathon organizers to consider different approaches based on citizens’ roles when organizing open data hackathons. This paper contributes to the literature by providing insight in the motivations of citizens engaging in open agriculture data hackathons in comparison with hackathons in other sectors, and by mapping citizens’ roles to their motivations for engaging in such hackathons.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Participation - 11th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, ePart 2019, Proceedings
Subtitle of host publication11th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, ePart 2019, San Benedetto Del Tronto, Italy, September 2–4, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsPanos Panagiotopoulos, Noella Edelmann, Peter Parycek, Thomas Lampoltshammer, Olivier Glassey, Gianluca Misuraca, Barbara Re
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-27397-2
ISBN (Print)9783030273965
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventElectronic Participation - EGOV2019 – Joint conference EGOV-CeDEM-EPART 2019 - San Benedetto Del Tronto, Italy
Duration: 2 Sep 20194 Sep 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11686 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


ConferenceElectronic Participation - EGOV2019 – Joint conference EGOV-CeDEM-EPART 2019
CitySan Benedetto Del Tronto

Bibliographical note

Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Agriculture
  • Citizen engagement
  • Hackathon
  • Open Government Data
  • Open data


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