From Access to Re-use: A user's perspective on public sector availability

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    Availability of public sector (geo-)information is essential for effective and efficient government policy-making. In addition, it is also associated with realising other ambitions, such as a more transparent and accountable government, more citizens’ participation in democratic processes, (co-)generation of solutions to societal problems, and to increase economic value due to companies creating innovative and value-added products and services with public sector (geo-)information as a resource. Especially the latter ambition has been the subject of many publications stressing the enormous potential economic value of re-use of public sector (geo-)information by companies. Previous research indicated that re-users of public sector information encountered barriers related to technical, organisational, legal and financial aspects. These barriers were considered to be the main reason why in Europe, the economic value due to value added products appeared to be lagging. Especially restrictive licence conditions and high licence fees were often cited to be the main barriers for re-users in Europe compared to re-users in the United States. Fortunately, more public sector information becomes available as open data and a trickle of products and services based on public sector information can be witnessed. However, the predicted tsunami of value-added products and services has not quite eventuated yet. This dissertation aims to assess which barriers re-users of public sector information still face after the introduction of open data, and what can be done to alleviate these barriers to lift the maturity of open data to a higher level.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Delft University of Technology
    • Korthals Altes, W.K., Supervisor
    • van Loenen, B., Advisor
    Award date6 Dec 2016
    Print ISBNs978-94-92516-27-5
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2016

    Bibliographical note

    A+BE | Architecture and the Built Environment No 21 (2016)


    • public sector information
    • Accessibility
    • Open Data
    • re-use of PSI
    • open data business models
    • open data maturity


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