Open Government Data Systems: Learning from a Public Utility Perspective

Jonathan Crusoe, Anneke Zuiderwijk, Ulf Melin

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Abstract

Previous research on Open Government Data (OGD) struggles with synthesising a holistic perspective of OGD systems. A perspective that has dealt with vast, complex systems is public utility. Public utilities are, for example, water supply networks and electric power grids. This study explores what we can learn from a public utility perspective when perceiving and organising OGD systems. We used a hermeneutic literature review combined with a snowballing approach, resulting in a selection of 39 studies. We compare public utilities and OGD systems to derive five lessons: (1) an OGD system can be perceived from a node-flow view, (2) the foundational data flow of an OGD system starts at data collection and ends at data used by the public in an everyday context, (3) the organisation of OGD systems needs to consider the combinability, interpretability, and boundless reusability of data, (4) OGD systems need governance organisations that cover the whole system, and (5) OGD systems could replace existing data provision systems and be made a public utility if certain characteristic problems are overcome.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Government - 19th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, EGOV 2020, Proceedings
EditorsGabriela Viale Pereira, Marijn Janssen, Habin Lee, Ida Lindgren, Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar, Hans Jochen Scholl, Anneke Zuiderwijk
PublisherSpringer
Pages275-289
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030575984
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event19th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Government, EGOV 2020, held in conjunction with the IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Participation, ePart 2020, and the International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government Conference, CeDEM 2020 - Linkoping, Sweden
Duration: 31 Aug 20202 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12219 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference19th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Government, EGOV 2020, held in conjunction with the IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Participation, ePart 2020, and the International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government Conference, CeDEM 2020
CountrySweden
CityLinkoping
Period31/08/202/09/20

Keywords

  • Open data
  • Open Government Data
  • Public utility
  • System

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