Using Open Research Data for Public Policy Making: Opportunities of Virtual Research Environments

Anneke Zuiderwijk-van Eijk, Keith Jeffery, Daniele Bailo, Yi Yin

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Abstract

Governments and publicly-funded research organisations increasingly make research data available openly. Researchers can use this data in Virtual Research Environments (VREs) to conduct multidisciplinary data-driven research and to obtain new insights potentially for governmental policy-making. However, the requirements for such a VRE are not yet clear. The objective of this study is to elicit and define requirements for a multidisciplinary VRE that integrates Open Government Data (OGD) and open research data for public policy making. Based on a VRE case study, we elicit 13 VRE requirements related to data storage, data accessing, data curation and other aspects, and describe a use case of open data for governmental policy-making. Meeting the requirements results in a VRE that 1) overlays the existing e-Research Infrastructures to provide researchers with integrated open data from different domains, 2) offers OGD in combination with data from publicly-funded research, and 3) stimulates innovation and research collaboration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of CeDEM16: International Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government 2016
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jan 2016
EventCeDEM16: International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2016 - Krems, Austria
Duration: 18 May 201620 May 2016

Conference

ConferenceCeDEM16
CountryAustria
CityKrems
Period18/05/1620/05/16

Keywords

  • Open data
  • Virtual Research Environment
  • VRE
  • policy making
  • research infrastructure

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    Zuiderwijk-van Eijk, A., Jeffery, K., Bailo, D., & Yin, Y. (2016). Using Open Research Data for Public Policy Making: Opportunities of Virtual Research Environments. In Proceedings of CeDEM16: International Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government 2016