Open Policies

CFP: Open Government Data (JeDEM Open Access Journal)

We invite you to submit a paper to the upcoming Special Issue of JeDEM 01/2014.
JeDEM provides full open access to its authors and readers: Publishing with and reading JeDEM is free of charge.

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* Ina Schieferdecker, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
* Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
* Tim Davies, University of Southampton, UK
* Johann Höchtl, Danube University Krems, Austria

In efforts to increase openness, transparency and participation, governments around the world have drafted Open Government policies and established Open Data as an integral part of modern administration. Open data and public sector information has been held out as a powerful resource to support good governance, improve public services, engage citizens, and stimulate economic growth. The promises have been high, but the results have been modest so far and more and there are more and more critical sounds.  Policies have not resulted in gaining the desired benefits and implementations have been criticized for its technology orientation and neglecting the user perspective. These policies and implementations are now under scrutiny, with important questions to be asked about: whether the results justify the efforts; about how different outcomes from open data can be secured; and who is benefiting from open data in different countries and contexts? (more…)