The Dynamics of Opening Government Data

Natalie C. Helbig, Anthony M. Cresswell, G. Brian Burke, and Luis Luna-Reyes
Nov. 30, 2012


Open Data CoverThe information polity perspective described in this paper provides government a way to identify the various stakeholders and their patterns of interaction that influence or control the generation, flows, and uses of enhanced information resources in open data initiatives. The dynamic modeling techniques used highlight the ways different constraints can impact the system as a whole and affect value creation. These tools support planners' ability to generate informed hypotheses about changing patterns of interaction among existing and potential new stakeholders. In this way, governments can better evaluate the costs, risks, and benefits of a wide variety of open data initiatives. 

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