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Beyond technology in smart cities: a multivocal literature review on data governance

Petter Kvalvik (Institute for Energy Technology, Halden, Norway)
Mary Sánchez-Gordón (Department of Computer Science, Østfold University College, Halden, Norway)
Ricardo Colomo-Palacios (Department of Computer Science, Østfold University College, Halden, Norway)

Aslib Journal of Information Management

ISSN: 2050-3806

Article publication date: 21 November 2022

Issue publication date: 29 November 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Smart cities require data governance to articulate data sharing and use among relevant stakeholders. Given the lack of a comprehensive examination of this research topic, this study aims to review data governance publications to detect and categorize endeavors backing up data sharing in smart cities.

Design/methodology/approach

A systematic literature review was conducted, and 568 academic and professional sources were identified, but finally, only 10 relevant papers were selected.

Findings

Results reveal that data governance must be based on well-defined mechanisms, procedures and roles to achieve accountability and responsibility in a multi-actor environment. Moreover, data governance should be adapted to address power imbalances among all interested parties.

Research limitations/implications

The main limitation is the list of sources considered for the literature review. However, this study provides a holistic overview for researchers and professionals willing to know more about smart city data sharing.

Originality/value

This review identifies the data governance approaches supporting data sharing in smart cities, analyzes their data dimension, enhances the state-of-the-art literature on this topic and suggests possible areas for future research.

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Citation

Kvalvik, P., Sánchez-Gordón, M. and Colomo-Palacios, R. (2023), "Beyond technology in smart cities: a multivocal literature review on data governance", Aslib Journal of Information Management, Vol. 75 No. 6, pp. 1235-1252. https://doi.org/10.1108/AJIM-04-2022-0196

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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