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Significance of open government data in the GCC countries

Stuti Saxena (Department of Political Science, Central University of Haryana, Mahendragarh, India and Siraj Quryat Trading and Contracting LLC, Muscat, Oman)

Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance

ISSN: 2398-5038

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review the strengths and weaknesses of open government data (OGD) in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Design/methodology/approach

The paper takes a qualitative approach to explore the OGD portals of the GCC countries.

Findings

The OGD policies of the GCC countries are at an early stage and there are many challenges that need to be addressed. Specifically, there are privacy concerns regarding the utilization and harnessing of OGD, and users are wary of sharing their vital information via the internet owing to information leaks. Besides, the paper throws light on some of the lessons which may be derived from the OGD policies of developed nations.

Originality/value

Academic research on OGD implementation in the GCC is limited. This study seeks to fill the gap in the extant literature by probing different dimensions associated with OGD implementation in the GCC context.

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Citation

Saxena, S. (2017), "Significance of open government data in the GCC countries", Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 251-263. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPRG-02-2017-0005

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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