Open government data (OGD) is making data available free to all by the government with the aim of ensuring accountability and transparency in government besides generating public value by its usage. OGD is an emerging government initiative in Indonesia and there is potential for harnessing OGD for spearheading innovation and improvising services in different economic sectors. This paper aims to investigate the usage of OGD in the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Indonesia.
Documentary analysis was conducted to review the national OGD portal of Indonesia. Structured interviews were conducted with 49 senior management representatives from the private sector and NGOs to solicit their perspectives regarding the usage of OGD for professional purposes. Also, questions were posed regarding the challenges in harnessing OGD for professional purposes.
OGD has immense potential for private sector and NGOs; however, more initiatives are required on the part of the government to open their data sets. Further, involvement of stakeholders from the private sector and NGOs and other interested partners is required for an optimum usage of OGD in different economic sectors of Indonesia.
As the research focuses on the private sector and NGOs in Indonesia, the study requires a more broad-based approach to consider the perspectives of different users. Further research is required to appreciate the role of contextual factors in determining the usage of OGD in Indonesia.
The study is one of the first to be conducted in Indonesia about the OGD initiatives of the country. Soliciting views from the key management representatives in the private sector and NGOs, the paper contributes to the extant OGD literature, which is more supply-focused and not demand-driven. While conceding that there are ample usages of OGD for the different economic sectors, the paper underlines the need for refining the OGD initiatives of Indonesia.
The publisher wishes to retract the article Agus Hermanto, Solimun Solimun, Adji Achmad Rinaldo Fernandes, Wahyono Wahyono, Zulkarnain Zulkarnain, (2018) “The importance of open government data for the private sector and NGOs in Indonesia”, Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance, Vol. 20 No. 4, pp. 293-309, https://doi.org/10.1108/DPRG-09-2017-0047. This is because a substantial portion of the article is taken, without attribution, from other sources.
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Hermanto, A., Solimun, S., Fernandes, A.A.R., Wahyono, W. and Zulkarnain, Z. (2018), "The importance of open government data for the private sector and NGOs in Indonesia", Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance, Vol. 20 No. 4, pp. 293-309. https://doi.org/10.1108/DPRG-09-2017-0047Download as .RIS
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