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Design, develop and evaluate an open government data platform: a user-centred approach

Ruhua Huang (School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)
Chunying Wang (The School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China and Department of Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA)
Xiaoyu Zhang (Department of Information Science, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA)
Dan Wu (School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)
Qingwen Xie (School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 27 June 2019

Issue publication date: 14 August 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe the process of designing, developing and evaluating a prototype of an open government data (OGD) platform that provided user-centred experiences.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the OGD lifecycle, an OGD prototype was created, which involved the system functionality, user interface, standard specification and security mechanism. The main functionalities of the system included data acquisition, data processing and data management. A usability test was conducted following the prototype implementation.

Findings

The usability test indicated that an OGD platform was desired to help the public to find, access, reuse and share government data effectively and efficiently. Functions, such as visualization, local download and digital watermark should be provided and integrated into the platform.

Originality/value

This paper provided a complete case study on the design of an OGD platform and a reference for information system developers to design such system in the future.

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Citation

Huang, R., Wang, C., Zhang, X., Wu, D. and Xie, Q. (2019), "Design, develop and evaluate an open government data platform: a user-centred approach", The Electronic Library, Vol. 37 No. 3, pp. 550-562. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-02-2019-0037

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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