The purpose of this paper is to measure the impact of open government data (OGD) on citizen empowerment.
This study advances the body of knowledge on OGD by proposing an integrated research model based on transparency, accountability, participation and collaboration dimensions. The research model was empirically tested using 275 responses using the on-paper survey from the university students and professionals in Bangladesh. Data were analyzed using the structured equation modeling technique.
Findings revealed that transparency and participation have a positive and significant direct and indirect influence on citizen empowerment through accountability and collaboration. Overall, the four basic pillars of OGD such as transparency, participation, accountability and collaboration interrelated with each other and have the impact on citizen empowerment.
This study has proposed an instrument that sums the dimensions of open government, which avoids tautology and redundancy among OGD dimensions. More research should be done to validate the proposed model and the instruments used in this study.
For the researchers, this study provides a basis for further refinement of individual models of empowerment. For practitioners, understanding the key constructs is crucial to design, refine and implement OGD systems and applications that empower citizens, create public values and strengthen the democratic process.
This research is the first step that empirically investigates the impact of OGD on citizen empowerment which is the ultimate goals of any democratic government.
Hossain, M.N., Talukder, M.S., Hoque, M.R. and Bao, Y. (2018), "The use of open government data to citizen empowerment: an empirical validation of a proposed model", Foresight, Vol. 20 No. 6, pp. 665-680. https://doi.org/10.1108/FS-03-2018-0027
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