The use of open government data to citizen empowerment: an empirical validation of a proposed model

Md Nahin Hossain (School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)
Md Shamim Talukder (Center for Modern Information Management, School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)
Md Rakibul Hoque (Management Information System, Dhaka University, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
Yukun Bao (Center for Modern Information Management, School of Management, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Publication date: 12 November 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to measure the impact of open government data (OGD) on citizen empowerment.

Design/methodology/approach

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

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.

Research limitations/implications

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.

Practical implications

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.

Originality/value

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.

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Citation

Hossain, M., Talukder, M., Hoque, M. 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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