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Balancing control, usability and visibility of linked open government data to create public value

Benedikt Simon Hitz-Gamper (Institute of Information Systems, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland)
Oliver Neumann (Institute of Information Systems, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland)
Matthias Stürmer (Institute of Information Systems, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland)

International Journal of Public Sector Management

ISSN: 0951-3558

Article publication date: 15 March 2019

Issue publication date: 12 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Linked data is a technical standard to structure complex information and relate independent sets of data. Recently, governments have started to use this technology for bridging separated data “(silos)” by launching linked open government data (LOGD) portals. The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of LOGD as a smart technology and strategy to create public value. This is achieved by enhancing the usability and visibility of open data provided by public organizations.

Design/methodology/approach

In this study, three different LOGD governance modes are deduced: public agencies could release linked data via a dedicated triple store, via a shared triple store or via an open knowledge base. Each of these modes has different effects on usability and visibility of open data. Selected case studies illustrate the actual use of these three governance modes.

Findings

According to this study, LOGD governance modes present a trade-off between retaining control over governmental data and potentially gaining public value by the increased use of open data by citizens.

Originality/value

This study provides recommendations for public sector organizations for the development of their data publishing strategy to balance control, usability and visibility considering also the growing popularity of open knowledge bases such as Wikidata.

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Citation

Hitz-Gamper, B.S., Neumann, O. and Stürmer, M. (2019), "Balancing control, usability and visibility of linked open government data to create public value", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 32 No. 5, pp. 451-466. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPSM-02-2018-0062

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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