Transparency and open government data

Andreiwid Sh. Corrêa (Department of Computer Engineering, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil and Informatics School, Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de São Paulo, Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Evandro Couto de Paula (Informatics School, Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de São Paulo, Campinas, Brazil)
Pedro Luiz Pizzigatti Corrêa (Department of Computer Engineering, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Flávio Soares Corrêa da Silva (Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy

ISSN: 1750-6166

Publication date: 20 March 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to identify and to understand how current data portals comply with open government data (OGD) principles in the context of Brazilian local government.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, we assessed a sample of 561 municipalities from a universe of interest of 3,052 ones expected to disclose information using the internet. As part of our methodology, the authors analyzed the required items for active disclosure and the technical requirements, all enforced by Brazilian law and close to OGD principles which are the focus of analysis of the authors.

Findings

The findings generally show the vast majority of assessed data portals did not comply with the basic requirements stated by national law, consequently not complying with OGD principles, and prevent society from benefiting from government data openness. The authors also found arguments that the national law should explicitly reproduce OGD principles, as they demonstrate clearer understanding about the global context of open data.

Originality/value

The contributions of this work can be used to plan public data openness actions over the internet and envision effective accountability and public participation with clearer legislation and with the effective implementation of OGD principles in data portals.

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Citation

Corrêa, A., Paula, E., Corrêa, P. and Silva, F. (2017), "Transparency and open government data", Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy, Vol. 11 No. 1, pp. 58-78. https://doi.org/10.1108/TG-12-2015-0052

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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