Towards value-creating and sustainable open data ecosystems: A comparative case study and a research agenda

Bastiaan Van Loenen, Anneke Zuiderwijk*, Glenn Vancauwenberghe, Francisco Javier López Pellicer, Ingrid Mulder, Charalampos Alexopoulos, Rikke Magnussen, Mubashrah Saddiqa, Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, Joep Crompvoets, Andrea Polini, Barbara Re , Cesar Casiano Flores

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Abstract

Current open data systems lag behind in their promised value creation and sustainability. The objective of the current study is twofold: 1) to investigate whether existing open data systems meet the requirements of open data ecosystems, and 2) to develop a research agenda that discusses the gaps between current open data systems on the one hand and participatory, value-creating, sustainable open data ecosystems on the other hand. The literature reveals that the main characteristics of value-creating, sustainable open data ecosystems are user-drivenness, inclusiveness, circularity, and skill-based. Our comparative case study of five open data systems in various application domains and countries highlighted that none of these systems are real open data ecosystems: they often do not balance open data supply and demand, exclude specific user groups and domains, are linear, and lack skill-training. We elaborate on a research agenda that discusses how research should address the challenge of making open data ecosystems more value-generating and sustainable.
Original languageEnglish
Article number13(2)
JournalThe Open Access eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM)
Volume13
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)1 - 27
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Open data, ecosystems, value creation, sustainability, research agenda

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