Research on Open Data and Transparency

New Research on Open Data: Making Transparency Stick and International Comparisons

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Some autumn reading. Here’s a conference paper examining what could make Open Data succeed or fail over the next few years.Ben Worthy Making Transparency Stick-The Complex Dynamics of Open Data.

Here’s the abstract

This paper examines the complex dynamics of Open Data reform in the UK, assessing the chances of the policy ‘sticking’ or failing over time. Using the ideas of Patashnik and Zelizer (2013) on what makes policies succeed or fail post-enactment, it begins by looking at the unique features of Open Data. The broad but vague vision of the reform, its symbolism and ‘voteless’ status and the multi-instrument, multi-actor approach all make Open Data exceptional. The paper then examines how these play into the three factors that make a policy ‘stick’ or fail over time: the resources re-allocated by the policy, interpretation of its success by different actors and the institutional support it receives. It concludes by arguing that Open Data is likely to benefit from leadership and the ongoing innovation but may be threatened by resistance, manipulation of the aims and the underlying assumptions, which invite disappointment.’

You can also download it here Worthy, Ben, Making Transparency Stick: The Complex Dynamics of Open Data (September 17, 2014). Available at SSRN:

Paper two is this great piece by Tim Davies on international comparisons you can read here

New national Open Government Data (OGD) initiatives are being launched on an almost monthly basis. From Brazil to Burkina Faso, governments are establishing open data portals and committing to make machine-readable datasets available for re-use. Similar patterns are being replicated at the local level, with municipalities and sub-national states also establishing their own open data projects. At first glance, many of these local and national initiatives appear almost identikit copies of each other: using the same data portal software, and selecting similar datasets for their initial launch. Increasingly, the preparation and launch of open data initiatives follows a orthodox approach involving hackathons, training events and outreach activities, designed to build interest in, and demand for, newly available open data. Yet, the countries launching these OGD initiatives are vastly different: in their levels of development, their political structures, and their public policy priorities. This raises important questions about the nature of open data policy, and policy transfer.’

Davies, Timothy Glyn, Open Data Policies and Practice: An International Comparison (September 5, 2014). Available at SSRN:

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