opendatastudy

Research on Open Data and Transparency

Links and Other Research

Academic Papers

FOI and Open Government/Open Data

Fenster, M. (2015). ‘Transparency in Search of a Theory’. European Journal of Social Theory, 18(2), 150-167. http://freedominfo.org/wp-content/uploads/documents/European_Journal_of_Social_Theory-2015-Fenster-150-67.pdf

Berliner, Daniel. (2014). ‘The Political Origins of Transparency’. The Journal of Politics, 76(2): 479-491 http://www.danielberliner.com/uploads/2/1/9/0/21908308/berliner_jop_2014_-_the_political_origins_of_transparency.pdf

Birchall, C. (2011). ‘Introduction to ‘Secrecy and Transparency: The Politics of Opacity and Openness’. Theory, Culture & Society, 28(7-8), 7-25.

Peled, A. (2013). Effective Openness – The Role of Open Data  2.0 in a Wider Transparency Program http://campus.hec.fr/global-transparency/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Peled_Alon_Effective_Transparency_Paper.pdf

Peled, A. (2011). When transparency and collaboration collide: The USA open data program. Journal of the American society for information science and technology62(11), 2085-2094.

Yu, Harlan and Robinson, David G., The New Ambiguity of ‘Open Government’ (February 28, 2012). 59 UCLA L. Rev. Disc. 178 (2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2012489

Davies, T., & Frank, M. (2013). ‘There’s no such thing as raw data’. Exploring the socio-technical life of a government dataset. http://www.opendataimpacts.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/paper_11.pdf

Davies, T. (2010). Open data, democracy and public sector reform. A look at open government data use from data. gov. uk. http://www.opendataimpacts.net/report/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/How-is-open-government-data-being-used-in-practice.pdf

Dror, Y. (1999). Transparency and openness of quality democracy. Openness and Transparency in Governance: Challenges and Opportunities, 25-43. http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/NISPAcee/UNPAN006507.pdf

Experiments

de Fine Licht, J., Naurin, D., Esaiasson, P., & Gilljam, M. (2011). Does transparency generate legitimacy? An experimental study of procedure acceptance of open-and closed-door decision-making. QoG Working Paper Series, 2011(8), 8.  http://www.sahlgrenska.gu.se/digitalAssets/1357/1357850_2011_8_licht_naurin_esaiasson_gilljam.pdf

de Fine Licht, J. Magic Wand or Pandora’s Box? (PhD) http://www.imh.liu.se/halso-och-sjukvardsanalys/prioriteringscentrum/publikationer/om-prioriteringscentrum-aktuella-nyheter-rapporter-mm/jenny-de-fine-richts-avhandling/1.594593/Dissertation_deFineLicht.pdf 

Grimmelikhuijsen, S. G., & Meijer, A. J. (2014). Effects of transparency on the perceived trustworthiness of a government organization: Evidence from an online experiment. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory,24(1), 137-157. http://dspace.library.uu.nl/handle/1874/302881

Peisakhin, Leonid V. and Pinto, Paul, Is Transparency an Effective Anti-Corruption Strategy? Evidence from a Field Experiment in India (September 23, 2010). Regulation & Governance, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 261-280, 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1734842

Other Analysis

Escher, T (2011) Analysis of mySociety’s TheyWorkForYou https://www.mysociety.org/files/2011/06/TheyWorkForYou_research_report-2011-Tobias-Escher1.pdf

Journal of Community Informatics: Special Issue on Open Data http://ci-journal.net/index.php/ciej/issue/view/41

Report ‘open for Business’ published this week on the economic benefits of Open Data http://omidyar.com/sites/default/files/file_archive/insights/ON%20Report_061114_FNL.pdf

Rufus Pollock article on the Economics of PSI from 2009 (often quoted) http://rufuspollock.org/papers/economics_of_psi.pdf

Official Reports

Public Administration Committee (2014) – Tenth Report Statistics and Open Data: Harvesting unused knowledge, empowering citizens and improving public services http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmselect/cmpubadm/564/56402.htm

Written Evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee on Open Data  http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-administration-select-committee/inquiries/parliament-2010/statistics/statistics-open-data/?type=Written#pnlPublicationFilter

Justice Committee Justice Committee (2012) – First Report Post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmjust/96/9602.htm

The UK’s Shakespeare review of PSI https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/198752/13-744-shakespeare-review-of-public-sector-information.pdf

 Links and blogs

ODI Open Data Blog http://theodi.org/blog

Jonathan Gray of the OKF http://www.theguardian.com/profile/jonathan-gray

David Eaves http://eaves.ca/tag/open-data/

The ODI/WWWF Open Data Barometer http://www.opendataresearch.org/dl/odb2013/Open-Data-Barometer-2013-Global-Report.pdf

The Open Data Research Network’s mapping of the impact of Open Data  http://www.opendataresearch.org/emergingimpacts/

Interesting Applications

Dane Wright’s site that analyses local government spending http://www.appgov.org/

Chris Taggert’s site that combines democratic and spending data http://openlylocal.com/

The contract and spending finder spendnetwork https://spendnetwork.com/

mySociey’s applications https://www.mysociety.org/projects/ that includes TheyWorkForYou (monitoring MPs), WhatDoTheyKnow (for making FOI requests) and FixMyStreet (local government repairs).

 

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