Open Government Data (OGD) initiatives, and in particular the development of OGD portals, have
proliferated since the mid-2000s both at central and local government levels in OECD and non OECD
countries. Understanding the preconditions that enable the efficient and effective implementation of these
initiatives is essential for achieving their overall objectives. This is especially true in terms of the role
played by OGD in relation to Open Government policies in general.
This paper highlights the main principles, concepts and criteria framing open government data
initiatives and the issues challenging their implementation. It underlines the opportunities that OGD and
data analytics may offer policy makers, while providing a note of caution on the challenges this agenda
poses for the public sector.
Finally, the overall analysis of key concepts and issues aims to pave the way for an empirical analysis
of OGD initiatives. So far, little has been done to analyse and prove the impact and accrued value of these
initiatives. The paper suggests a methodology comprising an analytical framework for OGD initiatives (to
be applied to ex post and ex ante analysis of initiatives) and a related set of data to be collected across
OECD countries. The application of the analytical framework and the collection of data would enable the
acquisition of a solid body of evidence that could ultimately lead to mapping initiatives across OECD
countries (i.e. a typography of initiatives) and developing a common set of metrics to consistently assess
impact and value creation within and across countries.
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