Assessing the Use of Government Open Data and the Role of Data Infomediaries The Case of Nova Scotia’s Community Counts Program

Authors

  • Mavis Chan University of Waterloo
  • Peter Johnson University of Waterloo
  • Malcolm Shookner Nova Scotia Community Counts, Government of Nova Scotia Department of Finance and Treasury Board

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v8i1.370

Keywords:

open data, community informatics, community development

Abstract

This study examines the Nova Scotia Community Counts program, a common platform that aggregates data from many sources mirroring what is generally considered as government open data. The role of Community Counts as a data infomediary adds additional value for both data providers and users within information-intensive open data ecosystems. While data literacy is a recurring issue in the open data world, Community Counts has been a success case for engaging the wider community, serving as a catalyst to improve data literacy. This study also reveals the importance of harnessing the social benefits of open data, as it provides additional incentive for users to engage in data, thereby increasing open data usage and allowing further value to be realized by a more diverse base of users.

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Author Biography

Peter Johnson, University of Waterloo

Assistant Professor

Department of Geography and Environmental Management

Published

2016-07-28

How to Cite

Chan, M., Johnson, P., & Shookner, M. (2016). Assessing the Use of Government Open Data and the Role of Data Infomediaries The Case of Nova Scotia’s Community Counts Program. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 8(1), 1-27. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v8i1.370

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Section

Research Papers