OGD Heartbeat: Cities’ Commitment to Open Data

Authors

  • Karin Nahon Associate Professor Information School at the University of Washington and Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel.
  • Alon Peled Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • Jenniver Shkabatur Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya and World Bank

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v7i2.410

Keywords:

open government data, cities, transparency, access, open cities, open data benchmarking

Abstract

This paper develops and tests a theoretical model, which proposes to examine cities’ commitment to the concept of open government data (OGD) according to three typical levels. Level 1, Way of Life, indicates high commitment to OGD; Level 2, On the Fence, represents either a low or erratic commitment; Level 3, Lip Service, refers to either scarce or no commitment. This study shows that these types exhibit distinct behavior in four key indicators: (1) Rhythm, (2) Coverage, (3) Categorization, and (4) Feedback. This theoretical framework is examined using longitudinal mixed-method analysis of the OGD behavior of 16 US cities over a period of four years, using a corpus of municipal quantitative metadata and primary qualitative data. This methodology allows us to represent, for the first time, cities’ evolving OGD commitment, or “OGD heartbeat”.

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Author Biographies

Karin Nahon, Associate Professor Information School at the University of Washington and Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel.

Karine Nahon is an associate professor in the Information School at the University of Washington and in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel. She is the director of the Virality of Information (retroV) research group and a member of the Social Media Lab (SoMe Lab). She studies politics and policy of information from an interdisciplinary perspective. She is the co-author of Going Viral (2013; with Jeff Hemsley), winner of the ASIS&T Best Information Science Book and Outstanding Academic Title awards

Alon Peled, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Senior Lecturer

Department of Political Science

Jenniver Shkabatur, Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya and World Bank

Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center at Herzliya and World Bank

Published

2015-12-14

How to Cite

Nahon, K., Peled, A., & Shkabatur, J. (2015). OGD Heartbeat: Cities’ Commitment to Open Data. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 7(2), 116-136. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v7i2.410

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Section

Research Papers