Considering the Reluctance to Adopt Open Data in German Public Administration: An Exploration of Individual Innovation-Decisions

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https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v14i1.681

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Open Data, innovation, adoption, innovation-decision, reluctance

Abstract

This article examines different forms of rejecting Open Data by administrative staff in German public administrations. The starting point for our study, was the observation that the diffusion of Open Data in Germany has been rather restrained in practice, despite potential advantages and strong political commitment. For this purpose, individual innovation-decision processes of administrative staff were examined. The paper is based on semi-structured interviews with experienced Open Data experts and provides insights into rejecting or negative attitudes as well as resistance to Open Data by administrative employees and thus, provides explanations for the reluctance such as perceived high risks associated with the implementation of Open Data. At the same time, experiences regarding barriers, like an insufficient technical framework for Open Data are presented. This provides important insights on how to address negative attitudes and opposition to Open Data effectively.

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Author Biographies

Yanik Elixmann

Yanik Elixmann works as a Consultant for Open Data and Digital Transformation in public sector at Capgemini Germany. He holds a Masters's degree in Professional Public Decision Making and has several years of professional experience in the public sector.

Juliane Jarke

Juliane Jarke is a senior researcher at the Institute for Information Management Bremen (ifib) and the Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University of Bremen. Her research focusses on public sector innovation, digital (in)equalities and digital participation.

Published

2022-07-19

How to Cite

Elixmann, Y., & Jarke, J. (2022). Considering the Reluctance to Adopt Open Data in German Public Administration: An Exploration of Individual Innovation-Decisions. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 14(1), 50-71. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v14i1.681

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Research Papers