OGD Heartbeat: Cities’ Commitment to Open Data

JeDEM 7(2): 116-136, 2015

21 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2015 Last revised: 30 Dec 2015

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Karine Nahon

University of Washington - The Information School; Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

Alon Peled

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Political Science & Public Administration

Jennifer Shkabatur

Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliyah, Israel; World Bank

Date Written: March 9, 2015

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.”

Keywords: open government data, cities, municipal, transparency, disclosure, access

Suggested Citation

Nahon, Karine and Peled, Alon and Shkabatur, Jennifer, OGD Heartbeat: Cities’ Commitment to Open Data (March 9, 2015). JeDEM 7(2): 116-136, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2575510

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Alon Peled

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Department of Political Science & Public Administration ( email )

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Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliyah, Israel ( email )

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Israel

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