Towards a Genealogy of Open Data

The paper was given at the General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research in Glasgow, 3-6th September 2014.

38 Pages Posted: 15 May 2015  

Jonathan Gray

University of Bath

Date Written: September 3, 2014

Abstract

In just a few years, open data has been established as a fundamental cornerstone of official transparency and accountability initiatives around the world - from US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron's respective open government programmes, to the Open Government Partnership, to the G8 Open Data Charter launched in June 2013.

This paper will suggest several threads for investigation for a genealogy of open data, examining how the rise of open data has coincided with a focus on technological innovation, public sector efficiency and economic growth in official transparency discourse rather than on social justice and meeting the needs of citizens. It proposes a programme of research into the politics of open data looking at how the concept is implicated in a broader, shifting landscape of political visions, values and practises, and how it is changing the way that different actors think and talk about transparency as a political concept.

Keywords: transparency, open data, public sector information, genealogy, history, information policy

Suggested Citation

Gray, Jonathan, Towards a Genealogy of Open Data (September 3, 2014). The paper was given at the General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research in Glasgow, 3-6th September 2014.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2605828 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2605828

Jonathan Gray (Contact Author)

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Bath, BA2 7AY
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