Open Data Values: Calculating and Monitoring the Benefits of Public Sector Information Re-Use

T. Dreier et al. (eds.), Informationen der öffentlichen Hand – Zugang und Nutzung, Nomos: Baden 2016, pp. 107-144

Institute for Information Law Research Paper No. 2016 - 03

Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2016-30

40 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2016  

Mireille van Eechoud

Institute for Information Law University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law

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Date Written: July 15, 2016

Abstract

As the rapid growth of the Open Government Partnership shows, it is by now conventional wisdom that opening up government information for broader use by industry, civil society and citizens produces many benefits. Better performing government, more citizen participation and impressive economic benefits. This paper analyses what the economic studies tell us about the estimated value of public sector information. It shows how challenging it is to get a clear sense of that value. The development of methods to actually measure the wider impacts of opening up government information is work in progress. A recent addition are instruments to rank public sector effort in opening up. What do these new strands of monitoring add to the economic figures? How do economic benefits relate to the many professed advantages – be it social, political or economic – of openness? As we start to unpack this, we can also look forward, to the long-term implications for the regulatory framework in the EU. Special focus will be on the Directive on re-use of public sector information a.k.a. the Public Sector Information Directive (Directive 2003/98/EC as amended by Directive 2013/37/EU).

Keywords: public sector information, open data, economic value, EU, transparency, freedom of information, accountability, open government, Directive 2013/37/EU

JEL Classification: K10

Suggested Citation

van Eechoud, Mireille, Open Data Values: Calculating and Monitoring the Benefits of Public Sector Information Re-Use (July 15, 2016). T. Dreier et al. (eds.), Informationen der öffentlichen Hand – Zugang und Nutzung, Nomos: Baden 2016, pp. 107-144; Institute for Information Law Research Paper No. 2016 - 03; Amsterdam Law School Research Paper No. 2016-30. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2810083

Mireille M. M. Van Eechoud (Contact Author)

Institute for Information Law University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Law ( email )

Amsterdam, 1018 WB
Netherlands

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