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Re-use of open data from public sector - Towards a definition
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Computer Science. (Informationssystem)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1732-3896
(English)In: Information Polity, ISSN 1570-1255, E-ISSN 1875-8754Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

The current focus on releasing open data from public sector and allowing this data to be a resource in new outputs seems to be hampered in its evolvement. Despite the growing number of open data, re-use of this data is not reaching the expected levels. This paper sets out to increase our understanding of one of the key activities, the re-use of open data, in order to bring clarity into the processes for making open data the valuable resource it is believed to have a potential to. Specifically, this study aims at deriving at a definition of the yet blurry concept of open data re-use, and by doing so, contributes to form a foundation for future research on open data re-use.

By undertaking a literature review; current policies in Europe where analysed, three research streams on open data re-use were identified, the scope and boundaries of re-use as an activity well as the re-users of open data were investigated, before a definition finally were derived through a discussion. At the end, reflections on future research based on findings in the discussions are made to further excel our scholarly understanding of open data re-use and the long-term effects of it. 

Keyword [en]
open data re-use, open government, open data, PSI-directive
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Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-61237OAI: diva2:1059646
Available from: 2016-12-22 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-22

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