Research strand 2

Open data and data sharing

At all levels, from local to national, agencies, organisations, and governments have begun to open up their data and make it available freely to all. This movement towards openness and transparency is driven by international agreements, such as the open government partnership, by increased demands by citizens for increased access to data for transparency and accountability purposes, and also due to the benefits associated with open government data availability, such as innovation and economic growth. At the Hertie School’s Centre for Digital Governance, we aim to create new understanding about how data is being opened up by governments, how this data is being and can be used by any stakeholder to create services and value. In addition, we investigate what the tangible and empirically verifiable benefits of open government data, but, also, the potential “dark-side” of increasing openness.