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Open Data: Barriers when adopting, implementing, and innovating open data in local municipal organizations.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The open data concept is based on the EU directive from 2003 with the goal to highlight the need for member states to increase and digitalize their public data and thus achieving transparency and stimulating economic growth based on new innovations. In Sweden, the development has fallen behind expectations and are currently the worst performing nordic country in open data development. In relation, research on open data is limited, especially when it come to barriers and challenges for adopting strategies to handle open data for local public organizations. This research is therefore aimed towards understanding and identifying barriers for adopting open data in local public organizations in Sweden. To answer this, we have conducted a case study based on the municipality of Örnsköldsviks. Our findings suggest that existing research on open data is somewhat lacking in the areas of ethical issues,  the private sector and the challenge of  moving towards openness; these are important aspects to consider when it comes to open data development. Furthermore, our results indicate that collaboration on both national and regional levels is advantageous and combined with PSI Directive improvements, is something that can bridge the gap between open data barriers and ambitions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 36 p.
Informatik Student Paper Master (INFSPM), SPM 2014.19
Keyword [en]
Open Data, Barriers, Public Organizations, PSI Directive, e-Government
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-90137OAI: diva2:726112
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Örnsköldsvik Municipality
Educational program
Master's Programme in IT Management
Available from: 2014-06-18 Created: 2014-06-17 Last updated: 2014-06-18Bibliographically approved

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