Open data innovation capabilities: Towards a framework of how to innovate with open data

Silja Eckartz, Tijs Van den Broek, Merel Ooms*

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Abstract

Innovation based on open data lags behind the high expectations of policy makers. Hence, open data researchers have investigated the barriers of open data publication and adoption. This paper contributes to this literature by taking a capabilities perspective on how successful open data re-users create value out of the available data sources. First, a framework of IT, organization and skills capabilities required to innovate with data is derived from literature. Second, a case study including a survey and interview with managers from 12 frontrunners in the Netherlands was conducted. The analysis reveals that skills are valued the highest closely followed by organizational capabilities. Setting up a multi-disciplinary team with motivated employees and giving this team the mandate to experiment with data, is essential when innovating with open data. Theoretically, this study contributes to open data research by offering a new capabilities perspective on the organizational level. Our results highlight the importance of entrepreneurship theories to explain value creation with open data. Practically, our study suggests that digital skills and start-ups are important to the open government data policies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElectronic Government - 15th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference, EGOV 2016, Proceedings
EditorsMaria A. Wimmer, Efthimios Tambouris, Olivier Glassey, Peter Parycek, Marijn Janssen, Bram Klievink, Ida Lindgren, Delfina Sá Soares, Hans Jochen Scholl, Tomasz Janowski
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages47-60
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9783319444208
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event15th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Government, EGOV 2016 - Guimaraes, Portugal
Duration: 5 Sep 20168 Sep 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9820 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference15th IFIP WG 8.5 International Conference on Electronic Government, EGOV 2016
CountryPortugal
CityGuimaraes
Period5/09/168/09/16

Keywords

  • Capabilities
  • Open data
  • Public sector innovation
  • Re-use
  • Value of data and apps

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