WS I: Open Data Requirements

Tuesday, 3rd July 2012, 10.30 – 12.30
Animator: Anneke Zuiderwijk, Technical University Delft

In the last years the value of opening up i.e. publishing government data has been acknowledged increasingly. However, at this moment, the deposition, access and use of open public sector data is often cumbersome and could be improved. The aim of this workshop is to exchange knowledge and ideas about the status of open data, its benefits and challenges and user requirements. Based on a questionnaire that was conducted among open data users, the organizers of this workshop will put forward several propositions, which will provide the basis for an interactive discussion among all participants. Subsequently, the presenters show the interim results of the questionnaire and the results of an extensive literature review on benefits, barriers and challenges for the use of open data. Finally, the e-infrastructure for open data that is being developed in the ENGAGE project, which is based on the user requirements, and some of its most important functionalities will be shown. This e-infrastructure can be beneficial for the participants, for instance because it may help them with conducting research or making policy decisions.

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  1. Challenges for the use of open government data

    The most important challenges for the use of open government data concern:
    - Fragmentation of open data
    - Lack of access to open data
    - Lack of interoperability
    - Difficulties with processing of data

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    • Important requirements for the use of open public sector data

      Very useful but also very difficult actions with regard to using open government data are:
      - Finding open public sector data
      - Discovering and browsing datasets on different levels in the own language;
      - Getting training or help on the use of open data;
      - Providing feedback by rating the data
      - Providing feedback to the data producer by putting needs
      - Uploading datasets; and
      - Uploading processed, enhanced, extended, annotated and/or linked datasets.

      Those actions might be the most important requirements of open data users.

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      • focus on supporting the following actions for using OGD: statistical analysis, academic publications, data linking and policy research

        A questionnaire on open government data that Delft University of Technology is currently conducting reveals that open government data is most important for the following purposes: statistical analysis, academic publications, data linking and policy research. Therefore, I suggest to focus on supporting those purposes, for example by adding considerable metadata and providing certain tools for linking and visualizing data.

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