The Social Shaping of Open Data through Administrative
Many models have been provided in the last years that aim at
describing an optimal open data publication process. However,
they fail to explain the different outcomes of open data initiatives.
Based on qualitative research this paper conceptualises the open
data phenomenon as a set of techno-political arenas in which
different interests of a variety of actors potentially and actually
collide. The micro-political arena model constitutes an instrument
to delineate the social and institutional context of open data that
can be employed to explain the successes, as well as the failures
of individual open data projects.
Sirko Hunnius is an e-government and public management scholar. He holds a diploma in economics and public management. Sirko currently works at the Institute for eGovernment (IfG.CC) on topics like e-government competencies, open data, IT governance, and public mergers.
Bernhard Krieger holds a Magister Artium in cultural anthropology from the Ludwig¬-Maximilians University Munich and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. At the IfG.CC Bernhard Krieger is head of international research and project manager for the OpenDataMonitor project.
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