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Open data within municipalities: Does cooperation between municipalities on the topic of open data improve the provision of open data by municipalities? A case study involving Dutch Municipalities

Mol, L. (2016) Open data within municipalities: Does cooperation between municipalities on the topic of open data improve the provision of open data by municipalities? A case study involving Dutch Municipalities.

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Abstract:This research investigates the extent to which 45 mid-sized Dutch municipalities with between 50.000 and 100.000 inhabitants, provide open access to their data and to what extent they cooperate with other municipalities to do so. Prior to the actual case study first theories on open data and on cooperation are explained and connected. These theories form the basis for the secondary data analysis, which was conducted to gain more insights on the provision of open data by municipalities. As well as for a survey questionnaire, that was sent to 45 city managers in order to gain appropriate insights on the cooperation on the topic of open data. Based on the results of the survey and the secondary data analysis, the research finds that as of today, seven out of 45 mid-sized Dutch municipalities are already providing open access to (some of their) data. 26 out of 31 municipalities that filled in the survey, stated to be taking action on the topic of open data to some extent or to a higher extent. 23 of these municipalities are already cooperating with other municipalities on the topic of open data at least to some extent. The research finds no significant relationship between the extent of cooperation and the provision of open data (α=0.05). What the research does show is that many municipalities are already taking action on the topic of open data. Thus we can expect that within the upcoming years, much more municipal data will become openly available.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70715
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