Open Data Reuse and Information Needs Satisfaction: A Method to Bridge the Gap

Elisabeth Gebka, Jonathan Crusoe, Karin Ahlin

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Data providers share open government data (OGD) to be transformed by reusers into products and services. OGD is believed to lead to many benefits but is not reaching its expected level of reuse. Data providers have attempted to use crowdsourcing contests to tackle this issue, but reusers seem to participate more for themselves than the needs of citizens. This paper presents a tentative workshop method to capture activity-based information needs of end-users in an everyday context, in order to inform publishers and inspire reusers to bridge the gap between them and end-users. The workshop is developed using design science research. It is presented as a facilitator script that can be used by practitioners, data providers, or reusers. The outputs can inform data providers about valuable datasets to release and inspire reusers to innovate sought after solutions and be adapted by open data researchers to collect data about information needs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2020
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of Ongoing Research, Practitioners, Workshops, Posters, and Projects of the Internationa
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2020
EventEGOV2020 – IFIP EGOV-CeDEM-EPART 2020 - Linkoping, Linkoping, Sweden
Duration: 31 Aug 20202 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1613-0073


ConferenceEGOV2020 – IFIP EGOV-CeDEM-EPART 2020


  • Open Government Data
  • Information Need
  • Workshop
  • User-centred method


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