Beyond big data, the open data revolution for research

Paul Benneworth, Inge Bakker, Willem-Jan Velderman

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The Netherlands has pioneered the use of open data by public authorities, driven by a desire to exploit existing local government information and data to help solve other kinds of policy problem, to improve transparency of decision-making and to stimulate data commercialisation. But recently emphasis has shifted from improving transparency to improving municipality service delivery and policy development. In this chapter we question whether open data can improve regional decision-making. Drawing on a case study of a region in the east of the Netherlands, we identify potential opportunities for, and barriers to, using open data in delivering smart social cities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge, Policymaking and Learning for European Cities and Regions
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Research to Practice
EditorsNicola Francesco Dotti
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-78643-364-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-78643-363-3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameNew Horizons in Regional Science series
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing

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