Future Internet 2014, 6(3), 414-432; doi:10.3390/fi6030414
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Open Data and Open Governance in Canada: A Critical Examination of New Opportunities and Old Tensions

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Received: 25 February 2014; in revised form: 26 May 2014 / Accepted: 4 June 2014 / Published: 27 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Open Government Meets Social Data)
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Abstract: As governments develop open data strategies, such efforts reflect the advent of the Internet, the digitization of government, and the emergence of meta-data as a wider socio-economic and societal transformational. Within this context the purpose of this article is twofold. First, we seek to both situate and examine the evolution and effectiveness of open data strategies in the Canadian public sector, with a particular focus on municipal governments that have led this movement. Secondly, we delve more deeply into—if and how, open data can facilitate more open and innovative forms of governance enjoining an outward-oriented public sector (across all government levels) with an empowered and participative society. This latter vantage point includes four main and inter-related dimensions: (i) conceptualizing public value and public engagement; (ii) media relations—across traditional intermediaries and channels and new social media; (iii) political culture and the politics of privacy in an increasingly data-centric world; and (iv) federated architectures and the alignment of localized, sub-national, and national strategies and governance mechanisms. This article demonstrates how each of these dimensions includes important determinants of not only open data’s immediate impacts but also its catalytic ability to forge wider and collective innovation and more holistic governance renewal.
Keywords: open; data; government; governance; collective; innovation; collaboration; media; digital; online
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Roy, J. Open Data and Open Governance in Canada: A Critical Examination of New Opportunities and Old Tensions. Future Internet 2014, 6, 414-432.

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Roy J. Open Data and Open Governance in Canada: A Critical Examination of New Opportunities and Old Tensions. Future Internet. 2014; 6(3):414-432.

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Roy, Jeffrey. 2014. "Open Data and Open Governance in Canada: A Critical Examination of New Opportunities and Old Tensions." Future Internet 6, no. 3: 414-432.

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