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Future Internet 2014, 6(3), 498-517; doi:10.3390/fi6030498

Assessing Social Value in Open Data Initiatives: A Framework

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)—CDM MTEI CSI ODY 1 16 (Odyssea) Station 5, Lausanne CH-1015, Switzerland
Department of Informatics Systems and Communication (DISCo)—University of Milano-Bicocca, U14 Building Viale Sarca, 336, Milano 20126, Italy
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Received: 4 March 2014 / Revised: 26 May 2014 / Accepted: 4 June 2014 / Published: 19 August 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Open Government Meets Social Data)
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Open data initiatives are characterized, in several countries, by a great extension of the number of data sets made available for access by public administrations, constituencies, businesses and other actors, such as journalists, international institutions and academics, to mention a few. However, most of the open data sets rely on selection criteria, based on a technology-driven perspective, rather than a focus on the potential public and social value of data to be published. Several experiences and reports confirm this issue, such as those of the Open Data Census. However, there are also relevant best practices. The goal of this paper is to investigate the different dimensions of a framework suitable to support public administrations, as well as constituencies, in assessing and benchmarking the social value of open data initiatives. The framework is tested on three initiatives, referring to three different countries, Italy, the United Kingdom and Tunisia. The countries have been selected to provide a focus on European and Mediterranean countries, considering also the difference in legal frameworks (civic law vs. common law countries).
Keywords: open data; social value; public value; assessment; classification open data; social value; public value; assessment; classification

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Viscusi, G.; Castelli, M.; Batini, C. Assessing Social Value in Open Data Initiatives: A Framework. Future Internet 2014, 6, 498-517.

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