If only we knew …what the economic, political and social impact of increased transparency is?

By the Transparency Working Group @ the London Summit on Re-Thinking Government, Re-Imagining Democracy

Overall research approach:

  • What is a general framework for performing active research on transparency?
  • What factors influence whether transparency leads to positive economic, political and/or social change?
  • What perceptions or differences exist among open datasets based on their providers: government agencies, NGOs, businesses and individuals?
  • What are some initiatives already underway that offer the potential for “live experiments”?

Desired outcomes:

  • How can we determine which factors lead to the ultimate success or failure of transparency initiatives in achieving desired outcomes?
  • How can we connect researchers working on similar projects in different academic fields and disciplines?
  • How can we use this research to inform government policy?
  • How can we encourage government agencies to open data both among themselves and for the public?
  • How can we encourage businesses to open data out of enlightened self-interest?

Factors for consideration:

  • Including both quantitative and qualitative (case-study) impact studies will be important
  • Both quantitative and qualitative (case-study) impact studies will be important
  • Research should not be focused on success/failure, but on the factors that lead to success or failure
  • To do that, study the lifecycle of open data: Transparency, usability, communication to users
  • Find opportunities for collaboration – beginning with social impact of open data in the global south (WWW Foundation/CTG)
  • Bring economists into the discussion (prize contest?)
  • What new forms of collaboration have emerged in the Internet era?

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