A prioritization-based analysis of local open government data portals

a case study of Chinese province-level governments

Di Wang*, Chuanfu Chen, Deborah Richards

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

While most data originate within a local context, our knowledge about the realization of open government data (OGD) at local levels is limited due to the lack of systematic analysis of local OGD portals. Thus, we focus on a core question about analysing and guiding the development of local OGD portals. An evaluation framework is developed based on the comparison of related studies and principles. To fill the gap in existing frameworks which lack clarity in the prioritization process, Analytic Hierarchy Process together with an expert survey is used to derive priorities of elements of the framework. To test the capability of the framework in analysing and guiding the development of local OGD portals, a case study of Chinese province-level OGD portals has been carried out. Results show that data accessibility and quality matter more than data quantity for a local OGD portal. Currently, Chinese province-level OGD portals are in their infancy of development, with a great gap between Taiwan and Hong Kong with other portals. Data relating to local statistics, credit records, and budget and spending are well released on portals in China. Population size and the size and wealth of the local government show no significant relation with the number of datasets. By combining priorities of the framework with evaluation results, it could help local governments to recognise their present shortcomings and give them recommendations for recognizing directions for OGD portal's future development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)644-656
Number of pages13
JournalGovernment Information Quarterly
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • Analytic hierarchy process
  • Data evaluation
  • Evaluation framework
  • Local government
  • Open government data
  • Open government data portal

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