Involve has recently started a new project, looking at the relationship between open data, participation and democracy. We are looking to understand the extent to which public organisations are currently engaging with citizens and community groups using open data and to develop some recommendations for how this relationship could be improved.
Government ministers have stated that they believe open data will empower citizens and have spoken a number of times about their vision of “armchair auditors” holding government’s feet to the fire. However, at this stage there has been relatively little research into the extent to which this is actually happening. With our focus on participation and democracy at Involve, we are particularly interested in the extent to which public organisations are listening to and building relationships with citizens and groups using their data, for their own purposes or to hold government to account.
We are therefore looking to collect a series of case studies of citizens and community groups using and/or producing data. Do you know of:
If you are aware of any examples of the above, I would be very interested to hear. Equally, if you have any thoughts about the project in general – perhaps with regard to useful literature or angles you feel it should tackle, I would be very grateful to hear from you.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 207 7336 9443.
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