Re-designing open data 2.0

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Since 2009, eighty-one countries subscribed to President Obama’s Open Government program including its dominant Open Data (OD) component. Do OD 2.0 plans address the problems detected during the first generation of this program (2010-2012)? If not, how can these plans be improved? The article is a review of the main lines of criticism of the original OD program based on lessons learned worldwide. OD1.0 suffered from bad design, flawed execution, and adverse consequences. OD 2.0 plans fail to address the critical flaws of the first OD program. The analysis of OD 1.0 reveals two primary lessons for converting OD 2.0 into a more focused and effective openness program: OD 2.0 architects must consider agencies’ data release strategies, and avoid creating a transparency “policy bubble”. Numerous countries followed the path of the original American OD program; therefore, the future of this program will have an impact on bureaucracies worldwide.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)187-199
Number of pages13
JournaleJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


  • Bureaucratic politics
  • Information technology
  • Open data
  • Open government
  • Transparency

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Computer Science Applications


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