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Open Data Ecosystems

Introducing the Stimulator Function

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Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective (EGOVIS 2017)


The ecosystem perspective is widespread in open data research. First, some open data ecosystem models are discussed according to the roles identified. In these systems, we found room for a new role, at least a transversal role, consisting in stimulating the ecosystem. This role is specific in that it implies to understand the configuration, the mechanisms of the ecosystems and to define an influence strategy. Then, we show that strategic management has thoroughly analyzed the role of stimulator, or leader, that this discipline has built strong theoretical frameworks grounded in case studies. Therefore, we discuss the interest and the conditions to transpose these findings to an open data context and enrich the dimensions of stimulator’s functions. Following several spearhead initiatives, we state that public procurement is the best vehicle for channeling stimulator interventions. We conclude by a diagram summarizing the stimulator’s role that is intended to be instantiated in the frame of the BE-GOOD programme.

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Martin, S., Turki, S., Renault, S. (2017). Open Data Ecosystems. In: Kő, A., Francesconi, E. (eds) Electronic Government and the Information Systems Perspective. EGOVIS 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 10441. Springer, Cham.

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