Open Data: Creating Communities and Practices for a New Common

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10750)


Open Data are increasingly seen as a new and very relevant resource, that can dramatically change the landscape of the services and infrastructure in urban environments. This opportunity is often conceptualized by defining open data as a new common. Open data however, are not necessarily a commons, at least in the sense defined by Bollier [1], they are rather a shareable resource, which will only be accessed and used if a community exists around them and a set of practices and rules are defined to manage them. This paper is focusing on those two aspects: the creation of a community of users and a set of practices that regulate and facilitate the use of open data. Communities and practices, the two elements that would turn open data into a common, are not emerging spontaneously; their emergence needs to be appropriately designed.


Open data Commons OpenDataLab Service design 



This article reports the work for the EU H2020 Project Open4Citizens, funded in 2016 within the CAPS (Cooperative Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation), project number 687818.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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