Emerging implications of open and linked data for knowledge sharing in development

Davies, Timothy G. and Edwards, Duncan (2012) Emerging implications of open and linked data for knowledge sharing in development [in special issue: New Roles for Communication in Development] The IDS Bulletin, 43, (5), pp. 117-127. (doi:10.1111/j.1759-5436.2012.00372.x).


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Movements towards open data involve the publication of datasets (from metadata on publications, to research, to operational project statistics) online in standard formats and without restrictions on reuse. A number of open datasets are published as linked data, creating a web of connected datasets. Governments, companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the world are increasingly exploring how the publication and use of open and linked data can have impacts on governance, economic growth and the delivery of services. This article outlines the historical, social and technical trajectories that have led to current interest in, and practices around, open data. Drawing on three example cases of working with open and linked data it takes a critical look at issues that development sector knowledge intermediaries may need to engage with to ensure the socio-technical innovations of open and linked data work in the interests of greater diversity and better development practice.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1759-5436.2012.00372.x
ISSNs: 0308-5872 (print)
Organisations: Social Sciences
ePrint ID: 343198
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September 2012Published
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2012 11:09
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 16:35
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/343198

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