The Open Data Challenge: Data Disclosure Between Citizen Empowerment and Digital Economy
The Open Data issue (Volk, 2011; Auer at al., 2014; Bates, 2012; Kitchin, 2014; Gurin, 2014), promoting the transparency and online accessibility to governmental information, is a central part of this transformation. On this topic an extensive literature exists, mostly technical, or focused on regulatory, or economic aspects. We chose, instead, to study the phenomenon from a perspective on which there is a poorer analysis (Postigo, 2012; Tauberer, 2014): the role of spontaneous and informal groups of citizens that decide to mobilize exclusively for promoting data disclosure.
The study is focused mainly on the analysis of an Open Data Movement in a specific local environment, named Open Data Sicilia. It will analyze the birth and development of this on line community through mixed methodological approaches, combining traditional ethnographic observation with a net-nographic approach (Kozinets 2002), in order to assess how valuable this research path could be and fixing a possible research agenda on this topic.