A promising phenomenon of open data: A case study of the Chicago open data project

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This article presents a case study of the open data project in the Chicago area. The main purpose of the research is to explore empowering potential of an open data phenomenon at the local level as a platform useful for promotion of civic engagement projects and provide a framework for future research and hypothesis testing. Today the main challenge in realization of any e-government projects is a traditional top-down administrative mechanism of their realization itself practically without any input from members of the civil society. In this respect, the author of the article argues that the open data concept realized at the local level may provide a real platform for promotion of proactive civic engagement. By harnessing collective wisdom of the local communities, their knowledge and visions of the local challenges, governments could react and meet citizens' needs in a more productive and cost-efficient manner. Open data-driven projects that focused on visualization of environmental issues, mapping of utility management, evaluating of political lobbying, social benefits, closing digital divide, etc. are only some examples of such perspectives. These projects are perhaps harbingers of a new political reality where interactions among citizens at the local level will play a more important role than communication between civil society and government due to the empowering potential of the open data concept.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-513
Number of pages6
JournalGovernment Information Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2013


  • Case study
  • Chicago
  • Civic engagement
  • Freedom of information
  • Open data
  • Open government

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law

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