Open data and its peers: understanding promising harbingers from Nordic Europe

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The peer-to-peer perspective on open data is an interesting topic to research, taking into account that data-driven innovations and related startups are often developed independently by civic and private stakeholders in a highly collaborative manner and are tentatively beginning to directly compete with traditional e-government solutions, providing arguably better services to citizens and businesses. In this regard, the paper aims to further debate on the potential of such independent data-driven collaboration not only to transform the traditional mechanisms of public sector innovations but also provide more democratic ways to ensure greater transparency of government and its responsibility before the society. The paper also enters into philosophical debates about societal implications of digital peer-to-peer data-driven communication among people. Recent efforts to digitize almost every part of social life, starting from popularization of solutions for distant work and ending to online access to various public services, incentivize individual members of civil society to communicate in an inherently peer-to-peer way. This fact will definitely increase the demand for related digital services. Social distancing in a digital context will allow to paradoxically emancipate technically savvy and entrepreneurial people in creating new services, including using open data, which could meet the demand.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-27
JournalAslib Journal of Information Management
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • open data-driven projects
  • Open data
  • e-government
  • E-government
  • e-government agenda
  • Digital government
  • Digital politics
  • Digital democracy
  • e-democracy
  • Nordic Europe
  • Nordic countries
  • Social democracy
  • Peers
  • Peer-to-peer
  • Public policy
  • Public administration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Public Administration
  • Library and Information Sciences

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