As governments open up vast and complex datasets, theÂ expectation is that our lives as citizens will improve as aÂ consequence of the data being made publicly available.Â However, there are several stumbling blocks in the path ofÂ extracting benefits from open data. On the side of theÂ provider these barriers may include the effort and costÂ required to convert closed to open data; the cost ofÂ providing a user-focused context to ensure the uptake ofÂ complex datasets; poor data quality; absence of legal andÂ policy frameworks; a lack of capacity to implement andÂ sustain open data practices; and resistance by dataÂ custodians to opening data. On the side of the data user,Â barriers include lack of access, low levels of data literacy,Â lack of human, social and financial capital to effectively use
open data, and also to open up and combine severalÂ datasets that together can create value for citizens.
With its focus on developing country contexts, the researchÂ of the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in DevelopingÂ Countries, combined with the research proposed by thisÂ study, offers the opportunity to contribute to ourÂ theoretical understanding of change processes inÂ institutions. In particular, insight can be gained as to theÂ socio-technical conditions under which open dataÂ initiatives in public agencies are more or less likely toÂ succeed in the institutional domains under examination.