Open Government Data and Value Creation - Mechanisms from political perspectives, transcended through to the commercial sector

Ninni Gustavsen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In the midst of the current technological developments, digital data is today seen as an essential resource for governments and external stakeholders alike. Government institutions are producing vast quantities of data that can be difficult to obtain otherwise. Guided by critical realism and the search for mechanisms explaining the connection between Open Government Data (OGD) and value creation, this thesis analyses how two political organizations understand opening up government data and the value it creates. Furthermore, it explores how OGD is applied in the private sector and if the political motivations transcends to the private sector. The findings are that the two political institutions, the Danish Agency for Digitisation, and the Data Policy & Innovation unit in DG Connect from the European Commission, are driven by different mechanisms and motivations for opening up government data, however agree on the possible outcomes. The Danish Agency for Digitisation focuses on transparency and participation as well as internal innovation within the government agencies, while the European Union focuses on creating a Digital Single Market and creating value through Innovation and Efficiency Mechanisms. The case of DinGeo highlights that opening up government data is not enough alone; it is central that this action leads to the data actually being used by the citizens. The findings of this thesis have contributed knowledge of OGD and value creation to a small academic research field in development

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato2 jan. 2017
Antal sider67
VejledereBirte Hansen


  • Open Government Data, Danish Agency for Digitasation, European Union, European Commission, Mechanisms, Value creation