Volume 3, Issue 3, September 2018, Page: 75-87
Developing Strategies for Improving Government Data Openness in China: A Quantitative Analysis and Assessment
Zhang Xiaojuan, School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China; Center for Studies of Information Resources, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
Sun Cheng, School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
Xiang Jinpeng, School of Information Management, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China; Center for Studies of Information Resources, Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
Received: Aug. 19, 2018;       Accepted: Sep. 11, 2018;       Published: Oct. 19, 2018
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijics.20180303.11      View  321      Downloads  14
Abstract
This paper aims to develop successful strategies for improving government data openness at state level in China based on its current status of Open Government Data (OGD) against the Open Data Barometer (ODB).For this purpose, firstly, primary and secondary data on the index scores of countries around the world from 2013 to 2016 were collected through the websites of ODB, followed by a statistical analysis of the data which showed the correlation of the indicators of the ODB, emphasized by the co efficiency between the indicators. Secondly, through the quantitative analysis of their survey on individual indicators in China, the authors found that the overall readiness of China’s OGD is acceptable, especially at the local government level, but its implementation and impact is still relatively backward. Further analysis of the assessment results of sub indicators identified the specific problems in China’s OGD. Finally, based on the correlation of indicators and the results of China's assessment, the authors proposed the strategies for the improvement of China’s OGD from the perspectives of readiness and implementation, which will facilitate an overall upgrade of national government data openness in the way of improving the performance on individual backward sub-indicators and addressing the identified problems. The “vertical” improvement of China's readiness is featured with a promotion of the common upgrade of execution and impact while the “horizontal” increase of execution leads to the development of subsequent impact. In addition, a comparative study showed that the former strategy has a slight advantage over the latter in terms of the expected results. This research is of practical significance as it will help to identify, prioritize, and address the most critical issues of government data openness in China.
Keywords
Open Government Data, Open Data, Open Data Barometer, Strategies, Assessment, China
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Zhang Xiaojuan, Sun Cheng, Xiang Jinpeng, Developing Strategies for Improving Government Data Openness in China: A Quantitative Analysis and Assessment, International Journal of Information and Communication Sciences. Vol. 3, No. 3, 2018, pp. 75-87. doi: 10.11648/j.ijics.20180303.11
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