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Title: Open data platforms and their usability: Proposing a framework for evaluating citizen intentions
Authors: Kapoor, K
Weerakkody, V
Sivarajah, U
Keywords: Open data;Citizen;Usability;Evaluation;Public services
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Citation: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 9373: 261-271, (2015)
Abstract: Governments across the world are releasing public data in an effort to increase transparency of how public services are managed whilst also enticing citizens to participate in the policy decision-making processes. The channel for making open data available to citizens in the UK is the platform, which brings together data relating to various public services in one searchable website. The platform currently offers access to 25,500 datasets that are organized across key public service themes including health, transport, education, environment, and public spending in towns and cities. While the website reports 5,438,159 site visits as of June 2015, the average time spent on the site has been recorded at just 02:12 min per visitor. This raises questions regarding the actual use and usability of open data platforms and the extent to which they fulfill the stated outcomes of open data. In this paper, the authors examine usability issues surrounding open data platforms and propose a framework that can be used to evaluate their usability.
ISSN: 0302-9743
Appears in Collections:Brunel Business School Research Papers

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