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Open Data as a Foundation for Innovation: The Enabling Effect of Free Public Sector Information for Entrepreneurs
IEEE Access (2013)
  • Erik Lakomaa, Stockholm School of Economics
  • Jan Kallberg, University of Texas at Dallas
Abstract

Public open data access has a direct impact on future IT entrepreneurs' perception of ability to execute their business plans. Using high quality (50%–98% response rate) survey data from 138 Swedish IT-entrepreneurs, we find that access to public open data is considered very important for many IT-startups; 43% find open data essential for the realization of their business plan and 82% claim that access would support and strengthen the business plan. The survey also indicates a significant interest in, and willingness to pay for, public sector information data from companies that do not intend to commercialize data themselves but intend to use it to support or test other business models. From the survey, it is possible to infer that the previous discourse on open data, viewing it as a means for government accountability or e-government, or as the foundation for the commercialization of public sector information data is too limited. Open data should instead be seen as an enabler of innovation outside these traditional sectors. This also indicates that the previously calculated societal values of open data might be underestimated.

Keywords
  • transparency,
  • open data,
  • open government,
  • PSI
Disciplines
Publication Date
Summer August 30, 2013
Citation Information
Erik Lakomaa and Jan Kallberg. "Open Data as a Foundation for Innovation: The Enabling Effect of Free Public Sector Information for Entrepreneurs" IEEE Access Vol. 1 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jan_kallberg/18/