Open Data: Construction and Critiques (notes for guest lecture)

Below are the slides, links and further reading for a lecture given 21st Feb as part of the Digital Media Futures course at LSE taking a critical look at the open government data landscape. I’ll add to these after the class if any other links or relevant papers come up.

Class participants: your (critical) feedback is very welcome by way of comments below. This overview of open data is an ongoing work in progress.


View more presentations from Tim Davies.


In more depth/source material to explore:

Berners-Lee, T. (1999). Weaving the Web: The Past, Present and Future of the World Wide Web by its Inventor (p. 255).

Bowker, G. C. (2000). Biodiversity datadiversity. Social Studies of Science, 643–683. Retrieved from

Davies, T. (2010). Open data, democracy and public sector reform: A look at open government data use from data. gov. uk. Practical Participation. Available at

Kundra, V. (2012). Digital Fuel of the 21st Century: Innovation through Open Data and the Network Effect. Public Policy. Cambridge, Mass.

Lathrop, D., & Ruma, L. (2010). Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice. O’Reilly Media.

Mcclean, T. (2011). Not with a Bang but a Whimper The Politics of Accountability and Open Data in the UK.

Scott, J. C. (1998). Seeing like a state. Yale University Press New Haven, CT.

One Comment

  1. CA

    Another reference and one step further in a more theoretical direction:
    Yannick Rumpala, Knowledge and praxis of networks as a political project, 21st Century Society, Volume 4, Issue 3, November 2009,

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