Web Science Poster #rswebsci

The following poster (also available on the report pages – please link there if referencing) was presented at the ‘Web Science: A New Frontier’ satellite meeting at The Royal Society Kavli Centre, 29th September 2010 and summarises some elements of the study. Click the image to access a full-size version on Flickr, or find a PDF copy […]

Online version: Open Data, Democracy and Public Sector Reform

A report based on the research for my MSc Dissertation is now available here*. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the research whether in discussions, interviews or responding to the survey. As promised, I’ve started to share data from the survey, and will add to this as time allows in coming weeks. Published for […]


The University bit is done. Having a few days to breathe – and then I’ll try and work out how best to draw out the practical learning from the project…

Almost there…

After a few weeks battling with a very tight word-limit (note to self: don’t try an exploratory, mixed-method and strongly qualitative research design if faced with a 10,000 word limit in future…) I’ve almost completed the dissertation part of this project. I believe the dissertation itself needs to be marked before I can share it […]

Who is using open government data? Survey analysis

I’ve been uploading more of the raw data from the survey to the survey page today alongside putting together a reflective-journal/open-workbench presentation detailing the analysis behind the ‘Open Government Data User Motivations’ section of my dissertation write up. The presentation is embedded below or accessible on SlideShare here. Who is using Open Government Data – […]

Why put government data online?

I’m revisiting my literature review as I enter the last few weeks of writing up this study for my MSc dissertation, and I wanted to try and get a sense of all the different arguments that have been put forward for the release of Open Government Data. So, here’s the ongoing list of different arguments […]

Processes of unlocking data: open data study

Processes of unlocking data: open data study

To use open government data, first there has to be some data there. For reasons of scope and space, the dramatic opening up of government datasets over the last few years is likely to be little more than a few lines at the start of my dissertation before I turn to look at use of data, but […]

Open Data in Developing Countries

The focus of my work is currently on the Exploring the Emerging Impacts of Open Data in Developing Countries (ODDC) project with the Web Foundation.

MSc – Open Data & Democracy

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