Technical, Managerial, and Institutional Correlates of Data Sharing in Local Government
21 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2013
Date Written: July 17, 2013
Although the rise of big data, open government, and social media implies greater data sharing, data exchange involves a complex social process. Based on prior research, this paper hypothesizes that greater data sharing will occur in agencies that demonstrate characteristics of interdependency, asymmetries of power and influence, and imposed requirements for access and exchange. Additionally, we anticipate that organization factors, including technical capacity and agency type, will explain data sharing outcomes. We test hypotheses using data from a 2012 national survey of local government managers in the US. Generally, the findings provide some support for the hypotheses and indicate that despite the significant improvements in technical feasibility of data sharing, sharing is strongly determined by social and organizational factors. Conclusions provide insights for future research directions and for practice.
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