Open Data and Beyond

Published on
April 8, 2016

The article of Frederika Welle Donker, Bastiaan van Loenen and Arnold Bregt: Open Data and Beyond, has been published in the International Journal of Geo-Information 2016, 5(4), 48.


In recent years, there has been an increasing trend of releasing public sector information as open data. Governments worldwide see the potential benefits of opening up their data. The potential benefits are more transparency, increased governmental efficiency and effectiveness, and external benefits, including societal and economic benefits. The private sector also recognizes potential benefits of making their datasets available as open data. One such company is Liander, an energy network administrator in the Netherlands. Liander views open data as a contributing factor to energy conservation. However, to date there has been little research done into the actual effects of open data. This research has developed a monitoring framework to assess the effects of open data, and has applied the framework to Liander’s small-scale energy consumption dataset.

Keywords: open data; effects of open data; monitoring framework