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Humanizing Data: A framework for Open Government Data decision making

Chafetz, Hannah (2021) Humanizing Data: A framework for Open Government Data decision making. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Chafetz, Hannah

The objectives of Open Government Data (OGD) are to promote transparency, accountability, and collaboration with the public. Structural issues within Subnational OGD and limited governance of urban data collection technologies have led to public concerns about ethical data collection, privacy, and digital human rights. However, OGD research is often purpose-driven evaluating specific parts of the system from a technical perspective and forgoes what data means to us as humans living in cities. The purpose of this study is to examine OGD use in Canada’s cities from a values-based perspective. Using design thinking, strategic foresight, and systems thinking methodology, this research first investigates the current state of the system and uncovers that the metaphor, knowledge is power, is contributing to its insufficiencies. Alternative system metaphors are unpacked using future scenarios that demonstrate areas of critical uncertainty to which we are unprepared. Using the scenarios as the guide, this research submits decision making principles that OGD decision makers and open data advocates can use to humanize data.

Date: 10 September 2021
Uncontrolled Keywords: Open Government Data, open data, data gaps, future of cities, smart cities, foresight, design thinking, systems thinking, Causal Layered Analysis, scenarios, Iterative Process of Inquiry, stakeholder mapping, horizon scan
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2021 15:22
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 16:02
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/3507

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