Americans’ Views on Open Government Data

Americans’ Views on Open Government Data. Pew Research Center. John B. Horrigan and Lee Rainie. April 21, 2015.

Government reformers and advocates believe that two contemporary phenomena hold the potential to change how people engage with governments at all levels. The first is data. There is more of it than ever before and there are more effective tools for sharing it. This creates new service-delivery possibilities for government through use of data that government agencies themselves collect and generate. The second is public desire to make government more responsive, transparent and effective in serving citizens — an impulse driven by tight budgets and declining citizens’ trust in government. This report is based on the first national survey that seeks to benchmark public sentiment about the government initiatives that use data to cultivate the public square. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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