In 2017, several researchers of the KCOD will be involved in a new research project to study the performance and governance of open spatial data at municipal level. The E-GOS Local project, which is co-funded by AMS, the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, is as an extension to the original E-GOS project. While the E-GOS project focuses on the governance and performance of open spatial data policies at the national (or macro) level, the E-GOS Local will investigate the governance and performance of open spatial data policies at organizational (or micro) level, as well as the link between the national and organizational policies (or between macro and micro). The E-GOS Local project will be conducted in close collaboration with the City of Amsterdam.
Many of the most valuable spatial data sets are produced, managed and maintained at the local level. In recent years, several municipalities have implemented their own open data agenda, often prior to the development and implementation of a national open data agenda. The challenge of governing open spatial data at municipal level is twofold: municipalities not only have to decide how to govern their own relationships with other stakeholders in the open data domain, but also need to think about their involvement in, contribution to, and adoption of national open data initiatives. In E-GOS Local, a comparative case study design will be implemented to investigate the governance and performance of open spatial data policies at municipal level.
A detailed investigation will be made of the open spatial data policy of the City of Amsterdam, in which the governance instruments and mechanisms adopted by the City will be assessed as well as the impact of these instruments and mechanisms on the performance of the open spatial data policy of the City. In addition, a comparative analysis will be made of the governance model applied in the City of Amsterdam and the governance models of several other municipalities in the Netherlands. Also the impact of these governance models of the performance of the open spatial data policy will be examined in this analysis.