Open Government Data – A Key Element in the Digital Society

  • Henning Sten Hansen
  • Line Hvingel
  • Lise Schrøder
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8061)


During the last decade several initiatives have worked towards open and freely available data. First, the success by the OpenStreetMap and partly the free use of Google Maps have been a revelation for many users, both in the public sector as well as in the private sector. Additionally, several legal frameworks like the EU directive on Re-use of Public Sector Information and the INSPIRE Directive on geographic information have in various ways encouraged the re-use of public sector information. As a consequence, a minor group of European countries have launched their own open government data projects, and the current research focuses on the role of open public sector information as a major step towards a digital society by analysing the background, extent and expected impact of the Danish open government data initiative.


Spatial Data Infrastructure Open Government Data Public sector information 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henning Sten Hansen
    • 1
  • Line Hvingel
    • 1
  • Lise Schrøder
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Development and PlanningAalborg UniversityCopenhagenDenmark

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