Redistributing Data Worlds: Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Democracy

Author: Jonathan Gray

Abstract: Open data, defined as a set of ideas and conventions that transform information into a reusable public resource, is promoted for various purposes: to improve the transparency of public institutions, to create projects that strengthen democracy, to stimulate economic growth. The social and technical infrastructures that support open data recompose the “worlds of data”: new social collectives are formed, new practices creating meaning appear. Transnational political initiatives are emerging. Far from being a simple “release” of data, it does not go without translation, mediation, and new social practices. But can this movement serve as a basis for a richer democratic deliberation, or is it destined to socially institutionalize various forms of bureaucratization and commodification?

Citation: Gray, Jonathan, Redistributing Data Worlds: Open Data, Data Infrastructures and Democracy (Quand les mondes de données sont redistribués: Open Data, infrastructures de données et démocratie) (August 1, 2017). Gray, J. (2017). Quand les mondes de données sont redistribués: Open Data, infrastructures de données et démocratie. Statistique et Société, 5(3), 29–34.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3111720

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