1. bookVolume 29 (2021): Issue 3 (September 2021)
Journal Details
First Published
30 Mar 2015
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4 times per year
access type Open Access

Open Data’s Role in Social Innovation Initiatives to Fight COVID-19

Published Online: 28 Oct 2021
Volume & Issue: Volume 29 (2021) - Issue 3 (September 2021)
Page range: 2 - 19
Received: 23 Jan 2021
Accepted: 13 Jun 2021
Journal Details
First Published
30 Mar 2015
Publication timeframe
4 times per year

Purpose: This study aims to explore the role open data assumes in social innovation initiatives that combat the effects of Covid-19, in which quantitative information about these projects is complemented with the analysis of open data innovation capabilities.

Methodology: A mixed methods approach is adopted. Initially, quantitative data regarding the number of innovative projects is extracted from the OPSI framework. Then, in a second phase, qualitative data from each project is explored to explore the open data innovation capabilities offered by each initiative.

Results: The results reveal that most social innovation initiatives focus on the area of data visualization dashboards and open datasets. However, some projects address other areas, e.g. hackathons, service availability, and tourism information.

Implications: Covid-19 profoundly affects the lives of people and businesses, and open data can assume a determinant role in mitigating these effects and improve information transparency and collaboration between public and private entities.

Originality/Value: This study is relevant for the establishment of supportive public policies that promote the emergence of open-data-driven initiatives to mitigate the effects of Covid-19 in several areas such as the economy, education, and leisure.


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