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Maturity and Sustainability of Open Governmental Data


dg.o 2018: 19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research

Theme: Governance in the data age
Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
30 May – 1 June, 2018 (Wednesday – Friday) 
Email: dgo2018(at)
Twitter handle: #dgo2018 

Maturity and Sustainability of Open Governmental Data

Track Chairs: Dr. Tobias Siebenlist  and  Dr. Agnes Mainka
Department of Information Science
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany

Providing open data sets through open data portals is not enough. To achieve a lasting solution for the administration as well as for citizens maturity and sustainability of Open Governmental Data (OGD) are viable factors. Maturity can be measured for example based on Moon’s (2002) five-stage model or based on two key indicators Carrara, Nieuwenhuis & Vollers (2016) have presented. Using these models, the state of maturity can be measured and open data providers categorized regarding their open data activities. Sustainability on the other hand can be investigated following the recommendations by Sasse et al. (2017). An analysis of the interviews they carried out gives an overview about criteria for sustainable open data usage. Besides these specialized models and recommendations, the 5-star deployment scheme for open data from Berners-Lee ( can be seen as a general scheme for the improvement of the provision of open data.
Both aspects (maturity and sustainability) belong together and promote each other.
The importance of these factors grows as more and more open data sets are published and new portals are set up. The diversity of both factors facilitates a broad range of aspects that can be covered within this session.

Major topics include:

  • Defining maturity and sustainability for Open Governmental Data
  • Open Data readiness
  • Evolution of portal software
  • Maintenance of data sets (e.g. Updates)
  • Key Performance Indicators for both aspects
  • What can we learn from leaders in the field? (Best Practices)
  • Standardization of processes

Open Data Readiness, Maturity, Sustainability, Maintenance, Performance, Evaluation, Standardization


  • January 15, 2018: Papers are due
  • January 20, 2018: Workshops, tutorials, and panel proposals due
  • March 1, 2018: Application deadline for 2018 doctoral colloquium
  • March 1, 2018: Notifications of acceptance
  • March 15, 2018: Posters and demo proposals due
  • April 1, 2018: Poster/demo author notifications
  • April 5, 2018: Camera-ready manuscripts due
  • May 5, 2018: Early registration closes!