Studying complex systems through design interventions Probing open government data ecosystems in the Netherlands

Erna Ruijer*, Justien Dingelstad, Albert Meijer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Recently, we have seen a rising interest in the study of complex systems in public administration. This paper demonstrates how specific design interventions, also referred to as ‘probes’, can be used to investigate complex systems. The value of this strategy is demonstrated by probing three open data ecosystems in the Netherlands. The probes produce a new understanding of the interrelations between underlying patterns and dynamics of open government data practices. Our research shows that probing is a promising research strategy that can produce rigorous academic knowledge on the underlying patterns and dynamics of complex systems in public administration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-149
Number of pages21
JournalPublic Management Review
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • Complex systems
  • design interventions
  • living lab
  • open data ecosystems
  • open government data

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