Open Government Data in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: An analysis of progress

Ibrahim Mutambik*, Abdullah Almuqrin, John Lee, Jeffrey Gauthier, Abdullah Homadi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract / Description of output

Open government data (OGD) has been introduced relatively recently in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC Countries). However, progress has been significantly less than either hoped for or expected. The purpose of this research is to explore the reasons for this lack of progress. To do so, the attitudes and views of a range of senior government department (OGD-related) personnel were sought, using semi-structured interviews, and the results examined using thematic analysis. Unlike existing studies, which focus on external barriers to progress, this study focuses on internal factors which can result in a lack of progress to implementation, such as leadership attitudes, organisational culture and fear of failure. The findings show that considerable changes are required at both an ideological and practical level, if the gap between expectation and reality is to be closed. The paper concludes with recommendations of specific actions that can be taken to close this gap and the identification of areas where further study would be useful.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7200
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2022

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • e-government
  • GCC countries
  • open data
  • open data barrier
  • open data benefit
  • open data portals
  • open government data


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