Digital preservation: The conduit through which open data, electronic government and the right to information are implemented

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dc.contributor.author Adu, K.K.
dc.contributor.author Dube, L.
dc.contributor.author Adjei, E.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-29T15:07:50Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-29T15:07:50Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.issn 7378831
dc.identifier.issn vol. 34 No. 4
dc.identifier.other doi.10.1108/LHT-07-2016-0078
dc.identifier.uri http://ugspace.ug.edu.gh/handle/123456789/29649
dc.description.abstract Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the extent to which digital preservation facilitate the implementation of electronic government, open data and the right to information. Design/methodology/approach: A case study research which chronicles the link between transparency and data availability. It makes use of a theoretical framework based on the open archival information system to analyse, explain, clarify and justify the application of open data, electronic government and the right to information. Findings: The paper argued that e-government, open data and the RTI will remain elusive if a digital preservation infrastructure is not pursued. Within the context of e-government, the paper adumbrated that government agencies can incorporate e-government legislations into their digital preservation activities, precisely because the relationship between digital preservation and e-government have always been symbiotic. It alluded to the fact that an obligation will be placed on all public authorities and private agencies covered by the RTL law to create, keep and organise an effective and efficient system of record keeping, so as to give meaning to the right to information when citizens apply for information. Practical implications: Future research should examine closely the implication of open data government within the context of digital preservation. Whilst digital preservation looks forward to the longevity of digital records and its accessibility, open data focusses on the utility of these records through online services, reuse and distribution for the purposes of transparency and citizens’ participation. Originality/value: The application of digital preservation to open data in this paper appears to be more relevant at a time when most governments of the world are striving to obtain data to fight poverty, achieve universal primary education, fight HIV and foster maternal health. Its originality can further be established from the symbiotic relationship between digital preservation and electronic government, open data and the right to information. © 2016, © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd en_US
dc.subject Digital preservation en_US
dc.subject Electronic government en_US
dc.subject International Council on Archives en_US
dc.subject Open archival information system en_US
dc.subject Open data en_US
dc.subject Right to information en_US
dc.title Digital preservation: The conduit through which open data, electronic government and the right to information are implemented en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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