Open Data Intermediaries and Economic Ownership Rights
Absent in the research literature is a consideration of how data intermediaries interpret the ownership rights of the individual actors from whom they ‘extract’ data. At the individual level, data may hold less value and is readily exchanged in data for free services economies. However, at the collective or aggregated level, data become more valuable, placing the intermediary in a position to extract additional value from the data. What is unclear is whether intermediaries provide fair compensation, either monetary or in other forms of value, from this added value to those who provide the data. This research project will study the actors and data flows in a data ecosystem to determine the effects of open data intermediaries, both positive and/or negative, particularly on the economic ownership rights of those who provide data.