Roadblocks hindering the reuse of open geodata in Colombia and Spain: a data user's perspective

Fernando Benitez-Paez*, Auriol Degbelo, Sergio Trilles, Joaquin Huerta

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Open data initiatives are playing an important role in current city governments. Despite more data being made open, few studies have looked into barriers to open geographic data reuse from a data consumer's perspective. This article suggests a taxonomy of these barriers for Colombia and Spain, based on a literature review, an online questionnaire, and workshops conducted in four cities of these two countries. The taxonomy highlights that issues such as outdated data, low integration of data producers, published data being difficult to access, misinterpretation and misuse of released data and their terms of use are the most relevant from the data consumer's point of view. The article ends with some recommendations to open data providers and research as regards steps to make open geographic data more usable in the countries analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Number of pages33
JournalISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information
Issue number1
Early online date27 Dec 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018


  • Open geographic data
  • Open government
  • Data reuse
  • Open cities
  • Colombia
  • Spain


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