Creating a map of a data ecosystem can help us to understand and explain where and how the use of data creates value. A data ecosystem map can help to identify the key data stewards and users, the relationships between them and the different roles they play. Representing ecosystems in detailed maps can be particularly useful when contexts are complex, not well understood or not yet fully developed.
This webinar discusses how a data ecosystem map can be used to describe how data is being shared across the Data Spectrum. Speakers show how a map can show how open data is being used to deliver a service, or how data is being shared in more limited ways. There are benefits to be gained not only from creating a map of a data ecosystem, but also from the process of drawing it. Mapping requires you to consider different actors, relationships and ideas in the system, and can generate useful insights and talking points. As a collaborative process it can build understanding of a data ecosystem across different stakeholders. The end product is useful as a communication tool to support engagement across the data ecosystem.