WebNews                                                    June 4, 2014 |  Vol 17, Issue 7

Meghan Cook Receives UAlbany Initiatives in Women Award to Participate at CeDEM14 in Krems, Austria

Theresa Pardo starts term as 2014-16 President of the Digital Government Society (DGS); Natalie Helbig joins DGS Board
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Research Discussion @ CTG
June 9, 2014 | 10:30
Challenges and Opportunities of Sustaining e-Government in Developing Countries
Dr. Zamira Dzhusupova
CTG Visiting Scholar


Call for Papers 
HICSS 48 E-Government Track Submission Deadline: 
June 15, 2014


15th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o2014)
June 18-21, 2014
Aguascalientes City, Mexico  

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Sharon Dawes to Keynote IFIP eGov 2014
September 1-3, 2014
Dublin, Ireland

Sharon Dawes will give keynote on E-government and Innovation: A Fresh Look at Experience.

In addition, Dawes and J. Ramon Gil-Garcia are senior faculty of the PhD Colloquium, and serving on the Program Committee. Ramon will also present two papers on which he is co-author, Towards an Evaluation Model for Open Government: A Preliminary Proposal, and The Problem of Technological and Social Determinism: Integrative Approaches and some Non-Deterministic Concepts for Digital Government


Identifying Stakeholder and User Capabilities


CTG recently hosted and participated in four workshops bringing together different clusters of users to examine big data, open data, and opening government.   


Understanding the diverse interests and needs of different stakeholder groups within the larger big and open data ecosystem are cornerstones of CTG's research programs on opening government and governance informaticsPast research has found that stakeholder involvement is an integral part of building capability, essential for meaningful use, and needed to recognize the public value of the investments.


These workshops focused on communities of stakeholders within public libraries, state government, and higher education institutions. See short descriptions of each below or follow link to full online article.  


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1-President's Inaugural Forum on Big Data 

May 5, 2014


Research and investment in big data is growing in all sectors of our economy. CTG co-hosted the President's Inaugural Forum on Big Data for the University at Albany. Experts shared leading multi-sector practices important for advancing data analytics and how best to prepare a new generation of college graduates to fill the fast-growing data scientist job market. Together, academics, students, government practitioners, and industry explored future investment options, current uses, and the possibilities for new curricula in data science that will meet the needs of 21st century organizations.



2-Critical Role of Public Libraries in Enabling Open Government Stakeholders  

May 7-8, 2014

Libraries are essential community organizations that operate many different kinds of programs. With a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, through the 2013 Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21), CTG brought together 40 thought leaders from public libraries, academia, local, state, and federal government agencies, open government advocates, and the private sector to examine the ways that public libraries are able to prepare their communities to share and use information generated through open government and data initiatives. 



3-Policy Informatics in the Public Administration Curriculum

May 9, 2014  

Policy analysts working in government or non-profit agencies and public managers and elected officials need useful data and information and tools to match the complexity of the public problems they address. CTG hosted a National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop, in collaboration with eGovPoliNet Consortium (an EC FP7 project) exploring the integration of data-intensive analytical skills in public affairs education. CTG was joined by 32 academics and practitioners from institutions across the US. 

4-Shaping Open NY: Visioning a New Transparency Hub

March 18, 2014


Bringing citizens into the work of government through opening data is not easy. CTG, in partnership with the State of New York, led a collaborative workshop entitled,
Shaping Open NY: Visioning a New Transparency Hub. This workshop brought together community members and open government leaders to develop strategies to take the State's Open NY program to the next level. The State will launch the new hub in the near future, implementing the best strategies culled from the workshop.