WebNews                                           June 28, 2016 |  Vol 19, Issue 3
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CTG Welcomes New Visiting Scholars
Pardo Now a Full Research Professor
Digital Government Society presents Dawes with Distinguished Service Award
The Digital Government Society presented CTG Senior Fellow Sharon Dawes with the inaugural Distinguished Service Award for her long-standing commitment and contributions to the development of the Society, and her leadership in the digital government community.

The award was presented at the Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research in Shanghai, China.
Students Helping to Open Government
Students from UAlbany's College of Engineering and Applied
Student interns Rahul and Reena brainstorm with Web Application Developer Jim Costello
Sciences completed the critical first phase of 
CTG's project to help Digital Towpath, a digital government shared service for small and medium sized local governments in New York State, improve its electronic records management system so that governments can operate more efficiently, easily comply with records management laws, and be more open. Read more...
Leadership Institute Hosts Study Tours
CTG's Leadership Institute welcomed two international delegations from three different countries for study tours in June:

Visitors from Uruguay's Agency for the Development of Electronic Government spent two days at CTG learning about open data. In addition to working with CTG's staff, the group participated in workshops with NYS Chief Data Officer Barbara Cohn, NYS Department of Health Division of Information & Statistics Deputy Director Natalie Helbig, and NYS Committee on Open Government Executive Director Robert Freeman.

CTG also welcomed two fellows from the Ukraine and Azerbaijan, who were participating in a 2-week exchange program for eastern European young professionals sponsored by the US Department of State. Denys and Shebnem are up-and-coming leaders in their home countries and were eager to learn about open government, data analytics, and policy innovation from CTG and many of our partners including the NYS Enterprise Corporation, Wise Labs, NYBizLab, the SUNY Research Foundation, and more.

If you are interested in having a course designed specially for you or your organization, contact Donna Canestraro, Program Director, at dcanestr@ctg.albany.edu
Students Creating Additional Health Data Visualizations
Students from UAlbany's College of Engineering and Applied Sciences are spending their summer at CTG as part of our project with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to create dynamic, user friendly health data visualizations.

This summer's project expands on CTG's work with NYSDOH last summer, in which four interns created data visualization prototypes for publicly available data designed to help consumers better evaluate the quality of health care provided by NYS' managed care plans. This summer, interns Meet Parikh and Varun Narayanan are working in CTG's Student Lab to produce several deliverables, including refining, expanding, and finalizing the publication of visualizations prototyped in 2015. CTG will then develop the prototype to a full production online tool for consumers.

In addition to the full production online tools, the team will conduct an evaluation to assess any efficiencies or cost-savings achieved by the new process. The NYSDOH provided funding for the project through Funding Opportunity Number PR-PPR-14-0055-01-00 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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