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Natalie Helbig
Natalie Helbig
Assistant Research Director
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Specialty
  • Information use and management in public organizations
  • Technology and data innovations in health and human services
  • Digital divide and e-government
  • Open data communities, intermediaries and innovation
 

November 4-6, 2014, #OpenData #BigData: Data, Big and Small, in the Public Affairs Curriculum  ▼  

Natalie Helbig will be speaking on the Open Data/ Big Data panel at the NASPAA Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The panel features programs examining the role of big and open data within the curriculums of Public Affairs colleges. The panel will explore: what programs are doing to prepare students to work with big and open data; how these advances in informatics can be incorporated into various aspects of curriculum; and how schools are responding to internal and external pressures to graduate stronger data analytic students.
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October 27-30, 2014, CTG to Participate at ICEGOV2014  ▼  

CTG will be participating at the 8th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2014). The main purpose of ICEGOV2014 is to explore research and policy implications and discuss way forward for technology-enabled and data-intensive public governance in the post-2015 world. Theresa Pardo is a member of the Advisory Committee, and Sharon Dawes, Natalie Helbig, and Meghan Cook are members of the Program Committee.
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June 18-21, 2014, CTG Participating in Conference Management Roles at dg.o2014  ▼  

The 15th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o2014) is focusing on Open Innovations and Sustainable Development in Government: Experiences from around the World. J. Ramon Gil-Garcia is serving as Program Co-Chair, Natalie Helbig as a Track Chair, Teresa Harrison as a Panel Chair, and Sharon Dawes and Ramon are both Doctoral Colloquium Chairs. Papers, workshops, tutorials, and panel proposals are due February 1, 2014, and applications for the Doctoral Colloquium are due March 15, 2014.
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May 9, 2014, CTG to Host Workshop on Policy Informatics in the PA Curriculum  ▼  

CTG will host a one-day National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop entitled, Policy Informatics in the PA Curriculum: A workshop to explore integration of data-intensive analytical skills in public affairs education. Much is being said and written about “big data” and “data science,” but much less attention has focused on identifying what skills are required of the next generation of public managers, policy analysts, and informed citizens. Participants from several different universities in the US and Europe will come together to confront the changing type, amount, and quality of policy-relevant information and develop ways to train professional analysts in new areas of data-intensive science and decision making environments.

March 14-18, 2014, Helbig to present paper at 75th American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Conference  ▼  

ASPA will celebrate its 75th Anniversary this year. ASPA is the largest professional association for public administration and is dedicated to advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration. Natalie Helbig will present the CTG paper, “Dynamics of Opening Government Data” on a panel entitled, “Opening Government and Smartening Cities: Institutional Design Considerations Drawn from Current Practice and Emerging Opportunities.” Other papers on the panel will examine institutional design features of federal open government platforms (co-authors Chris Koliba and Asim Zia from the University of Vermont), management of participatory challenge platforms (co-authors Tanya Kelley and Erik Johnston, Arizona State University), and smart urban governance (author Yu-Che Chen, Northern Illinois University).
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Brief Bio
As Assistant Research Director, Natalie supports the Center’s overall research portfolio through developing grant proposals, designing and executing field research, generating publications and serving within the practice and academic communities. Natalie holds a PhD from the University at Albany Rockefeller College of Public Affairs, is an affiliate faculty in the Department of Informatics, and teaches courses in public administration and government information and strategy.

Natalie’s primary research interests examine how public agencies design, manage, and use their data and information resources. She draws on an interdisciplinary background in public administration, informatics, and organizational studies. Another area of expertise is in the use of technology and information tools in health and human services. She has expertise in cross-disciplinary collaboration, evaluation, action research, and research-practice partnerships.

Natalie is currently involved in several Center projects around open government data, including how to develop communities of users, the role of intermediaries in fostering innovation, and the impact of opening data. She is part of an emerging community of practice in the US and in the EU in policy informatics that is dedicated to understanding how policy making, analysis, and management are changing as a result of technologies and advanced computational tools for policy modeling.
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For over 10 years Natalie has been involved in building an international digital government community. In 2014, Natalie will serve as a Board Member of the Digital Government Society. In 2012, she was Program Co-chair of the International Conference on Theory and Practice for Electronic Governance (ICEGOV), and from 2006 to present has served different roles in the International Digital Government Conference (Dg.0) from track co-chair on transforming government, to workshop and tutorial co-chair, and student paper chair. Natalie is a regular reviewer for Government Information Quarterly (GIQ), Public Administration Review (PAR), and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), as well as major digital government conferences (HICCS, Dg.0, ICEGOV).

Selected Publications
Sharon Dawes & Natalie Helbig (forthcoming), The Value and Limits of Government Information Resources for Policy Informatics, Policy Informatics Handbook, Eds Erik W. Johnston and Kevin C. Desouza, MIT Press.

Natalie Helbig, Anthony M. Cresswell, G. Brian Burke, and Luis Luna-Reyes, The Dynamics of Opening Government Data, Center for Technology in Government, 2012.

Ferro, E., Gil-García, J. R., and Helbig, N. (2010). The Role of IT Literacy in the Definition of Digital Divide Policy Needs. Government Information Quarterly, 28 (1), pp. 3 -10.

Hrdinová, J. L., Helbig, N., and Stoller-Peters, C. (2010). Designing social media policy for government: Eight essential elements. Albany: Center for Technology in Government.

Dawes, S., and Helbig, N. (2010). Information Strategies for Open Government: Challenges and Prospects for Deriving Public Value from Government Transparency. Proceedings of the IFIP e-Government Conference, Lausanne, Switzerland. August 29th – September 2nd.

Helbig, N., Gil-García, J. R., and Ferro, E. (2009). Understanding the complexity in electronic government: Implications from the digital divide literature. Government Information Quarterly, 26 (1), pp. 89 – 97.
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Full List of CTG Publications for this author

Natalie C. Helbig, Anthony M. Cresswell, G. Brian Burke, and Luis Luna-Reyes
, The Dynamics of Opening Government Data, Center for Technology in Government, 2012

Natalie Helbig, Manabu Nakashima, and Sharon S. Dawes
, Understanding the Value and Limits of Government Information in Policy Informatics: A Preliminary Exploration , Proceedings of the 13th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2012), 2012

Anthony M. Cresswell, Meghan E. Cook, Natalie Helbig, Taewoo Nam, Weija Ran, and Jana Hrdinova
, Does Mobility Make a Difference? A Cumulative Study of the Impact of Mobile Technology in New York State Child Protective Services , Center for Technology in Government, 2012

Natalie Helbig, Sharon S. Dawes, Jana Hrdinová, and Meghan Cook
, Cultivating the Next Generation of International Digital Government Researchers: A Community-Building Experiment , 5th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2011), 2011

Sharon S. Dawes, Natalie Helbig, and Meghan Cook
, Promoting International Digital Government Research Collaboration: An Experiment in Community Building , Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2011), 2011

Teresa M. Harrison, Santiago Guerrero, G. Brian Burke, Meghan Cook, Anthony Cresswell, Natalie Helbig, Jana Hrdinová, and Theresa Pardo
, Open Government and E-Government: Democratic Challenges from a Public Value Perspective , Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o 2011), 2011

Sharon S. Dawes and Natalie Helbig
, Information Strategies for Open Government: Challenges and Prospects for Deriving Public Value from Government Transparency, Electronic Government: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2010

Natalie Helbig, Evgeny Stryin, Donna Canestraro, and Theresa Pardo
, Information and Transparency: Learning from Recovery Act Reporting Experiences. , (Forthcoming) Proceedings of the Eleventh Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research: (dg.o 2010), 2010

Jana Hrdinová, Natalie Helbig, and Catherine Stollar Peters
, Designing social media policy for government: Eight essential elements , Center for Technology in Government, 2010

Natalie Helbig, Sharon S. Dawes, Fawzi H. Mulki, Jana L. Hrdinová, Meghan E. Cook, and Tuuli Edwards
, International Digital Government Research: A Reconnaissance Study (1994 - 2008) - UPDATED, Center for Technology in Government, 2009

Jana Hrdinová, Natalie Helbig, and Anna Raup-Kounovsky
, Enterprise IT Governance in State Government: State Profiles, Center for Technology in Government, 2009

Meghan E. Cook, Natalie Helbig, Anthony M. Cresswell, Fawzi H. Mulki, and Bahadir K. Akcam
, Maximizing Current and Future Mobile Technology Investments in New York State Child Protective Services, Center for Technology in Government, 2008

Meghan E. Cook, Anthony M. Cresswell, Natalie Helbig, Fawzi H. Mulki, Bahadir K. Akcam , and Jana L. Hrdinová
, Assessing Mobile Technologies in Child Protective Services: A Demonstration Project in 23 New York State Local Departments of Social Services, Center for Technology in Government, 2008

Natalie Helbig, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, and Sharon S. Dawes
, Examining Digital Government Publication Trends, Center for Technology in Government, 2008

Meghan E. Cook, Anthony M. Cresswell, Natalie Helbig, Jana L. Hrdinová, Fawzi H. Mulki, and Bahadir K. Akcam
, Assessing Mobile Technologies in Child Protective Services: An Extended Pilot in New York City's Administration for Children's Services, Center for Technology in Government, 2008

Anthony M. Cresswell, Meghan E. Cook, Natalie Helbig, Jana L. Hrdinová, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Fawzi H. Mulki, Bahadir K. Akcam , and Donna S. Canestraro
, Assessing Mobile Technologies in Child Protective Services, Center for Technology in Government, 2007

Sharon S. Dawes, Natalie Helbig, Russell Hassan, and J. Ramon Gil-Garcia
, New York State Information Technology Workforce Skills Assessment Statewide Survey Results, Center for Technology in Government, 2006

Sharon S. Dawes, Meghan E. Cook, and Natalie Helbig
, Challenges of Treating Information as a Public Resource: The Case of Parcel Data, Proceedings of the Thirty-Ninth Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (CD/ROM), January 4-7,2006, Computer Society Press, 2006

Meghan E. Cook, Sharon S. Dawes, Natalie C. Helbig, and Roger J. Lishnoff
, Use of Parcel Data in New York State: A Reconnaissance Study, Center for Technology in Government, 2005

Sharon S. Dawes, Natalie Helbig, and J. Ramon Gil-Garcia
, Highlights: Exploring the Feasibility of A Digital Government Journal, Center for Technology in Government, 2004


Selected Presentations
  • Helbig, N., Styrin, E., Canestraro, D., and Pardo, T. (2010).Information and Transparency: Learning from Recovery Act Reporting Experiences. Paper presented at the 11th International Conference on Digital Government Research, Puebla, Mexico. May 17-20.
  • Helbig, N., Hrdinova, J., and D. Canestraro. (2009). Enterprise IT governance at the state level: An emerging picture. Paper presented at the 10th International Conference on Digital Government Research, Puebla, Mexico. May 17-20.
  • Cook, Meghan, and Natalie Helbig. (2008). Making mobililty work in child protective services: Lessons from the field. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Digital Government Research, Montreal, Canada, May 18-21.
  • Dawes, Sharon S. and Natalie Helbig. (2007). Building a Research-Practice Partnership: Lessons from a Government IT workforce Study. Paper presented at theThirty-Ninth Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Waikoloa, Big Island Hawaii, USA. January 3rd – 6th.

Education
  • Ph.D., Public Administration, 2010, University at Albany - SUNY
  • M.P.A., Public Administration, 2001, University at Albany - SUNY
  • B.S., Business Administration, 1997, University at Buffalo - SUNY