Opening Government: Modeling the Informational Relationships between Government and Society
This CTG project in collaboration with SAP
is designed to produce new conceptual and analytical tools for helping government decision makers better understand the ways opening government can shift the informational relationships among government, citizens, and other non-government stakeholders in new and innovative ways. Through this project, CTG will develop an approach for identifying and modeling these context specific informational relationships. Such an approach can guide decision makers in developing the technical and data resources and access mechanisms that can improve governance and performance in sustainable ways. Rather than anticipating the needs of society, this project can help governments create an adaptive information polity that supports all citizens, stakeholders, and government agencies to liberate data for use in innovative ways and support their needs.
Government’s ability to develop appropriate policies and practices to make the best use of information lags behind the rapidly increasing power of information technologies. In addition, there is a growing societal perception of government data as a public resource that should be shared freely and widely. This project will contribute to the development of better research, consulting, and government practice models that are needed to address the policy, technology, and management challenges in our increasingly computational and data-intensive world.