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Tue, 13 Jun 2006
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UAlbany’s Center for Technology in Government Receives $1 Million to Create International Digital Government Research Community



Call for International Working Groups Announced

Albany, NY - The University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has received a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Digital Research Program (DG) to build and sustain an international digital government research community. Over four years, CTG and its partners will create opportunities and venues for international research discussions and enable U.S. researchers and educators to advance their work through international collaboration.

“The Center for Technology in Government is broadening the reach of UAlbany by pursuing exciting opportunities to address public sector issues from a global perspective,” said University at Albany President Kermit L. Hall. “By fostering collaborative partnerships, CTG will be creating an important new community of researchers that crosses national and cultural boundaries. We are grateful that the National Science Foundation has acknowledged the leadership of CTG in the international research community.”

“Most digital government research around the world addresses challenges of burgeoning information and technological change within the context of a single country. Only a few investigations have compared results across national boundaries or tackled problems that are truly international in scope,” said CTG Director Sharon Dawes. “As an unwanted consequence, issues of growing importance in an increasingly networked world are not receiving the attention they deserve.”

The project takes a long-term strategic approach to build a stable infrastructure for future generations of researchers. The work will include the development of several international working groups selected by a peer review process. The groups will work together for three years to develop joint research agendas on critical international questions, produce white papers on key topics, and initiate joint research projects to continue after a three-year start up period. The call for proposals has been issued (www.ctg.albany.edu/projects/dgi) and selection will occur later this year.

The project will also produce a reconnaissance study that summarizes the current state of international digital government research and create an annual international institute for doctoral students.

“The results of this project will enable the U.S. to extend its scientific leadership role in digital government by systematically studying, understanding, organizing, and facilitating a global research community in the domain,” said Sylvia Spengler, NSF program manager for the project. “We expect the connections and collaborations developed between U.S. and international institutions and researchers will result in new knowledge discoveries, new lines of intellectual inquiry and sustainable support for future international digital government research relationships and projects.”

This project is being carried out in partnership with the Digital Government Research Center (DGRC) at the Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California. “We are excited to form a partnership with CTG in this important work,” said Valerie Gregg, DGRC Assistant Director for Development. “Together with our international colleagues, we aim to lay a solid foundation for the next generation of global DG researchers.”

The Center for Technology in Government is an applied research center devoted to improving government and public services through policy, management, and technology innovation. The Center, located at the University at Albany, works with government to develop well-informed information strategies that foster innovation and enhances the quality and coordination of public services. For more information visit www.ctg.albany.edu.

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