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The International Information Sharing Research Network
First Organizing Meeting
The first organizing meeting brought together the CTG MIII research team with doctoral students from the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Administration and Policy and College of Computing and Information.
The International Information Sharing Research Network (IISRN), launched in 2007 at the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany, State University of New York, is focused on building knowledge about information sharing in an international context and making that new knowledge available to researchers and practitioners around the world. This innovative program brings together doctoral students and faculty in a coordinated research network dedicated to examining key questions of information sharing theory and practice within the domain of government. This innovative network is leveraging present research findings from three U.S. National Science Foundation grants to the Center for Technology in Government by supporting comparative studies of these findings in the form of doctoral research on information sharing conducted in US and non-US contexts. Future plans for IISRN include: creating a repository of culturally sensitive data collection instruments; creating a secure, accessible, and usable data repository; creating a set of resources to inform comparative information sharing research designs, and building a sustainable international research network focused on information sharing in a governmental context.

Dissertation studies are underway in China, Jordan, and Taiwan, with additional studies being planned in Mexico and Saudi Arabia. In their dissertation research, students are drawing on findings from CTG’s Modeling Interorganizational Information Integration (MIII) and Knowledge Networking in the Public Sector (KDI) research studies and working to contribute to the development of new theory in cross-boundary information integration and sharing through testing these findings in an international context. In addition to meeting regularly with IISRN, each student works with his or her dissertation committee at the University at Albany and with academic and practitioner partners in the host country.

IISRN currently involves faculty mentors from the University at Albany, staff from the Center for Technology in Government, and five doctoral students from China, Jordan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, and Taiwan who are part of the Public Administration and Policy and Information Science programs at the University as well as one student from the U.S. located at the University of California at Santa Barbara. IISRN meets once a month to discuss network goals, key challenges in comparative information sharing studies, dissertation progress to date, and future opportunities; as well as to share knowledge about relevant topics such as comparative research design and issues related to human subjects.

An overview of key activities of the Network to-date are provided below:

Guest Speakers
Guest speakers have provided IISRN with a series of presentations on design issues in comparative studies and information sharing theory and practice issues. Speakers have included:
  • Terry Maxwell: Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Information Studies at the University at Albany
  • J. Ramon Gil-Garcia: Assistant Professor and Director of the Data Center for Applied Research in Social Sciences at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico
  • Alan Wagner: Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Administration and Policy Studies at the University at Albany
  • Sharon Dawes: Associate Professor in Public Administration and Policy at the University at Albany, and Senior Fellow at the Center for Technology in Government
Knowledge transfer - Building capability for comparative and internationals studies
Members of the Network have created a wiki to support the sharing of documents such as human subjects applications for studies conducted in a non-US context as well as the related attachments to these applications such as letters of support from academics or practitioners in the country of interest, as well as relevant papers and presentations written by group members.

Invited presentations
IISRN was invited to present at the Third Annual Informatics Spring Research Conference (NTIR) held by the College of Computing and Information at the University at Albany. The Network was also invited to present its most recent efforts in an invited session at the Second International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV) in Cairo, Egypt in December of 2008.

Publications
Mulki, F., Zheng, L., Yang, T., & Pardo, T. A. (2008). International Research Program in Cross-Boundary Information Sharing. In Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Digital Government Research (pp. 409-410). Montreal, Canada: Digital Government Society of North America.

Network Founders and Organizing Team
  1. Theresa A. Pardo: Deputy Director, Center for Technology in Government
  2. Fawzi Mulki: Research Assistant, Center for Technology in Government and Informatics PhD. Student
  3. Lei Zheng: Research Assistant, Center for Technology in Government and Public Administration and Policy PhD. Student
  4. G. Brian Burke: Senior Program Associate, Center for Technology in Government
  5. Anna Raup-Kounovsky: Program Staff Assistant, Center for Technology in Government
Network Members
  1. David Andersen: Distinguished Service Professor in Public Administration and Policy, University at Albany
  2. Sharon Dawes: Associate Professor in Public Administration and Policy, University at Albany, and Senior Fellow at the Center for Technology in Government
  3. Terry Maxwell: Associate Professor in Information Studies, University at Albany
  4. Rey Koslowski: Associate Professor in Political Science, University at Albany
  5. Tung-Mou Yang: PhD. Student, University at Albany, Department of Informatics
  6. Gabriel Cid: PhD. Student, University at Albany, Department of Public Administration and Policy
  7. Mohammed Gharawi: PhD. Student, University at Albany, Department of Informatics
  8. Kimberly Stoltzfus: PhD. Student, University of California Santa Barbara, Department of Communication