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Next Steps

The workshop was a first step toward more discussions about how to incorporate policy informatics into public affairs education. This report is one vehicle for sharing the workshop discussions with a wider audience. However, in order for the discussion to expand, other more action-oriented steps were also identified:

LinkedIn Group (Policy 2.0). Invite all workshop participants and interested readers to join a LinkedIn group called Policy 2.0 which has been established by the eGovPoliNetProject and provides a way to participate in relevant discussions, announce events, and connect to a global community. To join visit: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Policy-Making-20-4165795.

Policy Informatics Network listserv (PIN-L). All workshop participants were invited to subscribe to and invite others to join the PIN-L listerv, which was established at the University at Albany several years ago to share news about policy informatics developments, publications, and events. It currently has over 200 community members. To subscribe, send a blank email to: PIN-L-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@LISTSERV.ALBANY.EDU.

NAASPA conference panel. The findings from this workshop will be presented during a panel discussion at the 2014 National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (NASPAA) conference. The session entitled, #OpenData #BigData: Data, Big and Small in the Public Affairs Curriculum, will feature presentations by participants from this workshop and will also invite conference attendees to join the community of interested faculty.

Resource repository. As part of its National Science Foundation grant for policy informatics, the Center for Technology in Government at the University at Albany will explore ways to create a repository for interested faculty to share syllabi and other curricular material.

Academic publications. The workshop organizers plan to submit a manuscript to the Journal of Public Affairs Education based on the workshop results and offering an initial set of recommendations for incorporating policy informatics into mainstream public affairs education.

A Network of Networks. Finally, during the workshop several participants expressed interest in exploring the idea of an International Policy Informatics Network (iPIN). Envisioned as a network of networks connecting existing organizations and professional communities to promote activities and exchange among scholars working in policy informatics. As this idea develops further, information will be distributed on the PIN-L listserv and LinkedIn Group.