The National Center for Digital Government (NCDG) seeks to build global research capacity, to advance practice, and to strengthen the network of researchers and practitioners engaged in building and using technology in government.
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Networked Governance: Jane Fountain, NCDG Director, is investigating the structural, behavioral, and political antecedents of sustainable cross-agency relationships in the federal government. She is examining the implications of these relationships for state structure and the policymaking process. See one of her latest working papers and the Building Cross Agency Initiatives page for more information on the topic.
Crowdsourcing and the Environment: Charles Schweik, NCDG Associate Director, and colleagues at UMass Amherst are creating the Mobile Gulf Observatory, an iPhone application that creates "citizen scientists" and uses crowdsourcing technologies to help locate and rescue injuried and oiled wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.
Collaboration in Free and Open Source Software and Open Content: Charles Schweik, NCDG Associate Director, is currently conducting research around open source programming and open content projects as "commons" and as new paradigms for the production of scientific research. More information about his research is available here.
Ethics in Science and Engineering: Jane Fountain, NCDG Director, and Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian at the W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst are developing a beta site to test cybertools and cyberinfrastructure for an interdisciplinary, multimedia, and international online beta repository to support ethics in science and engineering. Visit the Ethics in Science and Engineering National Clearinghouse (ESENCe) Beta Site here. Fountain, MJ Peterson, and several other faculty at UMass Amherst are also developing modules and frameworks to introduce international dimensions of ethics into S&E courses. For more information on this project, visit the International Dimensions of Ethics Education in Science and Engineering Project page.
Workshop in the Knowledge Commons: Charles Schweik, NCDG Associate Director, is currently leading a group of faculty and students who work in a 'workshop environment' as co-producers (mentors and apprentices) in the fields of open access information and media, open education initiatives, commons-based peer production systems, open science, open hardware, and copyrights and copyleft regimes. More information about his research is available here.
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