Vision of the National Center for Digital Government:
Integrating Information and InstitutionsGovernment
has entered a period of deep transformation heralded by rapid
developments in information technologies. The promise of digital
government lies in the potential of the Internet to connect government
actors and the public in entirely new ways. The outcomes of
fundamentally new modes of coordination, control, and communication in
government offer great benefits and equally great peril. Public
servants, technical specialists, and researchers have a deep obligation
to examine, articulate and communicate the range of possible effects of
ubiquitous computing in government and to influence its development
through research, dialogue, and practical activities.
The National Science Foundation, recognizing the importance of sound
research capacity to support the development of digital and electronic
government, has provided generous support to enable development of the
central elements of a national center for digital government research
and practice We envision the center to have the following
attributes: a clearinghouse for digital government research, practice,
and innovation; a convener of technical and social science researchers,
government practitioners and related private sector actors; a means to
advance human development through workshops for cross-sectoral groups,
education for graduate and executive students, and development of
teaching tools and resources; and the advancement of knowledge
through all of these attributes as well as longitudinal,
cross-disciplinary, problem-oriented research. The current
research program of the National Center extends and refines theoretical
frameworks to encompass fundamental changes in information processing
and communication. In so doing, it is meant to advance the social
sciences as well as an understanding of digital government.
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