1) All open data != open government data. Other sources include industry, academia and media.
2) Open government data is core to technology-fueled transparency efforts by organizations like but it not limited to it. There are also relevant uses in civic utility and economic activity, both of which fit under the "participation" and "collaboration" of the referenced memo. That's a point Vivek Kundra made frequently as US CIO. For an academic discussion on these points, check out Croooked Timber: http://crookedtimber.org/2012/07/17/open-data-seminar-2/ and the recent papers by Yu/Robinson and Greenstein/Goldstein.
3) I hope this community will look at many aspects of "open government," from citizen participation to accountability to co-creation to the role of the media. The primary perspective I've applied over years has been using the lens of technological change but it's clear that legal, cultural and political factors make that a interesting but insufficient angle on its own.
- Syracuse UniversityAssistant Professor of Public Administration, 2008 - present
- Aerzener Maschinenfabrik1991 - 1994
- Harvard UniversityResearch Assistant, 2002 - 2008
Ines Mergel is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and The Information Studies School (ischool) at Syracuse University. She was previously a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Program of Networked Governance and the National Center for Digital Government. Professor Mergel teaches in the Master of Public Administration program courses on Government 2.0, New Media Management in the Public Sector, Networked Governance, and Public Organizations & Management. Her research interest focuses on informal networks among public managers and their adoption and use of social media technologies in the public sector. In particular, she studies how public managers search, share and reuse knowledge they need to fulfill the mission of their agency.
A native of Germany, Professor Mergel received a B.A. and M.B.A.-equivalent in business economics from the University of Kassel, Germany. She received a Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) in information management from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and spent six years as pre- and postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she conducted research on public managers’ informal social networks and their use of technology to share knowledge.
Professors Mergel’s work has been published in, among others, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and American Review of Public Administration. Her thoughts on the use of social media applications in the public sector can be read on her blog: http://inesmergel.wordpress.com.
- Harvard UniversityPostdoc, 2005 - 2008
- Harvard UniversityDoctoral Fellow, 2002 - 2005
- University of St. GallenInformation Management, 1999 - 2002
- University of KasselKnowledge Management, 1994 - 1999
- Berufsakademie WeserberglandManagement, 1991 - 1994
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