Friday, September 26, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
Research Hall, Third Floor

Political Informatics - Computational Patterns in Government

Anne Washington, Assistant Professor
Organization Development and Knowledge Management
School of Public Policy
George Mason University

ABSTRACT: How can the computational sciences support the study of politics and the public sector? Digital government has made primary source material easily available in machine-readable formats. PInet is a 2012-2015 project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build community and capacity for data-intensive research using open government data. Through this project, we introduce political informatics and the PoliInformatics research collaborative network. Government information provides opportunities for discovering institutional, organizational, or social networks and patterns. Public sector data provides added value for researchers yet it also has unique ethical considerations. This talk provides a progress report on PInet grant projects with an extended example on tracking legislation to regulation. Finally, we discuss possible future interdisciplinary research opportunities to combine public policy and computational science.

Anne L. Washington is an Assistant Professor in the Organization Development and Knowledge Management Program in the George Mason University School of Public Policy. Her research investigates socio-technical aspects of transparency initiatives and electronic government projects.