A “Noah’s Ark of Scholars” Discusses Strategies for Increasing Public Engagement with the Government
Policymakers and scholars gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to develop ideas for enhancing research on open government.
The federal government’s Open Government Research and Development Summit (R&D Summit) featured speakers ranging from the U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Aneesh Chopra, to legal academics such as Professor Cary Coglianese of the Penn Program on Regulation, as well as an array of communications scholars, activists, and state and local policymakers.
Beth Simone Novick
, the former deputy chief technology officer for open government and a professor at New York Law School
the summit as a “Noah’s Ark of scholars” because there were “no more than 2 people from each discipline.”
In his keynote address, Chopra asked
attendees to “help us refine the problem statement” of what an R&D program for open government should address. Chopra identified five major discussion items for the summit: (1) strengthening capacity to work with the massive amounts of data that agencies post on data.gov
, (2) developing strategies for organizing the sorting the data on that site, (3) identifying the policy implications of hosting open platforms, (4) collaborating internationally, and (5) determining the best ways to provide agency data to the public.