The Centre for Big Data Analytics and Intelligent Systems is pleased to announce a research seminar by Professor Jeffrey Roy of Dalhousie University, Canada, who is a leading e-government researcher known worldwide.
Jeffrey Roy of Dalhousie University, Canada
Leading e-government researcher known worldwide
Data, Dialogue, and Innovation: Opportunities and Challenges for ‘Open Government’ in Canada
In today’s digital world where the inter-relationship between information and innovation is rapidly evolving in new ways, governments face growing pressures and new opportunities to reform and adapt. Open data and big data are now widely embraced initiatives to spur innovation both inside of and outside of the public sector. Their capacity spur innovation, however, is closely intertwined with complex tensions between traditional government structures and culture on the one hand, and more open, networked and participative notions of governance on the other hand. Within such a context, this seminar will examine Canada’s ‘Open Government Action Plan’ and its three main dimensions: information, data, and dialogue. The presentation will argue that despite some progress in the realm of open data, information and dialogue are constrained by the aforementioned tensions – thereby stymieing wider systemic innovation. The sorts of wider reforms required to further adapt the public sector to an era of open governance will also be discussed.