Roundtable: Advancing Policy Informatics within Appam
(Policy Informatics)

Thursday, November 8, 2012: 1:15 PM-2:45 PM
Schaefer (Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizers:  Yushim Kim, Arizona State University
Speakers:  Louise Comfort, University of Pittsburgh, John Kamensky, IBM Center for the Business of Government, Gregory Bloss, National Institute of Health and John C. Bertot, University of Maryland, College of Information Studies
Moderators:  Sandra Archibald, University of Washington

Changes in information and communications technology are raising new issues regarding information transparency and management as well changing the ways in which analysis can support public policy decisions and action. Enhancements in computational power have expanded the repertoire of tools available for studying dynamic systems and complex interactions and interdependencies. The availability of large quantities of data, often on whole populations, is changing how analyses are conducted. Sophisticated programs for data visualization have also expanded our ability to display and disseminate complex temporal and spatial information. This roundtable explores how policy relevant information and data have changed over the past few years and what that implies for how we do policy relevant research. We will bring together a "problem owner," journal editor(s), researchers and funders to discuss some of the informatics related challenges and opportunities.

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