UAlbany Center Partners
with European Union
Center for Technology
in Government receives $90,000 to study information-sharing
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (October 28, 2004) -- The University
at Albany's Center for Technology in Government
(CTG) today announced receipt of a $90,000 grant
from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to
explore IT innovation in complex multiorganizational
government settings. The project, a collaboration
with European Union (EU) initiatives, expands
CTG's government IT (information technology)
research to an international stage.
"This is a great opportunity for the
Center and UAlbany to expand our global reach
with research colleagues in the European Union.
Every collaborative partnership that we participate
in broadens our base of knowledge and increases
our capacity to support the work of government
right here in Albany," said Sharon Dawes,
director of the Center for Technology in Government.
For the past two years, the Center has explored
how government agencies share information across
organizations and levels of government. This
work, supported by a $1.2 million grant from
NSF, has focused on initiatives designed to
improve public safety and public health. The
new research endeavor enables CTG to compare
the results of this research with two different
The EU projects include an IT project for
urban regeneration called IntelCities, headquartered
in Manchester, England, and an effort to create
open source software standards that could be
adapted and used by European governments called
COSPA. These two projects, along with CTG's
information integration research, tackle the
global research question of how IT innovation
takes place in intricate, multiorganizational
"Governments all over the world are faced
with unprecedented challenges of sharing information
among various agencies and programs. The example
used most often these days is homeland security
information; local police must share information
with county sheriffs and state police and federal
law enforcement and vice versa. We've been studying
how that information sharing takes place,"
said CTG Deputy Director Anthony Cresswell.
"With this grant, we can look at similar
information sharing initiatives in other countries."
This latest international research project
builds on CTG's growing portfolio of international
research that includes the project New
Models of Collaboration for Delivering Government
Services and hosting research exchanges
with scholars and government officials from
all over the world.
The Center for Technology in Government (CTG)
works with government to develop information
strategies that foster innovation and enhance
the quality and coordination of public services.
They conduct applied research and partnership
projects on the policy, management, and technology
issues surrounding information use in the public