The Semantic Web and Networked Governance: Promise and Challenges

author: Jane Fountain, University of Massachusetts Amherst
published: Feb. 25, 2007,   recorded: November 2006,   views: 6323

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The virtual state is a metaphor meant to draw attention to the structures and processes of the state that are becoming increasingly aligned with the structures and processes of the semantic web. Semantic Web researchers understand the potential for information sharing, enhanced search, improved collaboration, innovation, and other direct implications of contemporary informatics. Yet many of the broader democratic and governmental implications of increasingly networked governance remain elusive, even in the world of public policy and politics.

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