The PiNet Research Collaborative Network is booming. Set to appear in 2016, Dr. Anne Washington has written the chapter on interoperability of US federal government information in upcoming edited book titled Managing Big Data Integration in the Public Sector.
This is one of the core issues with which PiNet and its affiliated researchers are grappling. Dr. Washington, who along with Dr. John Wilkerson, is the Co-Principal Investigator for PoliInformatics, tackles interoperability through both explaining the mechanisms, and illustrating the system at work, in a specific case study, on the 2008 financial crisis. A description of the chapter follows:
Interoperability sets standards for consistency when integrating information from multiple sources. Trends in e-government have encouraged the production of digital information yet it is not clear if the data produced are interoperable. The objective of the project was to evaluate interoperability by building a retrieval tool that could track United States public policy from the legislative to the executive branch using only machine-readable government information. A case study of policy created during the 2008 financial crisis serves as an illustration to investigate the organizational, technical, syntactic, and operational interoperability of digital sources. The methods of citing law varied widely enough between legislation and regulation to impede consistent automated tracking. The flow of federal policy authorization exemplifies remaining socio-technical challenges in achieving the interoperability of machine-readable government data.
The book, edited by Dr. Anil Aggarwal, and published by IGI Global, is available for pre-order at this link, with a projected release date of January 2016.