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Brief Bio

Anne L. Washington is a digital government scholar who specializes in informatics and technology management. Her work draws on both interpretive research methods and computational text analysis. She is an Assistant Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University in Arlington, VA. She teaches organizational ethnography, socio-technical analysis, and electronic government. She holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in computer science from Brown University, a Masters in Library Information Science (MLIS) from Rutgers University, and a doctorate (PhD) from The George Washington University School of Business. The National Science Foundation has funded her research on open government data and data-intensive political science. Research interests include policy topics such as transparency, open data, e-Government, data governance, and legislative technology; management topics such as institutional logics, strategy, sensemaking, and innovation; and technical topics such as citations, big data, digital archives, and information retrieval. Her expertise on government data currently addresses the emerging policy and governance needs of data science.

Full Biography

Anne L. Washington is a digital government scholar. Her research improves access to public sector information by investigating the social dynamics that shape the production and consumption of information.

She writes about legislative technology, government innovation, and data theory. Her research on government data positions her to engage substantively in public administration and policy, yet her core academic audiences are in management information systems and information science. Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed venues including AMCISAOMICIS – iconferenceJCDLJURIX – RPR. She is curious about the production, meaning, and retrieval of digital information. Her interdisciplinary approach positions digital government within policy processes, informatics, and technology management.

The National Science Foundation has recognized her work in two grants totaling over $600,000. The political informatics research coordination network, PInet, used government data to build research capacity for data intensive research in political science. A current NSF-funded award evaluates the strategy of US federal organizations who supply open government data. Her research has been generously funded domestically and internationally.In 2012, she was the first U.S. citizen to be invited as a fellow with the Peter Pribilla Foundation at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management  and Technical University of Munich (TUM), where she investigated government technology innovation.

Courses that she teaches include organizational ethnography, socio-technical analysis, collaborative technology, and electronic government. She is one of the core faculty in the Organization Development and Knowledge Management (ODKM) Program. She was trained in interpretive qualitative research methods but her work also draws on intensive text analysis and other computational tools to process semi-structured and unstructured documents.

 She holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in computer science from Brown University, and a Masters in Library Information Science (MLIS) from Rutgers University. She earned a PhD in Information Systems and Technology Management from The George Washington University School of Business with a secondary field in Organization Behavior. Dr. Mary Granger at The George Washington University, Dr. Nick Belkin at Rutgers University and Dr. Stan Zdonik at Brown University have been her academic advisors. Prior to completing her doctorate, she had extensive work experience in information architecture and information technology after years with the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress, Barclays Global Investors, Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors and Apple Computer.

Prof. Washington serves on the Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Open Government Foundation. She has also served on the United Nations World E-parliament Working Group on XML in Parliament, the Oasis LegalXML technical committee of citations, and Federal Web Content Managers Usability Task Force. She was an invited expert to the W3C E-Government Interest Group and the W3C Government Linked Data Working Group. She has been a member of the following organizations: AISASIST– 4SACM – KPMG Phd Project ISDSA –Oasis LegalXML  – Federal Web Content Managers – W3C –  IEEE –  AOM.

At the broadest level, her work considers the impact of technology on society through the lens of digital record keeping. Her recent interest in big data brings her expertise to the emerging policy and governance needs of data science.

Updated August 2016