Mary Francoli is an associate professor of communication and media studies at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa, Canada. She holds a doctorate in political science from Western University. Prior to joining the School of Journalism and Communication, she was the Leverhulme Visiting Fellow in New Media and Internet Politics at Royal Holloway, The University of London.
Dr. Francoli’s research looks at the relationship between digital media and issues related to politics and governance. While this is a large and diverse field, most of her research has focused on the way that digital media has impacted three broad areas: citizen engagement and mobilization, governance, access to information and data.
Dr. Francoli is a leading researcher in the field of open government and open data. She has authored two major reports for the Open Government Partnership assessing the Government of Canada’s progress in the area of open government. She has provided expert testimony to the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Government Operations on the issue of open data and has been invited to speak about open government and open data at a number of conferences and venues, including the annual meeting of the federal and provincial Information Commissioners in 2014.
At the risk of simplifying a complex concept that has a much longer history than the OGP, we can say that contemporary open government is centred on three fundamental components: Understanding, collecting, managing, and preserving messages, information, and data; Citizen…