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Conference Presentations 2004

  • IASSIST 2004-Data Futures: Building on 30 Years of Advocacy, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
    Host Institution: Data and Program Library Service, University of Wisconsin-Madison

G3: Enhancing the Research Experience for Data Users (Fri, 2004-05-28)
Chair:Ann Gray

  • Research in ICTs and Political Behavior: What We Know and Don't Know About Technology and Political Life
    Alice Robbin (Indiana University Bloomington)
    Christina Courtright (Indiana University Bloomington)
    Leah Davis (Indiana University Bloomington)


    A wide range of studies in political science, sociology, communication, cognitive and social psychology, library and information science, and other disciplines have been conducted for more than half a century on various aspects of user behavior related to the use of new technologies. This research has led to significant progress in the technical and computational aspects of information storage, retrieval and use, the development of a global information infrastructure, and the usability of products and services. More recently, research has focused on the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and political life. This paper evaluates the status of this empirical research. We find that, with notable exceptions, research on e-government, e-governance, and e-democracy has not avoided and, indeed, struggles with well-known conceptual, theoretical and methodological problems that contribute to a lack of robust empirical evidence to support claims that political life has been altered by ICTs. It may well be that some of these problems defy solutions; however, we remain optimistic and conclude by offering suggestions for improving the quality of research data on the relationship between ICTs and political behavior.

  • IASSIST Quarterly

    Publications Special issue: A pioneer data librarian
    Welcome to the special volume of the IASSIST Quarterly (IQ (37):1-4, 2013). This special issue started as exchange of ideas between Libbie Stephenson and Margaret Adams to collect


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