PInet 2013 - Political Informatics NSF Workshop Final Report

20 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2013 Last revised: 17 Aug 2013

Date Written: June 6, 2013


PInet, a National Science Foundation research collaborative network (RCN), sponsored a February 2013 Steering Committee workshop to advance a new field called political informatics or poliInformatics. PoliInformatics is the application of diverse methodological approaches to the study of politics and government. The workshop considered the potential of using digitized government information as research infrastructure. Specifically, the Steering Committee discussed how to make government data attractive to a variety of academic fields. In 2013-2014, PInet will sponsor a data challenge focused on government information created in response to the financial crisis. Governments had to respond rapidly to choices with significant consequences as existing political, societal and financial assumptions began to change. Starting with the 2008 Troubled Assets Relief Program or TARP, researchers are encouraged to link multiple legislative, executive or judicial government sources into a "big data" collection. In addition to considering the political and policy responses, PInet researchers will investigate the complexities of building machine-readable relationships between multiple government institutions. The Steering Committee will encourage conference submissions that reflect state-of-the art research using this data. Selected conference papers will be invited to the first NSF-funded PoliInformatics workshop in late 2014. The PInet data challenge will draw attention to new research data while providing insight to complex policy responses. (Interim Report March 2013. Final Report June 2013).

Keywords: political informatics, big data, open government, e-government, policy, TARP, financial crisis, NSF, Troubled Asset Relief Program

Suggested Citation

Washington, Anne, PInet 2013 - Political Informatics NSF Workshop Final Report (June 6, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Anne Washington (Contact Author)

NYU Steinhardt ( email )

New York University
Steinhardt School
New York, NY 10003-711
United States

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