digital government, open architecture and innovation: why public sector IT will never be the same again

UPDATED 07.09.2012: see postscript

The paper I co-authored with Mark Thompson is now online – “Digital government, open architecture, and innovation: Why public sector IT will never be the same again”.

This appears in the advance access section of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART to its friends) – for which, unfortunately, you will need a subscription.

It’s an interesting model of course – where the authors research and write in their own time and at their own expense, and someone else takes the income. Roll on open academic publishing!

If you can’t or don’t want to pay, the article now seeing the light of day was the one covered by Mark Say in his piece for the Guardian last August. Unlike Fleet Street, academic publishing moves at a sedate speed all its own: our article was originally submitted in July 2011, some 14 months ago and accepted in January 2012.

For those of you able to access and read our article in full online, you may need to partially adjust your mindset given that the world of IT reform in Whitehall has certainly not stood still. In particular the UK government’s cloud strategy has manifested itself in the CloudStore, a notable effort to move commodity services onto common platforms and away from the current expensive and highly fragmented model.

Mark and I will be doing some updates and further work in this and related areas – although we may find a conduit that is more open, timely and accessible in the future.

POSTSCRIPT: We’ve now had URL’s provided with free access to both the HTML and PDF versions of our paper. From the guidance provided by JPART/Oxford Journals – “Single copies of the article can be printed and distributed to interested colleagues who wish to use the article for personal research/study purposes only. For those wishing to make commercial use of the article, please direct them to”. So now you know.

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