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Volume 12 Issue 2, ECEG 2014 / Dec 2014  pp95‑207

Editor: Frank Banister

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Editorial  pp95‑96

Frank Bannister

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Open data in Service design  pp97‑105

Muriel Foulonneau et al

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Citizen Involvement in Local Environmental Governance: A Methodology Combining Human‑Centred Design and Living lab Approaches  pp106‑114

Sandrine Reiter, Guillaume Gronier, Philippe Valoggia

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Networks of Communities and Communities of Networks in Online Government  pp115‑129

Paul Henman, Rob Ackland, Tim Graham

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Abstract

Abstract: Over the past decade the World Wide Web has become a core platform for the electronic operation of government. Yet the shape and nature of government presence on the Web and the online community in which it resides remains poorly understood and relatively under‑theorised. This paper analyses large‑scale web crawling data that map the hyperlink network structure between government websites and the broader Web ecology in the UK. In particular, it reports the communities of websites within a hype rlink network of over 19,000 websites and over 135,000 hyperlinks derived from 75 key UK government seed sites at national, regional (i.e. Scotland and Wales) and local government levels. These website communities were derived by utilising Infomap, a st ate‑of‑the‑art community detection algorithm that operate on the principle that flows of information in complex networks reveals community structure. Identifying and analysing online communities in which government websites reside provides insights in how hyperlink communities are arranged, that is, their emergent organizing principal and the importance of government in these online communities. It is hypothesized that online communities can occur around different policy topics (such as health, educati on or policing), or along institutional or jurisdictional boundaries (such as England, Scotland and Wales). Using this novel approach this paper demonstrates that communities emerge on both axes, and that social media and government portals are some of the most significant communities based on information flows. This research provides foundational knowledge about the role of government websites in the World Wide Web, the emergent online associations, and the changing dynamic of state information in the twenty‑first century. It points to strategies for developing government Web presence in networks that matter. 

 

Keywords: Keywords: social network analysis, community detection, hyperlink networks, Infomap, web social science, UK

 

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William Linnefell, Anette Hallin, Mikael Lagergren

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A Model of Fundamental Components for an e‑Government Crowdsourcing Platform  pp141‑156

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Analysis of Different Organizational Forms: Towards a Framework of Influencing Factors Regarding Performance Management of IT in Public Organizations  pp157‑168

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Conundrums in Benchmarking eGovernment Capabilities? Perspectives on Evaluating European Usage and Transparency  pp169‑177

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Raising Acceptance of Cross‑Border eID Federation by Value Alignment  pp178‑188

Jérôme Brugger, Marianne Fraefel, Reinhard Riedl

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Research Philosopy and Methodologies of e‑Government : Update From ECEG and ICEG  pp189‑198

Muhammad Yusuf, Carl Adams, Kate Dingley

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E‑SmartBox: A Decent Software and Hardware Tool to Enhance Public Service Efficiency and Sustainability  pp199‑207

Choompol Boonmee, Jirasuk Sugandhajati

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