International Journal of Public Information Systems

The International Journal of Public Information Systems (IJPIS) wants to link researchers and other professionals who share an interest in the process, nature, significance and implications of public information systems design.

IJPIS publishes articles in the field of public information systems. It's a broad area including e-government, e-governance, e-democracy, e-participation, public services, archival science etc.

The journal is a forum for analytical and comparative articles, essays, case-studies, and book reviews on such topics as innovation and research, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and products. The journal publishes insightful pieces intended for general readers as well as specialists. To illuminate important debates and draw attention to specific topics, the journal occasionally publishes thematic issues.

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Published by Mid Sweden University. ISSN 1653-4360

Legal publisher (Ansvarig utgivare): Aron Larsson

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Vol 12, No 1 (2016): Special Issue on Policy Making and Public Information Systems

Policy making is a complex activity since it involves striking a balance between legal requirements, intended outcomes, the limits of scientific knowledge at any given time, and the public response to the policy. Whilst incorporating popular input into the process is crucial to the legitimacy and acceptability of the outcome, it is also desirable to match citizen’s expectations and demands to the policy.

Questions of great concern for policy makers then become how to base policy on the existing knowledge base? How to trust the sufficiency of data, its complexity and representation, as well as what extent the impact of a policy can be predicted before it is implemented? The full impact of policy decisions is not always obvious at the time the policy is formulated or enacted, and any short-comings of the policy become known when it is too late to change it. In this stage, policy makers and analysts alike wrestle with how to intelligently filter information according to relevance, relationship and provenance.

Editors: Aron Larsson, Mid Sweden University and Somya Joshi, Stockholm University

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Mari Cecilia Runardotter, Anna Ståhlbröst
Ann-Sofie Klareld