Digital Government Society

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Digital Government Society
Formation 2005; 12 years ago (2005)
Type 501(c)(3) not-for-profit membership corporation
Headquarters Los Angeles
Method conferences, publications, mentoring, education, training, consulting
Soon Ae Chun

The Digital Government Society or DGS is originally registered in the State of California as The Digital Government Society of North America or DGSNA, but the name has been amended to the Digital Government Society as of October 11, 2013. The Society is an international, nonprofit, professional society devoted to advancing democratic digital government via research, policy, and best practice, including original countries, Canada, the United States, and Mexico, and other countries around the world.

History and purpose[edit]

The organization was founded in 2005 as the Digital Government Society of North America, registered in the State of California (USA), as a Charitable Organization: 2925410. It was renamed to "The Digital Government Society (DGS)" in 2013.[1] It grew out of the US National Science Foundation's CISE-based Digital Government program.[2] The founding members include Yigal Arens at USI/Information Sciences Institute, Eduard Hovy at CMU (at USC/ISI formerly), Sharon Dawes at University at Albany, Larry Brandt (NSF) and Valerie Gregg (NSF).

NSF formed a partnership known as "dg.o" (DigitalGovernment.Org), for the advancement of digital government. It brings together computer science researchers with federal, state and local agencies to improve the quality and scope of on-line government services. Larry Brandt, NSF program director, stated "With the dg.o, the next steps are to build a multi-sector research-based community of many universities and government agencies."[3] NSF-funded digital government activities include:

  • improving citizen access to government statistical data
  • managing information and knowledge for law enforcement
  • implementing a testbed of high-speed communications for comprehensive emergency management
  • ensuring security for web-based statistical analysis of confidential data[3]

The dg.o consortium is expected to support participating research institutions and the digital government community by giving academic researchers insight into federal agency needs, transferring emergent information technology from academia to member agencies, acting as an information source across agencies and helping to leverage resources through collaboration.[3]

Board of Directors[edit]

The society's activities are conducted and overseen by the board of directors. The board consists of the executive board members that includes president, president elect, treasurer, secretary, and immediate past president, and other board members. The board of directors are elected for a two year term through nominations and member votes every two years, starting in January of the first year ending in December of the second year. The election is usually held in late November or early December of the second year of the two year term.

The current and past president of the Digital Government Society include:

The board members are listed here.[4]

The board members are responsible for holding monthly meetings to discuss all aspects of the DGS activities and the community building efforts. The DGS operates with the standing committees, including memership committee, annual conference organization committee, award committee, liaison committee, communications committee, etc. as well as ad-hoc committees. Each committee consists of a committee chair and several volunteer committee members.


Every year, the DGS hosts dg.o conference, the International Conference on Digital Government Research, which is a premier venue for the Digital Government research community. Current and previous conferences include:

The DGS also makes efforts to the global reach, including EU academic activities (e.g. IFIP 8.5 Working Group E-gov and E-Part), and a collaboration with China. [5]


  1. ^ UIA (Union of International Associations). "Digital Government Society". 
  2. ^ NSF Media (15 May 2000). "NSF Creates Partnership to Further Digital Government". 
  3. ^ a b c "NSF Creates Partnership to Further Digital Government". National Science Foundation. May 15, 2000. Retrieved 6 July 2017.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
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  5. ^ Pardo, Theresa (22 Jun 2008). "China and U.S. Collaborate on Digital Government Research". GovTech. 

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