My research activities for 2011 are just wrapping up in an exciting way,  I’ve just published a paper on cloud computing and started working on another one on Open Government Data.

The first one covers the shift towards cloud computing by UAE eGovernment, it describes the local context in which this shift is being made and the driving opportunities. In addition, it presents the first wave of deployed cloud services, the possible challenges in managing and marketing them and conclude with recommended solutions.

I’ve presented this paper as a poster in the The 5th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2011) took place in Tallinn, Estonia.  The paper is now published on the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Digital Library and you can download it here (paid content).

The other paper I’m working on now is about the state of  Open Government Data (OGD) in three Arab countries (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and UAE) and I’ll submit it to the 12th European Conference on e-Government ECEG 2012 to be organized in Barcelona, Spain.   These three countries have recently launched OGD initiatives and started offering official open datasets for public and commercial use on their national portal. In this case study research, I aim at exploring and comparing these OGD initiatives. More specifically, I’ll search for answers to the following questions:

  • What are the key driving forces for opening up government data in the three countries?
  • What are the key challenges facing these OGD initiatives? And how do these countries plan to overcome them?
  • In light of their local priorities and practices, how do these three countries perceive  the Open Government Partnership (OGP)?
  • What are the future plans of these countries to further enrich their OGD practices?

Then I’ll conclude the case study by providing a set of recommendation to further improve the OGD practice in these countries.

For sure I’ll share the paper here once it’s published. Meanwhile, feel free to contact me (ibrahim.elbadawi@gmail.com) if you have any thoughts about these topics.