Member Updates from the DGS President

Dear Fellow DGS Members:


Happy New Year!


2014 has been an important year for the Digital Government Society! It marks the first full year of our operation as a global society. The DGS Board, including new members from beyond North America, is working to advance the agenda of the Society and to provide value to members. Our annual conference was a great success and the 2015 conference committee is working hard on next year’s conference. We’ve seen the launch of a new web site including a conference registration system and membership page.  We’ve successfully launched a new process for identifying conference hosts and in the fall of 2014 announced both the 2015 and 2016 hosts of dg.o.  


Plans for dg.o 2015 are well underway under the leadership of the conference co-chairs Karen Mossberger of ASU and Natalie Helbig of the NYS Department of Health, together with Mary Feeney, Conference Organizer and Program co-chairs Jing Zhang of Clark University and Yushim Kim of ASU. Please be sure to visit the dg.o 2015 site regularly for the latest information on the upcoming conference, share the CFP for dg.o 2015 and encourage your colleagues and students to join us in Arizona for the 16thoffering of dg.o!


The Conference Site Selection Committee has prepared the call for conference host bids for 2017 and encourages all members to consider hosting dg.o 2017. Draft proposals are due March 1, 2015.  Thanks again to Andrea Kavanaugh, DGS Board Treasurer and Board Members, Natalie Helbig, Sehl Mellouli and Scott Robertson for carrying out this important responsibility.


The newly reconstituted DGS Communication Committee has been working to develop new ways to share information among members starting with a weekly news release providing updates on both Society news and items of interest to members. Please consider using the DGSociety News as one more important channel for announcements and as a way to share information with your colleagues in DGS!  Thanks to SoonAe Chun, DGS President Elect and Board Members Andrea Kavanaugh and John Bertot for their work on this committee. 


The DGS relies on the work of members to organize and offer the conference and the various programs that provide value to members. Please consider advancing your own career and the goals of DGS by joining an existing DGS committee, or if you have an idea for advancing the Society and its membership that doesn’t seem to fit one of our regular committees – please let me or any other Board member know and we’ll do what we can!


I wish you all the best for a healthy and happy 2015 and look forward to seeing you in May in Arizona!


Best regards,


Theresa Pardo

DGS President