Gianluigi Viscusi


École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL CDM MTEI CSI ODY 1 16 (Odyssea) Station 5
Lausanne, Vaud
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My research interests include e-Government, information systems strategy and planning with a focus on the public sector, public policy, information production and technology Innovation. Currently, my research focuses on three main streams: crowd-driven innovation and cognitive-cultural economy, digital governance and social value of open government, translational research in innovation and technology management.

Viscusi, G. and Batini, C. (2016), Information Production and Social Value for Public Policy: A Conceptual Modeling Perspective. Policy & Internet, 8: 334–353. doi:10.1002/poi3.121
Abstract: The article investigates the potential role of conceptual modeling for policymaking. It argues that the use of conceptual schemas may provide an effective understanding of public sector information assets, and how they might be used to satisfy the needs of constituencies, thus having a public as well as social value. The article first defines the information assets of public administration, and goes on to consider the role of conceptual modeling for eliciting social value with regard to open data, using as a case study open data concerning hospitals in the United States, Canada, and Italy. An interpretive framework is outlined to support public managers for choosing the data sets to be “opened,” thereby exploiting public sector information assets under a social value perspective.
DOI: 10.1002/poi3.121
Misuraca, G., & Viscusi, G. (2014). Is Open Data Enough? E-Governance Challenges for Open Government. International Journal of Electronic Government Research, 10(1), 19–36.
Abstract: The article aims to investigate how key e-Governance dimensions related to openness, such as transparency and accountability, which are a necessary condition for reaching a high maturity of e-Government, may not be sufficient for open government. For this purpose, an interpretative framework to identify country attitudes towards Open Government is proposed and it is applied to two cases drawn from different legal, cultural and organisational backgrounds. Among the key findings of the article, the 'attitudes mapping' resulting from the application of the interpretative framework to the case studies points out the key role of different governance traditions in the path towards open government.
Viscusi, G., Castelli, M., & Batini, C. (2014). Assessing social value in open data initiatives: a framework. Future Internet, 6(3), 498–517. doi:10.3390/fi6030498
Abstract: Open data initiatives are characterized, in several countries, by a great extension of the number of data sets made available for access by public administrations, constituencies, businesses and other actors, such as journalists, international institutions and academics, to mention a few. However, most of the open data sets rely on selection criteria, based on a technology-driven perspective, rather than a focus on the potential public and social value of data to be published. Several experiences and reports confirm this issue, such as those of the Open Data Census. However, there are also relevant best practices. The goal of this paper is to investigate the different dimensions of a framework suitable to support public administrations, as well as constituencies, in assessing and benchmarking the social value of open data initiatives. The framework is tested on three initiatives, referring to three different countries, Italy, the United Kingdom and Tunisia. The countries have been selected to provide a focus on European and Mediterranean countries, considering also the difference in legal frameworks (civic law vs. common law countries).
Misuraca, G., & Viscusi, G. (2015). Shaping public sector innovation theory: an interpretative framework for ICT-enabled governance innovation. Electronic Commerce Research, 1–20. doi:10.1007/s10660-015-9184-5
Abstract: The paper discusses from a conceptual standpoint the need for renewing the lenses through which looking at the phenomenon of ICT-enabled innovation in governance and policy-making, suggesting that a possible ‘new theory of public sector innovation´ should be advanced. In doing this, it should be considered the specific networked structure of governance systems, the policy-making goals of public value, as well as the various constituencies and stakeholders’ relationships that characterize the public sector. For this purpose, the paper first presents the key findings of an extensive literature review conducted to support the quest for renewing ICT-enabled innovation in the public sector and the manner in which it is measured and evaluated. Then, building on recent research conducted by the authors an interpretative framework to assess how ICT-enabled innovations produce changes in governance processes is proposed and discussed. The paper ends with conclusions and indications on future research.
Batini, C., Viscusi, G., & Cherubini, D. (2009). GovQual: A quality driven methodology for E-Government project planning. Government Information Quarterly, 26(1), 106–117.
Abstract: We present a multidisciplinary methodology for E-Government project planning. The set of expertise needed for the design of E-Government systems includes social, juridical, economic, organizational, and technological perspectives. To properly address such a broad range of influences requires a unique vision. Our long-term aim is to use an integrated approach to examine a number of issues which currently present challenges in many E-Government projects. This paper in particular focuses on social and technological aspects of E-Government. The methodology has four phases: (1) state reconstruction, (2) quality assessment, (3) new quality targets definition, and (4) preliminary operational planning. A case study provides evidence of the feasibility and effectiveness of the methodology.

Substantive Focus:
Governance SECONDARY
Science and Technology Policy PRIMARY

Theoretical Focus:
Policy Process Theory PRIMARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation SECONDARY