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Title:"The public is part of the audience": Information access for citizens, democratic accountability, and climate change science
Author(s):Oltmann, Shannon M.
Subject(s):information policy
social and community informatics
qualitative data analysis
information access
scientific communication
democratic accountability
Abstract:Information access has been identified by several scholars as an important research area within information science; with intellectual, physical, and social components, genuine access to information can be difficult to secure. According to the theory of democratic accountability, information access is particularly important for citizens in a democracy, who must have access to public policy information—and the information that informs policy decisions—in order to hold their elected officials accountable. This research conducted two case studies into the accessibility of climate change research utilizing qualitative semi-structured interviews. Respondents indicated that citizens’ intellectual, physical, and social access to the information in question was curtailed, thereby hindering their ability to practice democratic accountability. This research extends previous work done in information access and scientific research and demonstrates a need for further investigation into citizens’ access to government and scientific information.
Issue Date:2013-02
Publisher:iSchools
Citation Info:Oltmann, S. M. (2013). “The public is part of the audience": Information access for citizens, democratic accountability, and climate change science. iConference 2013 Proceedings (pp. 398-408). doi:10.9776/13221
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/38391
DOI:10.9776/13221
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Rights Information:Copyright © 2013 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-01-30


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