“The GovLab Digest compiles news and publications from many sectors and countries. Thus, it’s a efficient way for everyone interested in technology in government to stay up-to-date to what’s happening in the field.”
Basanta Thapa, University of Potsdam
The Digest is a curated selection of major developments, findings, and views related to how society improves people’s lives by changing how we govern, delivered weekly. Since 2013 a curation of nearly 5100 articles was published and over 260 digest newsletters have been sent out. Starting from zero, the amount of subscribers to the newsletter grew from a total of 4,266 subscribers.
An analysis of the more than 5000 entries for The Govlab Digest resulted in a list of Keywords that were used to tag the content for further processing possibilities. The analysis was done with the help of the Online NGram Analyzerdeveloped by Dr. Ron Mitsugo Zacharski to show how the content of The Govlab Digest has developed and which reoccurring one and two word phrases.
The content analysis under the premise to find out which unigrams or “one word” keyphrase occurred the most, showed that data, open, research, public, social and government are among the most occurring terms in the last five years. Words such as blockchain started to appear more frequent at the beginning of 2017.
Keyphrase consisting out of two words reflect a more clearer picture of the development of The Govlab Digest since its start. Open Data, Big Data and Social Media occurred mostly on a constant base, while terms such as open government has decreased drastically since fall 2016. In contrast civil society became increasingly more popular since this time.
Top 40 Unigrams and Bigrams
The Top 40 most occurring Bigrams and Unigrams in all of The Govlab Digest content show that between the first three terms and the following ones a big disparity is visible. The choice of words influenced the choice of Tagging Taxonomy for the next iteration of The Govlab Digest.
According to WordPress analytics and Google Analytics the Digest chart shows how many people have accessed the digest in comparison to the average blog visits per day and all the views per month on the blog.
The Twitter account of TheGovlab has an outreach to 17K Followers. In 2014 TheGovlab started to regularly tweet about the Digest and constantly increased its reach in terms of Tweet Impressions and Engagements.
The Tweet with the most engagements either retweet, likes or on a Digest send out stems from January 2017
and the most impressions were visible to the Govlabs Digest feature on healthcare and collective intelligence.
The full overview to all Twitter activities on The Govlab Digest newsletter can be accessed below. For details on each tweet hover over the bars in the chart or click on the bar to access the content on Twitter directly.
A total of the digest email openings decreased from late 2016 until today with a steady fluctuation towards more openings in 2018.
Out of all campaigns send since 2013 a couple of links have been accessed that received a broad attention. The chart below shows the most successful links of all time. You can click on either the circle or the link list below.