Analysis of government environmental agency web pages for Colony Collapse Disorder information

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This paper presents the results from a study identifying government entities that provide information about Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in order to discover what information is available from the entities' web pages and evaluate the quality of the information provided as it pertains to a defined spectrum of citizen information seekers. Using a government information valuation framework that takes into account these citizen user needs, this paper looks at the information content within the context of the public sphere and applies the lens of post-normal science theory to analyze the current status of information from these entities. Overall the research shows that citizen user groups are in need of public engagement applications to facilitate a two-way flow of information.

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