Roberto Cruz Romero

Roberto Cruz Romero

Research Area Research System and Science Dynamics
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Roberto Cruz Romero studied Arts and Graphic Design at the Universidad de Costa Rica, where he obtained his BA and Licentiate’s degreees (2007 – 2012). From 2011 to 2014 he completed his BA in Political Science at the same university. He worked as a research assistant and, later, as a research associate at the policy think tank PROSIC (Knowledge and Information Society Programme), where he also adviced the Knowledge Sharing Programme (KSP) oft he Korean Development Institute (KDI) on science and technology human resources. Roberto moved to Germany in 2018 to obtain his MA degree from the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg (2018 – 2020), which he focused on the empirical relation of transparency and economic performance. As of 2020 he is a doctoral candidate at the Universität Leipzig, further researching the institutional determinants of transparency in a comparative perspective. Since 2022 he joined the DZHW as a research associate in the indi:oa project, where he collaborates with the empirical evaluation of open access bibliometric data.

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Responsible valuation and quality assurance of open access publications via bibliometric indicators (INDIOA)
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Digital governance: A proposal analysis for Costa Rica [Gobernanza digital en Costa Rica: un análisis de propuestas].

Cruz Romero, R. (2017).
Digital governance: A proposal analysis for Costa Rica [Gobernanza digital en Costa Rica: un análisis de propuestas]. e-Ciencias de la Informacion, 8(1), 1-18.
Abstract

This article aims to provide a comprehensive look at recent proposals of digital governance in Costa Rica, from its institutional design, specifically regarding the ruling entity of the sector. This will be achieved through a documentary review, as well as following a process-tracing method. Then, the article will focus on presenting the national experience with respect of that of the international benchmarks on the subject. Conclusively, it will provide a series of recommendations from the best practices observed in successful institutions in the field of digital Government, applicable to the Costa Rican case given its low success level regarding the country’s institutionalization of a Digital Government.

Internet politics Towards a social networking typology - Costa Rican municipal elections analysis.

Cruz Romero, R. (2017).
Internet politics Towards a social networking typology - Costa Rican municipal elections analysis. In IEEE (Hrsg.), Proceedings from International Conference on Information Society (I-Society 2016) (S. 149-154). Dublin, Ireland: IEEE.
Abstract

By weighing data extracted during the 2016 municipal election in Costa Rica from local-level political parties' Facebook pages the research elaborates an analysis based on the mobilization - normalization theses. From that perspective, the paper identifies the traits that characterize each party's communicational emphasis, specifically on whether such sites promote or limit deliberative behaviors amongst each page's subscriber/follower. This content taxonomy displays the kind of traits each content type signifies in terms of political (and digital) engagement. This typology presents three major categories: Informative parties, Self-promotional parties and Interactive-driven parties.

Politics 2.0 ICTs in Costa Rica's 2014 Presidential Campaign.

Cruz Romero, R. (2016).
Politics 2.0 ICTs in Costa Rica's 2014 Presidential Campaign. In IEEE (Hrsg.), Proceedings from 2015 International Conference on Information Society (i-Society) (S. 115-120). London, UK: IEEE.
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This study focuses on the contraposition of the mobilizing and normalizing theses, in its aim to demonstrate that social networks are a valid source for electoral political processes analysis. Therefore, the research focuses on the dynamics generated by the major presidential candidates in Costa Rica, during the 2013-2014 electoral campaign, in its official Facebook profiles, by assessing each candidate's communication, interaction and, finally, mobilization capabilities as from these virtual spaces. Such data are complemented and contrasted with national opinion polls results, as well as the final election results.