About the ICEDEG

The challenges of modernizing the state and its administration have increased, especially with regard to the targeted application of Internet technologies. By means of eDemocracy it is intended to support the exchange of knowledge as well as democratic processes. In addition, eGovernment aims to put digital public services at disposal for citizens, companies, and organizations.

The ICEDEG conference is in its second year of providing a forum for research and technology development in those areas. Original, unpublished research paper submissions are solicited from industrial, academic, and other non-profit or public sector researchers reporting on substantial results. For more info on the relevant sub topics download the Call for Papers.

Download the Call for Papers for the conference here

• Full Paper: October 31st, 2014
• Notification: January 15th, 2015
• Camera-ready: February 15th, 2015

2011 hat sich die Österreichische Verwaltung im Rahmen der Cooperation OGD Österreich auf eine Öffnung von Verwaltungsdaten geeinigt. Und das in einem Land ohne pro-aktives Recht auf Informationsfreiheit und der Verschwiegenheitspflicht im Verfassungsrang. Aber die Diskussion ist bekannt.

Umso erfreulicher ist es da schon über erfolge in Richtung (freiwilliger) Öffnung von Staat, Verwaltung und Öffentlichkeit berichten zu können. 2011 wurde die Cooperation OGD Österreich, ein Zusammenschluss von aktiven Individuen aus progressiven Verwaltungseinheiten und Beraten von Forschungseinrichtungen und der Wirtschaft, mit dem Ziel gegründet, die notwendigen organisatorischen und technischen Rahmenbedingungen für eine Öffnung von Staat und Verwaltung zu schaffen. Ein Vorgehensmodell zur Veröffentlichung von Daten sowie eine Spezifikation zur Beschreibung von Daten sind Beispiele für Aktivitäten dieser Gruppe.

Drei Jahre später sind 1.308 Datensätze entstanden – nicht viel, vergleicht man das mit 18.748 Datensätzen am Portal von Großbritannien. Andererseits wurden daraus 244 Anwendungen / Visualisierungen geschaffen, ein Verhältnis von Datensatz / Umsetzungen, das Seinesgleichen sucht.

Mit 1. Juli 2014 ging das sogenannte Schwesternportal von data.gv.at, opendataportal.at online. Hier haben Firmen, NGOs und Private die Möglichkeit, Daten hochzuladen und zu bestehenden Datensätzen zu diskutieren, eine Funktionalität die über jene von data.gv.at hinausgeht. Dieses Daten können stehen unter der Creative Commons Namensnennung Version 3.0 Lizenz zur beliebigen Nutzung bereit. Auch wenn die Anzahl der Datensätze aktuell überschaubar ist, wurde damit dennoch Geschichte geschrieben: Es ist das erste Portal weltweit auf dem Firmen, NGOs und Private ohne Zweckwidmung Daten hochladen können.

Wir haben uns diesen Umstand zum Anlass genommen uns mit diesem Erfolg im vermeintlich so verschlossenen Österreich auseinanderzusetzen und Erfolgsfaktoren herauszuarbeiten. Einige der Ergebnisse wurden am 31. Juni 2014 im Zuge des Projektes SharePSI 2.0 der internationalen Forschungs- und Interessensgemeinschaft vorgestellt.

The  CeDEM14 was held May 21 to May 23 2014 at the Danube University Krems. We blogged live from the conference and collected nearly all the presentations, reports, and other web media in this post. Please share this with friends and colleagues (and if you notice that your presentation is missing – do send it to us so that we can include it here!)

This was CeDEM14, thank you for joining us!

So What happened at CeDEM14?

Othmar Karas, MEP sent the CeDEM14 participants his greetings: videomessage!

 CeDEM14 in numbers

See the number of submissions, the acceptance rate, where participants come from and more!

CeDEM14 Best Paper Award

The following papers were nominated for the CeDEM14 Best Paper Award:

  • Alois Paulin: “Through Liquid Democracy to Sustainable Non-Bureaucratic Government”
  • Damien Mac Namara, J Paul Gibson and Ken Oakley: “Just Like Paper – a Baseline for Classifying E-Voting Usability”
  • Maximilian Heimstädt, Fredric Saunderson and Tom Heath: Conceptualzing Open Data Ecosystems: A Timeline Analysis of Open Data Development in the UK
  • Micha Germann, Flurin Conradin, Christoph Wellig and Uwe Serdült: “Five Years of Internet Voting for Swiss Expatriates”
  • Raimondo Iemma, Michele Osella and Federico Morando: “Breaking Public Administrations’ Data silos: The Case of Open-DAI and a comparison between open data platforms –

And the winner is…..

CeDEM14 Keynotes

We were pleased  to have Alexander Gerber, Philipp Müller, Jeanne Holme and Mohamed El-Sioufi with us! Interested in the summaries of their presentations? Find them here: “CeDEM14 Keynotes”.

CeDEM14 Workshops

A total of 6 workshops were held during the conference. Find the summaries here: “CeDEM14 Workshops”

CeDEM14 Sessions

The CeDEM14 included 7 sessions on a broad range of topics such as e-democracy, a-participation, Open Data, social and mobile media, design, technology and information visualization. 33 presentations allowed the participants to present their research results, ideas, projects, etc. Read the summaries and the presentations here: “CeDEM14 sessions”.

One of the sessions was the energetic Reflections session. Presenters have 5 minutes to present their work, and the nearly 20 presentations generate interesting discussions. We have collected the presentations here: “CeDEM14 Reflections”.

CeDEM14 allowed participants to watch the film “Blueberry Soup”  and engage in a Skype discussion with the filmmaker Eileen Jerrett, as well as participate in the Open Space, an opportunity for participants to organise their own presentations, sessions, events, workshops, birds of a feather, networking, etc.

CeDEM14 on the the Austrian Radio Channel Ö1 (mix English&German)

Peter Parycek (Head of the Centre for E-Governance) und Johnstone Baguma (Toro Development Network, Uganda) discuss E-Government, E-Voting and E-participation in Africa.


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 Contributors to the CeDEM14 Summary & Overview: Bettina Rinnerbauer, Johann Höchtl, Noella Edelmann, Michael Sachs, Ralph Schöllhammer.

We were pleased to have and hear the following keynotes:

  • Alexander Gerber on Scientific Citizenship (innocomm Research Center for Science & Innovation Communication, DE)

  • Jeanne Holm on Open Data (Evangelist, Data.gov, U.S. General Services Administration, US)

  • Philipp Müller on Statehood, the Deep Web, and Democracy (Computer Sciences Corporation and Business School of University Salzburg, AT)

  • Mohamed El-Sioufi on (E)ngaging communities through global thinking for local actions (United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT)

Keep on reading for the summaries of their keynotes!

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Sessions held at CeDEM14:

  • E-Democracy and E-Participation

  • Open Data, Transparency and Open Innovation

  • Citizens’ Participation in Democratic Governance Processes through ICT in Africa

  • Design and Co-creation for E-democracy

  • Bottom-Up Movements

  • E-Voting

  • Social and Mobile Media for Public Administration

  • Technology and Architecture

  • Rethinking Information Visualization for the People

  • Freedom and Ethics in Digital Societies

  • Open Collaborative Government

Keep on reading for the summaries of the presentations, ppts, etc.!

All the papers are available in the CeDEM14 Proceedings (OA and available online here!)

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We congratulate the winner (actually, winners as this was a joint paper) on the first CeDEM Best Paper Award:

Raimondo Iemma, Michele Osella and Federico Morando: “Breaking public administrations data silos: The case of Open-DAI, and a comparison between open data platforms.”



This is what the reviewers said about the paper:

„The papers says something which has not been said before. Furthermore, the comparison of open data portals functionality is a very valid actual use case many administrations and companies face today. It’s good to see an in-depth comparison so others can decide on quantitative and qualitative figures instead of picking automatically CKAN as the elephant in the room.“

„Benchmarking high-end solutions for todays problems was very useful and insightful to read.“

„The paper is “esthetically” well written, with good references, and presents a project (still ongoing: pilot services are being developed) for sure relevant: an open source platform designed to expose data as services, directly pulling from legacy databases of the data holder. The comparison with other platforms is well done.“

„Open data platforms are a very challenging area – both technically and politically – and this paper provides a good introduction to the main requirements for such platforms and an overview of different implementations“

„I chose this one as it addresses questions often put forward: which approach for OD to use and why.“


Workshops held at CeDEM14

  • CitizensForum – Methodology and Software Going Open Source (Hans Hagedorn, Hannes Rudzik)

  • Making All Voices Count (Chris Underwood and Marjan Besuijen)

  • E-Participation in Slum Upgrading in Mtwapa, Kenya  (Peter Sonntagbauer, (FUPOL)

  • Maximizing the Public Value of Open Government: A Workshop on CTG’s Strategic Planning Approach (Meghan Cook)

  • Sensor and Government Open Data: their Role in Public Policy (AIT: Peter Widhalm, Martin Litzenberger, Ross King, Reinhard Kloibhofer, Georg Neubauer; BRZ: Robert Harm)

  • E-Governance Across the Globe (Peter Sonntagbauer, Joshua Mulandi Maviti)

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Peter Parycek, Zentrum für E-Governance und Johnstone Baguma vom Toro Development Network, Uganda über E-Government, E-Voting und elektronische Beteiligung in Afrika

Reflections at CeDEM14

5 minutes per presentation on the following topics:

  • Open Data
  • E-Democracy
  • E-Participation
  • Open Access and Spatial Information

As well as

  • A PhD Paper
  • Two (unannounced) Stand-up

Read the summaries and view the presentations below!

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