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The EU-funded SharePSI project seeks to gather good practice in publishing public sector information and open data.

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The 2nd SharePSI public meeting will take place 2.-3. December in Lisbon/Portugal. Take the opportunity and share your knowledge at small group discussions or in a stand-up manner / barcamp style. The primary topic of the 2nd meeting will be encouraging commercial use of open data. The centre for E-Governance, which is a project partner, will give a talk on opendataportal.at, the worlds first centralized portal publishing data in spirit of the Open Data Principles.

For more information see the project web site.

Peter Parycek and Ralph Schoellhammer contributed an article about the future of democracy in the digital age to the newest edition of eutopia: http://www.eutopiamagazine.eu/en/peter-parycek/issue/technology-and-competition-between-democracy-and-autocracy

What does the data revolution of the last two decades mean for the competition between different political systems? Contrary to the often proclaimed hope that new means of communication and data collection as well as analysis would improve and enhance democracy worldwide, the situation seems to be much more complex. Most importantly, it seems as if technological progress has reignited a competition between different political systems.

When Alexis de Tocqueville enthusiastically wrote his Democracy in America during the late eighteenth century, he was wondering “with what new traits despotism could be produced in the world”. His optimism for a democratic form of government was not lessened by a constant mistrust in the human ability to actually maintain a political system that was not only democratic in name, but also in essence.

Nowadays, liberal democracy worldwide has come under pressure from alternative political systems in Asia and Eastern Europe, but also in the very heart of Europe itself: at a time when the Prime Minister of one of the oldest nation states in Europe, Hungary’s Viktor Orban, can openly declare that his goal is to build an “illiberal state” on democratic premises, de Tocqueville’s concerns are of an almost uncomfortable timeliness.

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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.

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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We invite you to submit a paper to the upcoming Special Issue of JeDEM 01/2014.
JeDEM provides full open access to its authors and readers: Publishing with and reading JeDEM is free of charge.

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* Ina Schieferdecker, Fraunhofer FOKUS, Germany
* Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
* Tim Davies, University of Southampton, UK
* Johann Höchtl, Danube University Krems, Austria

In efforts to increase openness, transparency and participation, governments around the world have drafted Open Government policies and established Open Data as an integral part of modern administration. Open data and public sector information has been held out as a powerful resource to support good governance, improve public services, engage citizens, and stimulate economic growth. The promises have been high, but the results have been modest so far and more and there are more and more critical sounds.  Policies have not resulted in gaining the desired benefits and implementations have been criticized for its technology orientation and neglecting the user perspective. These policies and implementations are now under scrutiny, with important questions to be asked about: whether the results justify the efforts; about how different outcomes from open data can be secured; and who is benefiting from open data in different countries and contexts? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

CeDEM14 Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 21-23 May 2014

The CeDEM14 programme – 3 days packed with international keynotes, workshops, presentations, a film viewing („Blueberry Soup“) followed by a discussion with the filmmaker Eileen Jerret, an Open Space for you, opportunities for networking – is now available (www.donau-uni.ac.at/cedem)

 CeDEM14 Programme 21-23 May 2014

  • 21-22 May: paper presentations, workshops, reflections and keynotes;
  • 21 May: conference dinner;
  • 22 May: CeDEM14 Best Paper Award;
  • 23 May: Viewing of the Film „Blueberry Soup“ followed by a podium discussion with Eileen Jerrett (filmmaker); CeDEM Open Space;

CeDEM14 Keynotes

  • „Scientific Citizenship“ Alexander Gerber (innocomm Research Center for Science & Innovation Communication, Germany);
  • „Open Data“ Jeanne Holm (Evangelist, Data.gov, U.S. General Services Administration, US);
  • „Statehood, the Deep Web, and Democracy“ Philipp Müller (University Salzburg, Austria);
  • „(E)ngaging communities through global thinking for local actions“ Mohamed El-Sioufi (United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-HABITAT);

CeDEM14 Open Space 23 May 2014

The CeDEM Open Space is an opportunity for participants to organise their own presentations, sessions, events, workshops, birds of a feather, networking, etc. If you are interested in attending and/or presenting at the Open Space, get in touch with Michael Sachs (michael.sachs@donau-uni.ac.at).

CeDEM14 Further Details: www.donau-uni.ac.at/cedem

Registration: http://bit.ly/1d2ZR1F

Looking forward to seeing you in Krems!

Uses of Open Data Within Government for Innovation and Efficiency

Share-PSI 2.0 is the European network for the exchange of experience and ideas around implementing open data policies in the public sector. It brings together government departments, standards bodies, academic institutions, commercial organisations, trade associations and interest groups to identify what does and doesn’t work, what is and isn’t practical, what can and can’t be expected of different stakeholders.

Call for Papers

The first public meeting of SharePSI will be held in Samos from 30.6. to 1. 7. 2014. Participants are invited to submit short position papers describing initiatives undertaken to make public sector information available and the impact that these efforts have had. These should not be academic papers but descriptions of the discussion or presentation you would like to offer.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • uses of open data within government for innovation and efficiency proving the value of open data within the public sector;
  • improvement in public service delivery;
  • examples of open data utilisation for policy making purposes;
  • visionary ideas on open data utilisation within society and policy modelling;
  • new approaches for public sector information processing and visualisation;
  • open data and citizen participation in information gathering / crowdsourcing;
  • the open data feedback loop — communication between organizations that publish data and users of the data;
  • collaboration between different communities.

Submission should equal about 5 pages in volume and should be in a non-proprietary format (HTML, PDF, ePub etc.) via e-mail to group-share-psi@w3.org.

For more information please visit the official project web site.

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The Center for eGovernance is partner of the SharePSI 2.0 Network.

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