Author: Peter Parycek

CfP: Smart Governance, Smart Government, Smart Cities & Smart Regions

The 15th IFIP Electronic Government and e-Participation Conference (IFIP EGOV—ePart) 2016 will be held from Sunday, September 5 to Wednesday, September 7, 2016 under the local auspices of the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) and the University of Minho in Guimarães, Portugal, and

Track Chairs:

  • Peter Parycek (lead), Danube University Krems (Austria)
  • Mila Gascó, Institute of Public Governance and Management, ESADE Business & Law School (Spain)
  • Olivier Glassey, Université de Lausanne (Switzerland)

The annual international IFIP EGOV conference is the top-2 ranked core conference in the domain of ICT in the public sector and the public sphere. As part of this conference, the Smart Governance, Smart Government, Smart Cities & Smart Regions Track focuses on the orchestrated interplay and balance of smart governance practices, smart public administration, smart resources and talent leverage in urban and regional spaces facilitated by novel uses of ICT and other technologies. Areas of focus and interest include, but are not limited, to the following topics:

  • Smart governance as the foundation to creating smart urban and regional spaces (elements, prerequisites, and principles of smart governance)
  • Smart government (focal areas, examples, current practices, cases, potential pitfalls) – Smart partnerships (triple/quadruple helix, public-private partnerships, citizen participation)
  • Smart cities and smart regions (cases, rankings and comparisons, critical success factors)
  • Collective intelligence for cities and regions
  • Smart grids and the Internet of Things (infrastructure, transportation, education, governance, environment, health care, safety, security, and energy)
  • Smart carbonless and clean individual and public mobility – Smart devices and their novel use in public management
  • Smart (technology-facilitated) practices such as payment systems, identification systems, etc. – New cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities in smart technologies
  • SMART as a public-sector planning and management principle (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Results-based, and Time-bound)

FORMATS Across its tracks, the dual IFIP EGOV/ePart 2016 conference hosts several distinct formats of contributions:

  • Completed research papers (max. 12 pages, published in the IFIP EGOV proceedings of Springer LNCS)
  • On-going research and innovative projects (max. 8 pages, published in alternate proceedings by IOS Press)

Beyond the tracks, the dual IFIP EGOV/ePart 2016 conference also hosts:

  • Posters (max. 2 pages) to be exposed along the welcome reception – Workshops and panels on pertinent issues
  • Short abstracts (2 pages)
  • PhD colloquium submissions (max. 8 pages) all to be included in the alternate proceedings published by IOS Press.

These formats encourage both scientific rigor and discussions of state of the art as well as innovative research approaches, work in progress, and studies of practical e-government or e-governance projects along with papers on system implementations.

Prior to the conference, a PhD student colloquium will be held providing doctoral students with an international forum guided by senior scholars for presenting their work, networking opportunities and cross-disciplinary inspiration. Read more about the submission guidelines and review criteria on the conference website:


  • March 15, 2016 – Submission of papers (hard deadline-no late submissions allowed)
  • April 15, 2016 – Submission of workshop/panel/poster/PhD colloquium contributions
  • April 30, 2016 – Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions for papers
  • May 15, 2016 – Notification of acceptance for workshops/panels/posters/PhD colloquium contributions
  • May 31, 2016 – Camera-ready papers of completed research on-going research, posters, workshop and panel descriptions



  • Hans Jochen Scholl, University of Washington, USA
  • Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Efthimios Tambouris, University of Macedonia, Greece
  • Maria A. Wimmer, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
  • Tomasz Janowski, United Nations University (EGOV), Portugal
  • Delfina Sá Soares, University of Minho, Portugal

CfP: CeDEM Asia 2014

CeDEM buttonThe International Conference on e-Democracy and Open Government Asia 2014 (CeDEM Asia 2014) aims to bring together researchers, policy-makers, industry professionals, and civil society activists to discuss the role of social and mobile media in the future of citizenship and governance, and to discuss ongoing research, best practices, and emerging topics that aim to shape the future of e-government, e-democracy and open government, in Asia and around the world.

CeDEM Asia 2014 will be held at the City University of Hong Kong on December 4-5, 2014. The submitted papers will be subjected to a double-blind peer-review and accepted papers will be published in the open access conference proceedings. CeDEM Asia is a spin-off event of the renowned international conference series on e-democracy and open government taking place annually since 2011 at the Centre for E-Governance at the Danube-University Krems, Austria.

Call for Papers

Following six successful conferences at the Danube University of Kremsand the inaugural CeDEM Asia 2012 in Singapore, we are looking to open a new forum in Hong Kong S.A.R. for exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration on the topics of e-democracy, internet freedom, open government, cyber-security, citizen participation, and other emerging topics. CeDEM Asia 2014 seeks to critically analyze present and future developments in the field, with a special focus on the following themes: Social media and citizen participation

  • Social media, citizen mobilization & engagement
  • Sustainability of e-participation
  • Social movements and citizen networks
  • Online campaigning and elections

E-government and open government

  • ICTs and their use for governmental transformation
  • Open data, transparency, participation and collaboration in government
  • Cultures of governance, access and openness, crowdsourcing for government
  • Roles of policy-makers, industry professionals, and civil society activists in facilitating open governance
  • Electronic identity
  • Cross-border interoperability of e-government artefacts – approaches and standards

Digital rights and Internet freedom

  • Internet governance
  • Internet freedom and censorship
  • Surveillance, privacy, and cyber-security
  • Digital divide and literacy

Future and emerging topics

  • Smart cities, citizen science and urban informatics
  • Internet of things and government transformation
  • Social media-enabled crisis and disaster management

Conference Chairs

  • Marko M. Skoric (City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R.)
  • Nojin Kwak (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Peter Parycek (Danube University Krems, Austria)


Smart City needs Smart ICT

Zum Auftakt des EU-geförderten Projektes NiCE
lud die Stadt Wien Vertreter aus europäischen Städten ein, um die Zukunft des Zusammenlebens zu besprechen. Das Zentrum für E-Governance stellte dazu die Pläne zu SmartIKT vor, ein Projekt, dass gemeinsam mit der Stadt Wien durchgeführt wird und der Wertbeitrag der IKT zur Erreichung der smarten City darstellt.

Der Abschluss des Projekttages fand passend am Entwicklungsgebiet “Seestadt Aspern” statt.

Workshop on Open Gov Data Standardisation @Informatik2013

Promoting (meta)-data standards: the European Commission ISA Programme perspective

Vassilios Peristeras, European Commission, Programme Manager

The European Commission promotes interoperability with the Interoperability Solution for European Public Administration (ISA) programme. Within the context of this programme there are activities dedicated to semantic interoperability and metadata standardization. This includes work in the area of the Asset Description Metadata Schema, the Core Vocabularies and the DCAT Application Profile. Work currently done in this area will be presented as well as cases of practical implementation of semantic technologies by the public sector in Europe.