Autor: jhoechtlduk

Research fellow of Danube University Krems, Lower Austria, Centre for eGovernment


Evaluation in the policy cycle? It’s all about speed.

The 2016 European Data Forum EDF16 took place in lovely Eindhoven at the Evoluon. Much shaped like a flying saucer, this spectacular venue for two days gave home to Europe’s elite on data related topics. This years event was all focused on big data and data science. The importance of Big Data was stressed by TU Eindhoven president Jan Mengelers, CEO Eindhoven University of Technology. According to him, 50% of innovation in the future  will have to be attributed to data ecosystems. That’s an enormous amount of change.

We gave a presentation on the effects of Big Data Analytics on policy making in the 21st. century.

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Wir sind ADV – oder unsere Sicht auf die E-Government Konferenz 2016

Das verregnete Innsbruck war der Austragungsort der E-Government Konferenz 2016 veranstaltet von der ADV – und wir waren mit dabei. In der Villa Blanka haben Johann Höchtl und Michael Sachs über zwei spannende Projekte berichtet und am Ende der Veranstaltung haben wir bei der Moderation des World-Cafés unterstützt.

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FIWARE – Auf dem Weg zur Europäischen Verwaltungscloud?

FIWARE ist ein 400 Millionen Euro schweres EU gefördertes Projekt mit der Zielsetzung, eine Cloud-Architektur für Europa zu generieren. Obwohl das Projekt bereits seit 2014 aktiv und operational ist, ist es in der Österreichischen Verwaltungslandschaft und unter Start Ups weitgehend unbekannt. Wir haben uns FIWARE näher angesehen.

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CeDEM16 PhD Colloquium

This years‘ CeDEM16 again hosted a PhD colloquium. Chaired by Anneke Zuiderwijk and with Johann Höchtl, Muneo Kaigo, Jochen Scholl, and Mila Gascó on the expert panel, the following submissions were discussed:

Rido Panjaitan: The Use of Online Spaces by Government for Enhancing Citizen  Participation: Indonesia as a Case Study

Abdul Rohman: Making the World Small: A Closed FB Group and Peace Activists in Indonesia

Maria Haberer: The Crisis of Representative Democracy: Transformation of Institutional Politics through Net-Parties and Their Use of ICTs

Rachel Khan: Tracking Typhoon Haiyan: Open Government Data in Disaster Response and Recovery


Gerald Wolf: Political Participation in Times of Bologna and Social Web – A Grounded Theory from a Students’ Point of View

Ann O’Brien: Public Value in eParticipation: The Mediating Role of Sense of Community


Yvonne Bräutigam: Reporting Science in the Digital World – Are Codes of Conducts Missing Something?


Larissa Galdino de Magalhães: Government Initiatives of E-Participation of Governments: Scenario Analysis of the Bodies and Mechanisms for Social Participation in Virtual Environments.

See the commented video of her presentation

and the research statement.


Panel Discussion on “Co-Creation” #CeDEM16

CeDEM – the international Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government – brings together e-democracy, e-participation and open government specialists working in academia, politics, government and business to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age. The CeDEM16 will be held from May 18th to May 20th 2016 at the Danube University Krems.

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Panel Discussion on “Co-Creation” (co-operation and participation in political and administrative processes)

Panel experts

Ursula Rosenbichler: Our department is currently dealing with the largest change processes, affecting 140.000 civil servants. We would like to address those changes with Wirkungsorientierter Verwaltungsführung (a concept tightly related to evidence based policy making).  We think this is the way out to address the major challenges such as the complexity in policy fields, the dilemma of economic growth vs. environment pollution or the aging society. The administration is repeatedly asking itself:

  1. How will we be able to provide services at the same quality level in the future?
  2. How can we tap innovation circles in the area of tension between flexibility vs. stability?
  3. How can the administration meet the growing expectations of citizens to cooperate and co-create?

The administration is expected to meet these challenges without additional financial resources. We will not remain successful if we give answers from the past. A promising solution to these challenges are innovation labs. Therefore we created Govlab Austria, an entity founded between the Austrian Chancellery and Danube University Krems. The aim was to create a free sphere between academia, society, and economy to develop sustainable solutions. Crucial factors will be:

  1. Overcome boundaries set by rules and regulations;
  2. Create experiments without the fear to be showcased when something fails;
  3. Do things in a different way.

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