I participated in the colloquium of CeDEM 18 (now: EGOV-CeDEM-ePart), and wanted to briefly note down some impressions.
Small conferences FTW 🙂
It seems like EGOV-CeDEM-ePart has now become a small community of people interested in researching “e-topics” – attended by researchers and practitioneers. It is often hard to get beyond your own thematic track at bigger international conferences – at EGOV-CeDEM-ePart I always find this easy, but can still connect to scholars and experts from all around the globe. This year there were also 4 (!) social events, which were attended by many participants, particularly the boat conference dinner (which was often discussed, but still a first time experience).
From thoughts to reality
In general, it seems like when researching e-society, e-democracy and e-governance related domain,s we have entered a phase where we are not looking at the dangers and hurdles of potential innovations or developments anymore: we look at them from the perspective of their implementation. In other words: Ideas discussed at some previous conferences have turned into practise. I particularly liked the workshops where the “how” of such new realities was discussed, for instance the one about the Open Data Market Austria. (more…)
From 21-23 July 2018 the workshop Technology Revolution and Public Administration took place in Guagzhou, China. This workshop was sponsored by a grant from the Eurasia-Pacific Uninet (EPU). Researchers from the Centre for E-Governance at Danube University Krems and the Department of Media and Communication at City University Hong Kong took part. It was hosted by the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou.
Participants of the EPU Meeting in the afternoon
The first session addressed aspects of governmental innovation, e-governance and digital and mobile governance. A particular emphasis was on governmental hotlines and artificial intelligence as well as accessibility of hotlines, f.i. through the usage of languages (50 different languages can be selected in New York, for instance). Examples from New York also included open data contests (Big Apps 3.0) and open data principles. It is interesting that Big Data was called a “tiger flying” – hinting at the different techno-positive metaphors of datafication that seem to be found for this phenomenon around the world. The governmental hotline in Guangzhou is called 12345 and a few presentations were held around this topic.
The second session of the workshop addressed aspects of political participation, civic engagement and social media in a global and Asian context. The following presentations were held: (more…)
Following eleven successful conferences in Austria and three inspiring conferences in Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea, we are looking forward to continuing the forum in Asia for exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration. We are very pleased to announce the following keynote speakers and would like to highlight their talks.
Shanto Iyengar (Stanford University):
Intense Partisanship: Implications for Electoral Accountability
Francis Lee, Chinese University of Hong Kong:
Creating Polarization as a Political Strategy in an Authoritarian Context
Mario Voigt, Quadriga University of Applied Sciences Berlin:
Winning at all Cost: The Future of Democratic Elections
This article was first published in the Europe of Knowledge Blog and is based on a master thesis about Altmetrics at Danube University Krems and the University of Tampere. Are communties of attention a fruitful direction in open science? They are certainly discussed and seem to be on the rise in policy papers.
Altmetrics (alternative metrics)
Altmetrics are gaining momentum in higher education (Holmberg, 2016). This post is based on my master’s thesis (Fraumann, 2017) that explores the usage of altmetrics with a focus on research funding. Altmetrics track down and count the mentions of scholarly outputs in social media, news sites, policy papers, and social bookmarking sites. Then altmetrics data providers aggregate the number of mentions. This allows an observation of how many times research has been viewed, discussed, followed, shared, and downloaded.
Collaborative Governance for Smart Sustainable Cities
- Gabriela Viale Pereira, Department for E-Governance and Administration, Danube University Krems, Austria
- Tomasz Janowski, Department for E-Governance and Administration, Danube University Krems, Austria and Department for Applied Informatics in Management, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland
- Elsa Estevez, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Universidad Nacional del Sur and Institute of Computer Science and Engineering (UNS–CONICET), Bahía Blanca, Argentina
With cities around the world facing unprecedented sustainability challenges including “growing numbers of slum dwellers, increased air pollution, inadequate basic services and infrastructure, and unplanned urban sprawl” (United Nations, 2017), UN-Habitat (2016) recently called for a new generation of national urban policies that reach “beyond the traditional boundaries of the city and fosters stronger horizontal and vertical linkages, and creative partnerships in order to tackle complex urban problems in a coordinated way”. By May 2017, 149 countries responded to this call by developing their own national urban policies (United Nations, 2017). (more…)