This summer issue is a combination of a very special selection of papers from the IFIP EGOV-CeDEM- ePart conference held in September 2019 in San Benedetto del Tronto (Italy) and the ongoing papers submitted during the first months of 2020 that made it over the hurdle of our 50% acceptance rate.
Enjoy reading the papers in this issue, and find out about some of the major and minor changes we have made to the journal since our last issue in the editorial! We now also publish a full issue gally (link leads to PDF download) of all articles!
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Do you also think that reviewing should deserve more credit? Then we’ve got news for you!
Our OA Journal for E-Democracy and Open Government (JeDEM) started to use ReviewerCredits. This is a great tool that received worldwide attention to acknowledge reviewing efforts of researchers, and they also offer free training to reviewers.
ReviewerCredits is an independent platform supporting the peer-review process by validating and certifying activities and providing tangible rewards to reviewers.
We very much recommend to check out their video about how it all works. (more…)
JeDEM has been continuously keeping its course with publishing high quality papers while being free of charge for authors (no processing charges or APCs for submisson and publication are applied). But the Open Access journal also continues to strive for excellence in today’s highly competitive publishing landscape, where visibility of articles and indexing are big criteria for authors when they are choosing a journal.
Thus, we are pleased to inform you of some important updates for JeDEM!
What is new?
- JeDEM was accepted for inclusion in Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature
- We will also be available as Crossref citation data (on behalf of the Initiative for OpenCitations)
- Articles on JeDEM are now identifiable via DOIs (Digital Object Identifyer System)
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…)