Author: Malgorzata Goraczek

Smart City Governance – Exploitation Workshop by JPI Urban Europe

The Department for E-Governance and Administration was represented by Malgorzata Goraczek, the coordinator of the “SmartGov” project on 2nd March 2017 in Brussels. The Exploitations Workshop with focus on Smart City Governance was organised by the funding agency JPI Urban Europe.

Following themes were discussed during the workshop:

“Theme 1: How to handle disruptive innovation and niche markets? Moderated by Amy Olsson – JPI Urban Europe

Which ‘conventional business models’ are supporting urban governance capacities? Do successful new business models counter existing business models’ in having negative externalities?

Theme 2: How to articulate city challenges and needs? Moderated by Ania Rok – ICLEI

The main question was how city related business models will look like: Is there a need for new business models for integrated, multi-sectoral solutions, rather than “simple” ICT applications? Cities and public administrations provide much of the demand. Also cities enable innovation with regulations and procurement.

Theme 3: Who is in and out of the ecosystem? Moderated by Jonas Bylund – JPI Urban Europe

New actors might be needed for new business models: Who are those actors? How to create an ecosystem? Do we need more intermediary kinds of actors? For instance, the changing role of citizens into prosumers challenges traditional, corporate business models. There is also an identified need for intermediaries that share features of both public and private actors.

Theme 4: What are the keys to unlocking the potentials? Moderated by Tomas Soukup – GISAT

A systemic approach for screening/evaluating successful business models in Europe is needed. A lot of knowledge is lost in translation between settings. Is this an opportunity for a brokering-translation kind of business model?”1

  1. Parts of the text have been taken from the distrubuted agenda during the meeting

CeDEM Asia 2016: Daegu Metropolitan City Meeting

During this year`s CeDEM Asia 2016 International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, a meeting between the Daegu Metropolitan City (Information Management Division), National Information Society Agency (Department of Government 3.0) and the Danube University Krems (Department for E-Governance) has taken place to exchange the knowledge and strategies in the field of E-Government and Open Government Data.

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Participants of the workshop: Daegu Metropolitan City: Mi Young Park, Yong Won Kim, Jae Yeoul Jeong; National Information Society Agency: Shin-Ae Shin; Danube University Krems: Peter Parycek, Michael Sachs, Malgorzata Goraczek.

The goal of the meeting was to get a better understanding about the objectives and current status of Daegu Metropolitan City, which can be summarized as following:

  • What are the main objectives of the e-government strategy of Korea?

The national Department for Government 3.0 wants to improve the services for citizens and reduce the costs for businesses through open data. New business opportunities shall be established through the use of open data by private companies. The core of the project is a further transition from information to data in a cloud solution. There shall be a transition from digital government to data driven government. Korea has its own data centres and a government owned cloud system for security reasons.  The city of Daegu is the first local government that has the cloud based information system. Cloud solutions for government are all domestic. Now, private companies shall be certified by the government to be able to host such clouds. The information that is handled on national level are in national data centers, and data exchange between the levels of government is possible.

  • How Daegu deals with electronic identification of citizens and businesses?

The government has its own verification system. National government agencies have their own certification. Having an integrated system is a target.

  • What is the most popular or most favourite e-government service?

Most important service for citizens is the public government website that contains all information. Each local government has its own government services.

  •  What is the current status of open government data in Korea?

Since the enactment in 2013 all government agencies have to open their data. Personal information and information related to national safety issues are protected, but all other data is made publicly available. There have been developed  popular open data applications:

  • Application for locations of nearby hospitals and medical services
  • Parents can talk about schools all over the country in an application
  • Applications with mobility data und location based information about Daegu
  • Preparation for an open data market
  • Data based solutions for health care, e.g. devices for cardiac issues

The meeting allowed a bright inside into the work of Daegu, national strategies and plans according to E-Governance and Open Governement Data.

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CeDEM Asia 2016: Day 2, „Motivation(s) behind Open Access Publishing” (Workshop)

Workshop „Motivation(s) behind Open Access Publishing”

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Workshop by Noella Edelmann & Judith Schossböck

The project outline presented in this workshop is to access the motivational factors in Open Access publishing.

Judith Schossböck presented the “green way” of publishing, which means to publish in repositories. The “golden way” means to publish in Open Access journals. She pointed out, that “the character of the electronic academic journal is changing rapidly as new technologies, reader habits, and patterns of communication evolve and the Internet is increasingly adopted as a common medium.”

The journal JeDEM – eJournal for eDemocracy and Open Government is publishing since 2009 and the editors want to evaluate the motivations of the authors to publish in an Open Access Journal. Publishing in JeDEM is free of charge.

Which research questions will be examined during their study on motivational factors in Open Access publishing?

  • Can we distinguish differences in motivation for publishing in open access across disciplines or countries?
  • What type of users are JeDEM users? How can users be classified according to their motivations? What are users’ opinions on different aspects of open access publishing, e.g. open peer review etc.?
  • How can these results help other e-publishers?

We are looking forward to their results!

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SmartGov – Advanced decision support for Smart Governance

Get to know the project “SmartGov – Advanced decision support for Smart Governance”!

What is the SmartGov project?

SmartGov – Advanced decision support for Smart Governance” is an interdisciplinary and international research project funded by JPI Urban Europe, a joint programming initiative, which aims to create attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas for European citizens and communities. The SmartGov project will last for 3 years and started on 1st April 2016 and will continue until end of March 2019.

What are the objectives of the SmartGov project?

The project goals focus on creating new governance methods and supporting ICT tools based on Fuzzy Cognitive Maps. Further to simulate the impact of policies for urban planning in Smart Cities and to support two-way communication with large stakeholder groups.

How these objectives will be achieved?

Research on literature of governance processes for urban planning forms the basis to create Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs). The design of the tool interfaces will allow to model and visualize complex problems in Smart Cities. The FCMs will be implemented,  using Linked Open Data & Social Media.

Why does it matters?

Innovate and create FCMs providing new methods, sustainable tools and guidelines which improve efficiency and are tailored to the needs of involved stakeholders. Strengthen participation through involving citizens and further stakeholders in the policy decision making process through visualization of decision scenarios in an easy and comprehensive way. Rise awareness and create knowledge about societal and economic needs regarding sustainable mobility and new energy efficiency policies.

Who we are?

The consortium is an inter- and trans-disciplinary project team: 3 universities, 3 IT service & software engineering companies; 2 pilot cities – which combine different disciplines and knowledge: Danube University Krems (Project Coordinator), Delft University of Technology, Cyprus Univeristy of Technology, Active Solution AG, Interfusion Services Limited, Kenus Informatica, City of Limassol and City of Quart de Poblet.

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Information Visualization for the People #cedem16

The focus of this track was to show which and how different datasets can be used to create information visualization and simulation of the political discourse.

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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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Information Vizualization for the people

Chair: Florian Windhager

      • Innovating Good Regulatory Practice Using Mixed-Initiative Social Media Analytics and Visualization (Victoria Lemieux)
      • Supporting Cognition in the Face of Political Data and Discourse: A Mental Models Perspective on Designing Information Visualization Systems (Günther Schreder, Florian Windhager, Michael Smuc and Eva Mayr)
      • Current Barriers to Open Government Data Use and Visualization by Political Intermediaries (Jérôme Brugger, Marianne Fraefel, Hansjakob Fehr, Daniel Schöneck, Christoph Stähli Weissbrod and Reinhard Riedl)

Innovating Good Regulatory Practice Using Mixed-Initiative Social Media Analytics and Visualization (Victoria Lemieux)

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This presentation discussed the availability of big data and its opportunities to use innovative analytics and technologies. It was shown how big data can be visualized in different government contexts. The focus was summarized on two challanges: regulatory impact assessment, as well as on information processing support on rulemaking. The application of a novel big data analytics framework – Mixed-Initiative Social Media Analytics (MISMA) – will address these two rulemaking challenges.
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Supporting Cognition in the Face of Political Data and Discourse: A Mental Models Perspective on Designing Information Visualization Systems (Günther Schreder, Florian Windhager, Michael Smuc and Eva Mayr)

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During the presentation of the paper examples for information visualizations were shown. How  users react to information and data – how they react and interact with it and make sense of abstract data through the use of visual interfaces, or so called mental models. These mental models are an emerging topic for research on the comprehension and designing process in information visualization. Different design features can accomplish this in the field of political communication and its complex data.

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Current Barriers to Open Government Data Use and Visualization by Political Intermediaries (Jérôme Brugger, Marianne Fraefel, Hansjakob Fehr, Daniel Schöneck, Christoph Stähli Weissbrod and Reinhard Riedl)

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The aim of the research was to rise the role and the importance of open governement data vizualisations – its promise, potential, ecosystems, political intermediaries, as well as barriers. Actions suggested to increase the use of data and visualisation include the offering and support not only for data but also it’s processing, statistical analysis and visualisation. It was pointed out that there is furhter research in standardisation for visualisation processes with the aim to provide intermediaries with professional visualization at lower prices is an important aspect.
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