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Call for Visiting Fellowships at the Department for E-Governance and Administration

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Visiting Fellows at the Department for E-Governance and Administration

The Department of E-Governance and Administration includes the Center for E-Governance and the Center for Infrastructural Security, and focuses on the impact of digital and social change on strategy, security, organization, processes as well as the changes in public administration, business, politics and society.

The Center for E-Governance is based on an established research network in the areas of e-government and e-democracy, leads international conferences and all researchers are active members in several scientific communities. The Center for Infrastructural Security plays a pioneering role in research for sustainable security management and has positioned itself in the German-speaking world as a center of excellence in security. The Department cooperates with several stakeholders from the public sector, for example, the Federal Ministry for Public Service and Sports (BMÖDS), Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW) or the Center for Secure Information Technology – Austria (A-SIT).

The head of the Department, Professor Peter Parycek, is currently board member of NEGZ (National E-Government Center), head of the Competence Center Public IT (ÖFIT) at the Fraunhofer Fokus (Berlin) and Member of the Digitization Council of the German Federal Government. Research projects focus on the public and private sectors as well as industrial partners at national, European and international level.  The Department is characterized by its international and multidisciplinary team, the provision of state-of-the-art training and research, extensive networks and cooperations with other research institutes, universities, the public sector as well as private organisations.

Team Department for E-Governance and Administration

The research projects located in the Department include the public and private sectors as well as industrial partners at national, European and international level. This internationality is highly relevant for the development of underlying concepts of public administration as well as cross-country comparisons of strategy development and implementation. Examples of current projects are the EU-funded projects Strengthening Governance Capacity for Smart Sustainable Cities, Scientific foundations training and entrepreneurship activities in the domain of ICT-enabled Governance, or ManyLaws – EU-wide Legal Text Mining using Big Data Processing Infrastructures, as well as Austrian projects such as Digitalisation in Lower Austria or Das Digitale Amt.

Call for Visiting Fellows

We invite Fellows at all levels (Master’s or PhD students, post-docs, assistant/ junior/ senior professors) from universities, or experts from the public or private sector to join the Department for shorter or longer fellowship stays. The visiting fellow will work with the permanent faculty and the work objectives and work programme will be defined on an individual basis, depending on the eligibility criteria, type and extent of their involvement and duration of the stay. Possible fellowships at the Department for E-Governance and Administration are:

  • Visiting Professor
  • Visiting Researcher
  • Visiting Research Assistant (Student Internship)

Visiting Professor (Minimum eligibility: Established Professor from an acknowledged institution):

  • Teaching, conducting research and writing/contributing publications for the department;
  • Contributing to the department’s teaching programme, presenting guest lectures, webinars or faculty seminars in the professor’s area of interest;
  • Contributing to ongoing research or providing guidance with new project proposals;
  • Mentoring faculty and students;
  • Consulting functions or providing expert commentary for the department and faculty;
  • Assessing students (supervising master thesis, exams, defenses);

Visiting Researcher Tasks (Minimum eligibility: Completed PhD or high-level work experience from industry, public administration or acknowledged research centers.

  • Conducting post-doctoral research as an independent investigator or under the supervision of a principal investigator;
  • Teaching for the Department;
  • Writing and publishing original research in peer-reviewed journals in their fields;

Visiting Research Assistant Tasks (Minimum eligibility: Must be enrolled in a Bachelor’s study programme)

  • Assists the department’s faculty in ongoing research projects and teaching programmes;
  • This can also be a student internship;

Application and Funding

In order to be invited to a standardized selection procedure scholars and experts are to submit their:

  • Letter of motivation (max. 3 pages);
  • Research or project proposal aligned with the Department’s activities and strategy (max. 5 pages);
  • Letter of recommendation;
  • CV;
  • List of publications;

Deadline for submissions: All the completed documents needed for the application procedure must be made by the 1 January/April/July/October of each year for the next possible fellowship period.

Duration: The duration will be agreed upon. Stays can be of shorter duration (e.g. 1-6 months) but longer collaborations are possible too. The duration of the fellowship will determine the type of work and the contract.

Employment Status: The legal basis for the fellow’s employment will be determined during the application process.

Funding

We provide different options for funding visiting Fellows at the Danube University Krems:

  1. Erasmus mobility/Erasmus agreement with the Danube University Krems:https://www.donau-uni.ac.at/en/research/research-service/mobility.html
  1. External funding supported by OEAD: https://grants.at/en/

Details & Contact

Visiting Fellows at the Department for E-Governance and Administration

Dr. Noella Edelmann

noella.edelmann@donau-uni.ac.at

Tel. +43 (0)2732 893 2303

 

 

 

 

 

Open Call for Submissions to JeDEM

The Open Access eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM) provides a platform for all those interested in discussing issues and challenges that governments, public administrations and societies face today. JeDEM is free of charge (fair Open Access), offers a quick publishing process, and comprehensive indexing for articles (see below).

We look forward to submissions that draw from different methods and theoretical lenses, including critical studies.The journal editors encourage transdisciplinarity, unconventional ideas and multiple perspectives, and aim to connect leading thinkers and young scholars in inspiring reflections. JeDEM is an innovative journal that welcomes submissions from all disciplines and approaches.

Submissions can be made to the following topics, but are not limited to:

  •     Policy and Legislation
  •     Political Science
  •     Business Information Technology
  •     Business and Economy
  •     Cyberpsychology
  •     Usability
  •     eDemocracy
  •     eSociety
  •     eGovernment
  •     eParticipation
  •     eVoting

The journal promotes contributions within an emerging science of the information age following the highest standards of peer review.

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Erasmus+ Strengthening Governance Capacity for Smart Sustainable Cities – CAP4CITY: Kick-off in La Plata, Argentina

The Kick-off meeting of the Erasmus+ Strengthening Governance Capacity for Smart Sustainable Cities – CAP4CITY – project took place on 12th and 13th of February in La Plata, Argentina. Coordinated by Danube University Krems (Austria), the consortium counts with 12 partners from 4 countries in Europe (Austria, Estonia, Poland and the Netherlands) and 4 countries in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia) for developing curriculum on smart sustainable cities and creating a cooperation framework between universities and local actors. The project started in 15/11/2019 and has the duration of three years.

More information can be found here: Erasmus+ Strengthening Governance Capacity for Smart Sustainable Cities (CAP4CITY)

EGOV-CeDEM-EPart 2019

2-4 September 2019, San Benedetto Del Tronto, Italy

Call for Papers

 

The EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2019 represents the merge of the IFIP WG 8.5 Electronic Government (EGOV), the IFIP WG 8.5 IFIP Electronic Participation (ePart) and the Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government Conference (CeDEM). The conference is held annually, and will be hosted 2-4 September 2019 in San Benedetto del Tronto by the University of Camerino, Italy.

The conference focuses on e-Government, Open Government, eParticipation and e-Democracy, and related topics like social media, digital transformation in society, artificial intelligence, policy information, smart cities, and social innovation. Several types of submissions are possible including completed research, ongoing research, reflections & viewpoints, posters, and workshops. The conference organises a PhD Colloquium and offers a limited number of PhD bursaries. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches to the conference topics and a variety of research approaches (conceptual, case study, survey, mixed or other suitable methods).

The conference is organized by the IFIP 8.5 Working group in collaboration with the Digital Government Society (DGS). The aim of WG 8.5 is to improve the quality of e-government information systems at international, national, regional and local levels. The Working Group’s special emphasis lays on interdisciplinary approaches towards information systems in public administration. DGS is a global, multi-disciplinary organization of scholars and practitioners interested in the development and impacts of digital government.

Important Dates

  • (Hard) deadline for submissions: 17 March 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2019
  • Poster submission deadline (non-anonymous-camera ready) 15 May 2019
  • Poster acceptance 1 June 2019
  • Camera-ready paper submission and author registration: 1 June 2019
  • Conference: 2-4 September 2019
  • PhD Colloquium: 1 September 2019

Details and Contact

Tracks at EGOV-CeDEM-EPART 2019

General E-Government & Open Government Track: all e-government-related topics except for the special-topics tracks. This track also covers emerging and special topics in e-government research

  • Ida Lindgren (lead), Linköping University, Sweden
  • Hans Jochen Scholl, University of Washington, USA
  • Gabriela Viale Pereira, Danube University Krems, Austria

General E-Democracy & eParticipation Track: all eParticipation-related topics except for the special-topic tracks. This track aims to present the best of recent developments in electronic participation and electronic democracy as they cover a wide range of technical, political and social areas

  • Panos Panagiotopoulos (lead), Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Robert Krimmer, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Peter Parycek, Fraunhofer Fokus, Germany / Danube-University Krems, Austria

Smart Cities (Government, Communities & Regions) Track: all aspects of smart cities and smart governance, including frameworks, policies, and the use of technology

  • Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar (lead), University of Granada, Spain
  • Karin Axelsson, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Nuno Lopes, DTx: Digital Transformation Colab, Portugal

AI, Data Analytics, & Automated Decision Making Track: adoption, use, and impacts of various data analytics and AI methods ranging from visualisations and descriptive statistical analyses to machine learning and other AI methods in the public sector.

  • Habin Lee (lead), Brunel University London, UK
  • Euripidis Loukis, University of Aegean, Greece
  • Tomasz Janowski, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland/Danube University Krems, Austria

Social Media Track: Digital networking and knowledge sharing applications, interfaces between governments and their respective publics, digital collaborations within public organizations and across governance networks.

  • Noella Edelmann (lead), Danube University Krems, Austria
  • Sarah Hoffmann, University Bremen, Germany
  • Marius Rohde Johannessen, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway

Social Innovation Track: focuses on the intersection between research, practice, and policy related to social innovation.

  • Gianluca Misuraca (lead), European Commission, Spain
  • Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Csaba Csaki, Corvinus Business School, Hungary

Open Data: Social and Technical Aspects Track: focuses on open government data, public big data sharing and use, data for improving public value and transparency as well as data analytics capitalizing on Linked Open Data and other Technologies.

  • Efthimios Tambouris (lead), University of Macedonia, Greece
  • Anneke Zuiderwijk, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Ramon Gil-Garcia, University at Albany, USA

Digital Society: focuses on the relationship between all kinds of stakeholders adopting and integrating all kinds of technologies at home, education and recreation.

  • Thomas Lampoltshammer (lead), Danube University Krems, Austria
  • David Osimo, The Lisbon Council, Spain
  • Martijn Hartog, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Practitioners’ Track: practitioners are encouraged to provide long abstracts of forthcoming papers, summaries of workshop proceedings, descriptions of project outputs, work experiences, inspiring case studies and best practice examples

  • Peter Reichstädter (lead), Austrian Parliament, Austria
  • Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen, United Nations University, Portugal
  • Francesco Mureddu, The Lisbon Council, Belgium
  • Francesco Molinari, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

PhD Colloquium: The overall aim of the PhD colloquium is to connect PhD students to the e-government research community. During the colloquium, you will meet other PhD students, younger researchers that have just finished their PhDs, and more experienced scholars. Submitted proposals will not be submitted.

  • Gabriela Viale Pereira (lead), Danube University Krems, Austria
  • Ramon Gil-Garcia, University at Albany, USA
  • Ida Lindgren, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Anneke Zuiderwijk-van Eijk, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Evangelos Kalampokis, University of Macedonia, Greece

Important Dates

  • (Hard) deadline for submissions: 17 March 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2019
  • Poster submission deadline (non-anonymous-camera ready) 15 May 2019
  • Poster acceptance 1 June 2019
  • Camera-ready paper submission and author registration: 1 June 2019
  • Conference: 2-4 September 2019
  • PhD Colloquium: 1 September 2019

Conference Chairs

  • Olivier Glassey, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Ida Lindgren, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Panos Panagiotopoulos, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Peter Parycek, Fraunhofer Fokus, Germany/Danube-University Krems, Austria
  • Andrea Polini, University of Camerino, Italy
  • Barbara Re, University of Camerino, Italy
  • Hans Jochen Scholl, University of Washington, USA
  • Efthimios Tambouris, University of Macedonia, Greece
  • Shefali Virkar, Danube University Krems, Austria

Local Host Chair

  • Flavio Corradini, University of Camerino, Italy

Types of Publications

By making a submission to the EGOV-CeDEM-ePart2019 conference you agree that your paper will not be submitted elsewhere and if accepted that the conference fee will be paid and the consent to publish will be signed. All papers will undergo a rigorous double-blind reviewing process and the submission should not include author identifiers.

Please note that all accepted submissions to the EGOV-CeDEM-ePart2019 conference will be screened for possible plagiarism. To support this policy, conference organizers will make use of the plagiarism detection tool, Turnitin. Further information about this software can be found at www.turnitin.com/

Accepted full research papers (max. 12 pages) will be published in the Springer LNCS IFIP EGOV or IFIP EPART proceedings. The EGOV proceedings covers the general E-Government & Open Government Track, Smart Cities Track, AI data Analytics, & Automated Decision Making Track, and Open Data Social and Technical Aspects Track, whereas the EPART proceedings will cover the general E-Democracy & eParticipation track, Social Media track, Social Innovation Track, and Digital Society track.

Papers in the categories of Ongoing Research (max. 8 pages), Reflections and Viewpoints (max. 6 pages), Practitioner Papers (max. 6 pages), projects (max. 8 pages), workshops (max. 2 pages), panel proposals (max. 2 pages), and posters (max. 2 pages) can be published (but do not need to be) in a special conference issue of the eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM). Please note that PhD colloquium papers will not be published.

The eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM) is published online under open access and provides researchers and practitioners the opportunity to advance the practice and understanding of eDemocracy, eGovernment, and eParticipation. Final decisions on papers will be made by the special issue guest editor based on the results of the peer review process. The EGOV-CeDEM-ePart special issue will be published to coincide with the opening of the conference.

JeDEM Conference Special Issue Guest Editor

Shefali Virkar, Danube University Krems, Austria

Best Paper Awards committee

  • Gabriela Viale Pereira (lead), Danube University Krems, Austria
  • Marius Rohde Johannessen, University College Southeast Norway
  • Evangelos Kalampokis, University of Macedonia, Greece

Conference venue

The conference will be held at the premises of University of Camerino in San Benedetto Del Tronto. The city is located at the Adriatic coast and there are many hotels on walking distance.

Summary of EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018

EGOV-CeDEM-ePart 2018

 

 

Summary EaP eDemocracy Conference 23 October 2018 “Politics in the Digital Age”

Summary of the EaP eDemocracy Conference “Politics in the Digital Age”

23 October 2018, Danube University Krems, Austria

 

The Danube University Krems, Department for E-Governance, and the Tallinn University of Technology, Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, hosted the EU’s Eastern Partnership eDemocracy Conference on ‘Politics in the Digital Age’ under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference provided an opportunity for experts from academia, governments and civil society from the EU’s member states and in particular the EU’s Eastern partner countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine – the opportunity to discuss the the topics of participation, inclusion, and transparency in eDemocracy. The conference was coordinated by Noella Edelmann, Department for Governance and Public Administration.

Conference participants were welcomed by Noella Edelmann, Scientific Coordinator of the Conference. The conference was openend by Gerald Steiner, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Globalization, Thomas Buchsbaum, Special Envoy on Eastern Partnership & Representative of the Austrian EU Presidency, Jacopo Leone, OSCE/ODIHR  and Robert Krimmer, TalTech, Tallinn University of Technology.

Political Communication in the Digital Sphere, Digital Transparency for Accountability &

Stakeholder Involvement in the Political Sphere

The keynotes considered the ways digital technology, digital culture transform societies and their governments, and lead to better services, increased transparency and accountability. In his keynote Rasto Kuzel from MEMO98 (Slovakia) consideres the role of mass media in political communication, how it has  changed in recent years and what implications these changes have on democratic institutions. Here he spoke about the issue of media manipulation, populism on platforms, campaigning, fake news and Trumps use of social media. He points out the particular role of social media in political elections, by drawing on his extensive practical experiences gained from the observation of election observation and international organisations. Social media changes political communciation provides access to information and news and is important for the integrity of the election procees, by reporting and providing a platform. It allows candidates to communicate and reach the audience, monitor and report results. And whilst 2.2 billion people who Facebook, user behaviour and expectations varies, for example to according to age . He shows the advantages, points out the lessons learned so far as well as the dangers that have to be kept in mind.

What are the benefits of digital tools? Alexander Trechsel (University of Lucerne) considers how transparency impacts the accountability of elected governments and the public administration serves as a fundamental principle of democratic societies. He draws on the CoE principles of good governance, especially on its principle 4 transparency and accountability.  Citizens are to have access to all government infomration that is not classified as secret,and freedom of information is seen as paramount for transparency and to enable participation. But this has opened a Pandora’s box. Administrations are to be smoother, more efficient, more transparent or simply “better”, and citizens can access more public data than ever before. In his keynote, Alexander considers some of these issues and concerns such as data storage, GDPR which are not just about regulation, but about politics and power.

Involvement and engagement are complex and Elke Löffler, Unviersity of Birmingham, looks at co-production in communities as supporting meaningful public participation in political decision-making. What are the practical implications for the design of legitimate and effective involvement? Who are the different stakeholders, what roles do they have in the processes and how can they be encouraged to participate? She considers co-production a “fetish” term in engage, it is to help efficiently use resources, bring people in to civil society and public services and thus achieve  social inclusion. Co-producing with the conference participants and drawing several example to show that one the one hand there are several objectives to be achieved, but at the same time there are several barriers to co-production. Nonetheless her research reveals that there are several initiatives, that more is happening than is assumed, and, most critically, that a lack of evaluation leads to a misunderstanding as to what can be done and what can be achieved.

Keynotes

Rasto Kuzel, MEMO98 (Slovakia)

Video: Rasto Kuzel’s Keynote

Video: 5 Questions to Rasto Kuzel

Alexander Trechsel’s (University of Lucerne)

Video: Alexander Trechsel’s Keynote

Video: 5 Questions to Alexander Trechsel

Elke Löffler (University of Birmingham)

Vídeo: Elke Löffler’s Keynote

5 Questions to Elke Löffler


Fotos (All photos Copyright Wolfgang Simlinger)

(c) Dieter Zirnig


Further photos (copyright Wolfgang Simlinger) can be accessed here: http://img.gg/NZ89D0T

Related Reports and Information

Contact

If you need further information, please contact noella.edelmann@donau-uni.ac.at

Conference Organizers

  • Department for E-Governance, Danube University Krems
  • Ragnar Nurkse Department of Innovation and Governance, TalTech, Tallinn University of Technology

Conference Partners

  • OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)
  • Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP)

Conference Committee

  • Jaan Reinhold (Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership, Tallinn)
  • Bernhard Knoll (CEU Democratisation, Budapest)
  • Marcin Walecki (ODIHR Warsaw)

This event is co-organised by:

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