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Big Data for Public Policy – The State of Play (Webinar 14.05.2019)

Inside the BDVe webinar series, the 2nd BPC webinar will take place on the 14th of May at 12:00 CEST. This time, Francesco Mureddu, from The Lisbon Council, will present a series of research challenges for the use of big data in policy making.

Besides, we will count with the participation of Anne Fleur van Veenstra, senior research scientist of ICT Policy at TNO’s Strategy & Policy department, who will present how data-driven policy making can be used in the context of a Policy Lab, an experimental environment in which stakeholders collaborate to develop and test policy.

But only registered participants will have access to the webinar – so take your chance and register today!

About Big Policy Canvas

The Big Policy Canvas (BPC) – Transforming policy making through Big Data and Open Innovation consortium is a European Union funded project that seeks to provide guidance to the public sector organisations and related stakeholders to accelerate the transformation of the public sector through the identification and assessment of public sector needs and trends and an analysis and grouping of emerging methods, tools, technologies and applications, particularly examined from a big data oriented perspective, that hold the potential to disrupt the way the public sector nowadays operates The two-years consortium is made up of a leading European university, a think tank, a consulting firm and a research center. Its website is www.bigpolicycanvas.eu.

Fotocredits: Walter Skokanitsch

JeDEM Update: Scopus, Cross-Ref and DOIs – and what it all means

jedem logoJeDEM 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?

  1. JeDEM was accepted for inclusion in Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature
  2. We will also be available as Crossref citation data (on behalf of the Initiative for OpenCitations)
  3. Articles on JeDEM are now identifiable via DOIs (Digital Object Identifyer System)

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WE ARE HIRING – Full-time Researcher

Our team wants you!uncle_sam_28pointing_finger29

You think that public administration could do better? You see technological potential as being grossly grossly  neglected? You have big ideas of how technology can contribute to deliver improved services for the benefit of all, to make countries greener, cities smarter, and people happier?

We are interested!

You have a technical background, with experience in programming and databases? You are not afraid of UML, metadata and data modelling? You always wanted to get deep into linked (open) data and semantics? You find requirements engineering to be a piece of cake?

We should definitely talk!

The Department for E-Governance and Administration at Danube University Krems / Austria (EU) is looking for an enthusiastic new colleague to improve public governance through the widespread application of technology.

We are the leading Austrian research institution for public governance, with long-lasting collaborations within the international research community, industry, as well as within public administration; including the Austrian Chancellery, the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the City of Vienna, or the Austrian Federal Computing Centre. The Department for E-Governance and Administration also hosts, together with the Federal Ministry for the Civil Service and Sport, the GovLabAustria, an innovation lab for the public sector.

You bring:

  • Graduate in Computer Science, (business) informatics or any other study with a clear and demonstrable focus on ICT
  • Master’s level or higher degree (or equivalent qualification)
  • A deep interest to perform research on the intersection between public administration, science, industry, and society
  • A deep understanding of data driven-approaches, process design, and digital transformation
  • The ability to identify problems on your own and provide solutions to them
  • You enjoy working with collaborative technologies, also remotely
  • Teamwork and constant exchange come naturally to you
  • Excellent English, written and spoken

Would be nice:

  • You possess experience working in a scientific environment
  • You have been part of an international research project already
  • First-hand experience in scientific publishing and writing research grant proposals

You will get:

  • Regular, project-based employee contract, starting 15.04.2019, limited to 30.9.2020 but with the clear intention for extension.
  • 2.738,91 EUR gross per month with 38.5h/week (W3/1 according to the Work and Remuneration Regulations – DBO of Danube University Krems) – we are willing to pay a higher salary according to qualifications and training.
  • Social amenities on the Campus Krems with a highly international and welcoming atmosphere.  
  • Excellent business contacts to high-ranked public sector officials as well as international research networks.
  • A beautiful work place within the UNESCO world heritage region of the Wachau.

Scope of project “ManyLaws”, in which you will work:

The project aims to deliver a set of novel services for citizens, businesses, and administrations of the European Union, built upon text mining, advanced processing and semantic analysis of legal information. To achieve this, ManyLaws will access big legal data currently produced and published in multiple national or EU public data sources (e.g., EUR-Lex, NOMOS), link it and transform it to structured open datasets. By combining data coming from a multiplicity of sources, ManyLaws aims to achieve seamless and inclusive access to legal information across EU and improve the efficacy of decision-making in legislative procedures operated by public bodies. Furthermore, the activity will cater for making available the total of semantically annotated input data, intermediate data sets, and output results through the European Data Portal.

For further information, please contact Ass.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Lampoltshammer via mail: thomas.lampoltshammer@donau-uni.ac.at

The team of the Department for E-Governance and Administration is looking forward to meeting you!

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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