JeDEM Issue Vol. 8 No. 1 (2016) out now!

Welcojedem logome to a summer issue that presents the most recent “ongoing submissions” to the Journal of E-Democracy and Open Government. The authors have not submitted to a particular call for papers, but have responded to the journal’s open invitation to submit a paper to JeDEM’s main topics. The papers in this issue analyse current strengths and weaknesses in Open Data, Public Sector Information (PSI) and E-Government, present results, suggest methodologies as well as ideas for yet more research and work in these areas.

Read the whole issue of JeDEM free of charge here: Vol 8, No 1 (2016)

Research Papers and Project Descriptions in this issue:

  • Open Government Data and the Role of Data Infomediaries
  • Sustainable Business Models for Public Sector Open Data Providers
  • E-Government Development and Cluster Analysis
  • The Delay of Implementation of the European Union Public Sector Information Directive in Sweden
  • Success Factors of E-Government Policy Implementation in Pakistan



Die Explosion des Wissens. Von der Encyclopédie bis Wikipedia – Peter Burke #books


Peter Burkes
Peter_BurkeNur ein Medienhistoriker vom Format Peter Burkes versteht es, den grundlegenden Umbruch unserer Wissens- und Informationsgesellschaft im Ganzen zu überblicken und im Detail zu erklären. Seine umfassende Wissensgeschichte ist singulär auf dem Buchmarkt – und höchst aktuell.
Quelle: Verlag Klaus Wagenbach
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Theorizing Society A. S. Krossa ©Palgrave Macmillan

Review: Theorizing Society in a Global Context – A.S. Krossa

Theorizing Society A. S. Krossa ©Palgrave Macmillan

Theorizing Society A. S. Krossa ©Palgrave Macmillan

Anne Sophie Krossa’s book on the evolution of globalization and societal developments is a welcome contribution to the ongoing debate on what actually constitutes society in a (supposedly) ever-globalizing world. In this text, Krossa challenges us to rethink the relationship between society and community and the dynamics of heterogeneity and homogeneity that are driven by it.

Offering a concise reading of the works of Tönnies, Simmel, Coser, and Dubiel, the author puts her own thoughts neatly into the broader tradition, without being excessively bound by it.

Contrary to many other works in the field Krossa does not argue normatively for either unity or diversity, but understands society itself as being constituted by the tensions between homogeneity and heterogeneity. In order to successfully conceptualize society, these two elements cannot be treated as separate entities but as core elements of social interaction, thereby becoming an integral part of society as such. Krossa explicitly avoids falling into polarized positions and makes clear that the poles (e.g. nation state and world society) are important points of reference, but that society has to be seen as a moving object between these poles. Describing society as a dynamic concept based on communication, Krossa shows that globalization is not necessarily a qualitatively new phenomenon, but that modernity has accelerated its quantitative characteristics. While she leaves the questions of the novelty of globalization somewhat open, she addresses the relation between modernization and the speed of globalization. Most importantly, Krossa convincingly argues that modernization should not be misunderstood as Westernization.

What comes as a surprise, however, is that the book is not referencing authors like Charles Taylor and Michael Mann, who have dedicated a majority of their research to similar questions like Krossa. Especially the treatment of globalization as modernity in the first part of the book could have profited from including a review of Taylor’s work – which Krossa is undoubtly familiar with.
The strongest part of the book deals with the idea of Europe and European society, outlining how difficult it is to actually define European society beyond pure rhetoric. The interaction of supranational institutions and nation-states with their national identities and unique cultural backgrounds makes the European situation an ideal case for the study of the complex relationship between homogeneity and heterogeneity. As Krossa succinctly points out, it is precisely the unfinished character of European society that makes it an ideal case study for the theoretical claims of the book.

At times when the political aspect of European society seems to be in a fundamental crisis, re-thinking the relationship between society and nation states on the one hand and society and supra-national entities on the other hand is a necessary task that is met by Krossa’s work.

Available from all good booksellers or online at
Hampshire, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, ISBN 9781137003171

About the author:
Anne Sophie Krossa

Chair in Sociological Theory at the University of Siegen, Germany
Lecturer at Lancaster University, UK

Reviewed by:
Ralph Schöllhammer

Researcher at Danube University Krems, Centre for E-Governance, Austria

Von Menschen, Zellen und Waschmaschinen – Anstiftung zur Rettung der Welt

„Von Menschen, Zellen und Waschmaschinen – Anstiftung zur Rettung der Welt“ lautet der Titel der neuesten Publikation der Biochemikerin Renée Schroeder. Auf Einladung der WALDVIERTEL AKADEMIE und der Donau-Universität Krems diskutiert Renée Schroeder am Montag, 27. April 2015, 18.30 Uhr im Audimax der Donau-Universität Krems mit dem Philosophen Peter Kampits und dem Journalisten Reinhard Linke über ihre Thesen und wagt einen Ausblick auf die Menschheit im Jahr 2040.

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New Special Issue of Jedem out: “Open Data: growing up and getting specific”

We are very happy to announce that Vol. 6 No. 1 (2014) of JeDEM, the eJournal of E-Democracy and Open Government, has just been published. This time we have been working with guest editors Johann Hoechtl, Tim Davies, Marijn Janssen and Ina Schieferdecker on the topic “Open Data”, a field of studies that has, during the recent years, been “growing up and getting specific”.


Special Issue on Open Data including Invited Papers from the SharePSI project

This special issue contains a variety of research papers addressing this topic from different views and providing recent research results. The papers in this issue deepen the understanding of open data and show that the subject of open data is moving from the general to the study of specifics. The special issue also includes invited papers presented at the first public meeting of the SharePSI project. Share-PSI 2.0 is the European network for the exchange of experience and ideas around implementing open data policies in the public sector.

You can access the full issue for free here.

About the Guest Editors