Conferences & Workshops

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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Digitale Transformationen

Symposium und Buchpräsentation mit Abschlussdiskussion

Die Tagung am 29.11.2018 setzt sich mit der bereits angelaufenen technologischen Revolution auseinander, die unsere Art zu arbeiten und zu leben verändert und unsere gesamte Kultur massiv beeinflussen wird. Diese ist mit früheren technologischen Revolutionen nicht vergleichbar, weil Artificial Intelligence, Genetic Engineering und Robotik in ihrer ineinandergreifenden Dynamik rascher und tiefgreifender sind als jede technologische Umwälzung zuvor. Erstmals in der Geschichte der menschlichen Zivilisation ersetzen Maschinen nicht bloß menschliche Muskelkraft, sondern das menschliche Denken und Analysieren. Damit steht nicht weniger als die fundamentale Rolle des Menschen im Universum und sein bestimmender Einfluss auf den Gang der Zivilisation zur Disposition.

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Während die gesellschaftlichen, politischen und wirtschaftlichen Realitäten von der Komplexität einer wachsenden Zahl von ihren Wechselwirkungen immer unübersichtlicher werdenden Faktoren bestimmt werden, versuchen Politik und Wirtschaft verzweifelt, die lineare Gestaltungslogik des Industriezeitalters aufrechtzuerhalten. Und auch das Bildungs- und Wissenschaftssystem funktioniert weiterhin nach den Prinzipien von Fragmentierung des Wissens und intellektueller Arbeitsteilung. Während in den Feuilletons seit Jahrzehnten in regelmäßigen Abständen die Krise der Wissenschaft und der WissenschafterInnen beklagt wird, entstehen wissenschaftliche Karrieren immer mehr entlang quantitativer Indikatoren, die Selbstreferenzialität und inhaltliche Verengung begünstigen.
In einer von Artificial Intelligence, Digitalisierung und Robotik geprägten Welt wird der Mensch nur noch durch vernetzende kreative Denkprozesse gesellschaftliche und wirtschaftliche Wirkungskraft erzielen können, also durch Prozesse, die auf bisher ungedachte oder als undenkbar gehaltene Weise Verbindungen zwischen bekannten und daher zunehmend automatisierten Handlungs- und Wissensfeldern herstellen. Die Veränderung von Arbeit, Bildung und Freizeit wird ebenso wie die Veränderung unserer Gesellschaften durch interne demografische Entwicklungen und durch Migrationsbewegungen neue soziale Herausforderungen im Zusammenleben der Menschen als Handlungsfelder eröffnen.

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(Un-)Konferenz in neunter Auflage

Die “Unkonferenz” govcamp vienna blickt auf eine Geschichte zurück, in der sich zwar das Motto laufend geändert hat, die grundlegende Ausrichtung im Themenbereich Digitalisierung und Verwaltung und der Stil eines Barcamps jedoch die Jahre hindurch erhalten geblieben sind. Mit einer Konferenz hat ein Barcamp gemeinsam, dass aktuelle Forschung diskutiert werden, neue Projekte angebahnt werden können und man sich im Vorfeld registriert . Anders als bei einer Konferenz kann man zwar, aber man muss das Thema, dem man seinen Vortrag widmen möchte, nicht im Vorhinein bekannt geben. Das Programm entsteht aus den Vorschlägen der TeilnehmerInnen am Tag der Veranstaltung „live“ (und sieht dann mitunter so aus). Durch die gemeinsame Festlegung des Sessionplans soll sichergestellt werden, dass genau jenen Themen eine Plattform gegeben wird, die den TeilnehmerInnen wichtig sind. Anders als bei vielen Konferenzen ist die Teilnahme kostenlos.

Motto 2018: Automatisch, praktisch, menschlich – Zusammenarbeit für die Zukunft

Am 30.11.2018 ab 9:00 Uhr in der Stadlauer Straße 56 in Wien (Stadt Wien, MA 01) werden sich Akteure aus Verwaltung, Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft über Digitalisierungsthemen austauschen, die sie beschäftigen.

Getreu dem Motto „Automatisch, praktisch, menschlich – Zusammenarbeit für die Zukunft“, soll das Aufstreben künstlicher Intelligenz genauso zum Diskussionspunkt gemacht werden wie andere Bereiche der Digitalisierung. Erfahrungsgemäß gehören zu den behandelten Themen solche aus den Themenfeldern E-Government, Datenschutz und –sicherheit sowie Smart City und Lebensqualität. Das govcamp vienna ist offen für kurze Vorträge oder Workshops, aus denen sich Diskussionen ergeben, die im weiteren Sinn mit Digitalisierung und öffentlicher Verwaltung zusammenhängen.

Wie wird sich Zusammenarbeit zukünftig gestalten, wird man den Kollegen Roboter begrüßen? Wie managt man halb virtuelle, halb physische Teams? Die Interaktion Mensch – Maschine wird immer mehr zum Thema. Wie kann Partizipation mittels sicherer Lösungen (wie Blockchain) aussehen, die ortsunabhängig stattfinden kann? Schaffen wir dadurch mehr Teilhabe für alle und eine gerechtere Gesellschaft? Spielt uns die Automatisierung frei für die wirklich wichtigen Dinge?

Zum Austausch über diese und viele andere Fragen sind alle Interessierten und Aktiven aus der Zivilgesellschaft, VertreterInnen aus Verwaltung, Politik, Wissenschaft und Wirtschaft eingeladen, aktiv an den Sessions mitzuwirken und sich in den Zeiten zwischen den Sessions zu vernetzen.

Eine Disziplin ist oft nicht genug: Perspektivenwechsel

Rechnen Sie mit temporären Verständigungsschwierigkeiten, neuen Einblicken und anderen Blickwinkeln. Stellen Sie sich darauf ein, dass Ihre Argumente auf den Kopf gestellt werden und bereiten Sie sich darauf vor, dass Sie neue Kontakte knüpfen werden. Open Government, offene Daten, Beteiligung im Rechtsetzungsprozess, Verbesserung der Datenqualität und WienBot sind nur einige der Themen der govcamps der letzten Jahre. So wird aus technischem, rechtlichem und organisatorischem Blickwinkel oder ganz einfach praxisnah diskutiert, woran es Ihrer Meinung nach hakt oder was erforderlich ist, damit die Digitalisierung der Gesellschaft dient. Fragen aus laufenden Forschungsprojekten können genauso Thema sein wie praktische Erfahrungen von Entwicklern bei der Nutzung von Daten der öffentlichen Hand. Wie kann der Einsatz von Technologie die Lebensqualität erhöhen? Was ist dabei zu beachten? Kennen Sie Best Practices, die als Vorbilder fungieren könnten?

Machen Sie sich in einem unserer Rückblicke auf vergangene govcamps ein eigenes Bild von der Veranstaltungsreihe:

Das Wichtigste kurz zusammengefasst

Was? Wann? Wo?

govcamp vienna: Akteure aus Verwaltung, Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft debattieren über Digitalisierungsthemen, die sie beschäftigen.

30.11., 9:00 Uhr

Stadt Wien, MA 01 – Wien Digital, Stadlauer Straße 56, Wien

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