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The 15th IFIP Electronic Government and e-Participation Conference (IFIP EGOV—ePart) 2016 will be held from Sunday, September 5 to Wednesday, September 7, 2016 under the local auspices of the United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) and the University of Minho in Guimarães, Portugal, and

Track Chairs:

  • Peter Parycek (lead), Danube University Krems (Austria)
  • Mila Gascó, Institute of Public Governance and Management, ESADE Business & Law School (Spain)
  • Olivier Glassey, Université de Lausanne (Switzerland)

The annual international IFIP EGOV conference is the top-2 ranked core conference in the domain of ICT in the public sector and the public sphere. As part of this conference, the Smart Governance, Smart Government, Smart Cities & Smart Regions Track focuses on the orchestrated interplay and balance of smart governance practices, smart public administration, smart resources and talent leverage in urban and regional spaces facilitated by novel uses of ICT and other technologies. Areas of focus and interest include, but are not limited, to the following topics:

  • Smart governance as the foundation to creating smart urban and regional spaces (elements, prerequisites, and principles of smart governance)
  • Smart government (focal areas, examples, current practices, cases, potential pitfalls) – Smart partnerships (triple/quadruple helix, public-private partnerships, citizen participation)
  • Smart cities and smart regions (cases, rankings and comparisons, critical success factors)
  • Collective intelligence for cities and regions
  • Smart grids and the Internet of Things (infrastructure, transportation, education, governance, environment, health care, safety, security, and energy)
  • Smart carbonless and clean individual and public mobility – Smart devices and their novel use in public management
  • Smart (technology-facilitated) practices such as payment systems, identification systems, etc. – New cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities in smart technologies
  • SMART as a public-sector planning and management principle (Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Results-based, and Time-bound)

FORMATS Across its tracks, the dual IFIP EGOV/ePart 2016 conference hosts several distinct formats of contributions:

  • Completed research papers (max. 12 pages, published in the IFIP EGOV proceedings of Springer LNCS)
  • On-going research and innovative projects (max. 8 pages, published in alternate proceedings by IOS Press)

Beyond the tracks, the dual IFIP EGOV/ePart 2016 conference also hosts:

  • Posters (max. 2 pages) to be exposed along the welcome reception – Workshops and panels on pertinent issues
  • Short abstracts (2 pages)
  • PhD colloquium submissions (max. 8 pages) all to be included in the alternate proceedings published by IOS Press.

These formats encourage both scientific rigor and discussions of state of the art as well as innovative research approaches, work in progress, and studies of practical e-government or e-governance projects along with papers on system implementations.

Prior to the conference, a PhD student colloquium will be held providing doctoral students with an international forum guided by senior scholars for presenting their work, networking opportunities and cross-disciplinary inspiration. Read more about the submission guidelines and review criteria on the conference website:


  • March 15, 2016 – Submission of papers (hard deadline-no late submissions allowed)
  • April 15, 2016 – Submission of workshop/panel/poster/PhD colloquium contributions
  • April 30, 2016 – Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions for papers
  • May 15, 2016 – Notification of acceptance for workshops/panels/posters/PhD colloquium contributions
  • May 31, 2016 – Camera-ready papers of completed research on-going research, posters, workshop and panel descriptions



  • Hans Jochen Scholl, University of Washington, USA
  • Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Efthimios Tambouris, University of Macedonia, Greece
  • Maria A. Wimmer, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
  • Tomasz Janowski, United Nations University (EGOV), Portugal
  • Delfina Sá Soares, University of Minho, Portugal

Submit to CeDEM16!

Conference for e-Democracy and Open Governmen: Deadline extended to 10 January 2016


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 from to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age.
CeDEM 16:
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CeDEM 16 PhD bursary application:

Submit your full paper to one of these tracks:

jedem logoThe 1st number of JeDEM 2015 presents our Special Issue on Social Media and Socio-Political Change from an Asian perspective. We are happy to present this issue in cooperation with guest editors Natalie Pang (Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Singapore Internet Research Centre) and Marko Skoric (City University, Hong Kong).

With the widespread adoption of social media in many Asian societies, these platforms are increasingly used in a variety of ways to promote civic and political aims but such uses are shaped by various stakeholders and contexts of use. In this special issue, four papers on Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and China-Australia present highly contextualized assessments of the role of social media in civic and political life in Asia.

Additionally, the issue presents ongoing research paper submissions to JeDEM that made it through the double-blind peer review process.

Read the whole issue here!

PS: As authors, you can submit to one of the thematic calls, but also as “ongoing” submissions, that is, not in response to a specific call. We are looking forward to your submissions! If you are intersted in becoming a reviewer for our journal, please do not hesitate to contact the managing editor.

The project openlaws, which is co-funded by the European Union, aims at increasing usability concerning the search and handling of legal data. This shall be reached for instance through integrating interactive elements and various functionalities.

The registration for the Open Source Workshop, which is free of charge and will take place

on 26.06.2015, at 8.30 am – 3.30 pm,

at the Federal Chancellery Vienna (Bundeskanzleramt Wien),

Foyer at the rooftop – entrance at Minoritenplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,

is open!

According to the preliminary programme, talks and discussions on the following issues are planned:

  • Openlaws – A Legal Service by the Community for the Community
  • The use of open source software in Switzerland
  • An example of open legal data text processing and analysis using open source software
  • Open Source – A legal view on the Dos, Don’ts and Maybes
  • Interaction and interoperability between Creative Commons and open source licences
  • The Apache Way and How it can help Research Projects
  • Spatial, Linked (Open) Data -Theory, Practice & Problems

For more information, please visit the openlaws- project-website and follow the openlaws-announcements via facebook and twitter.

Waldviertel Akademie

Waldviertel Akademie

In Kooperation mit der Donau-Universität Krems und der VHS Krems lud die WALDVIERTEL AKADEMIE am Montag, 27. April 2015 zu einem Vortrag unter dem Titel „Die Rettung der Welt? Die Menschheit im Jahr 2040“ in das Audimax der Donau-Universität Krems.

Biochemikerin Renée Schroeder, die das Hauptreferat hielt, wurde 2002 unter anderem als Wissenschaftlerin des Jahres ausgezeichnet. Sie gab „einen Einblick in ihr Weltbild“ und die Entstehung der Menschheit.
„Erst vor 70.000 Jahren war es das erste Mal möglich, etwas zu denken, was es nicht gibt“, so Schroeder, „das war die Geburtsstunde des Denkens, der Mensch ist kreativ geworden und konnte erstmals über die Zukunft nachdenken.“ Schroeder betonte dabei stets, dass es an den Menschen selbst liegt, wie die Zukunft aussieht, gab aber auch zu Bedenken: „Ich war immer Optimistin, aber 2014 und 2015 waren einfach schrecklich. Können wir wirklich noch die Verantwortung tragen über das, was wir tun?“

Schroeder bezog sich in ihren Ausführungen auch auf die Themen Bildung, Erziehung und die aktuelle Bevölkerungsentwicklung. „Man sollte Kinder einfach lassen, ohne sie zu bewerten“, so Schroeder. Auch die technische Entwicklung im Gesundheitsbereich habe große Relevanz, „wir haben im 21. Jahrhundert die Werkzeuge, gezielt bestimme Krankheiten zu entfernen.“ Auch für die Zukunft liegt das passende Rezept bereit: „Wir müssen auch unbequeme Aufgaben übernehmen und nachdenken, was wirklich wichtig ist. Aus meiner Sicht: Bildung und dass man lernt, kritisch zu denken.“

Auch Philosoph Peter Kampits, der sich im Anschluss gemeinsam mit Journalist Reinhard Linke, der Diskussion mit Schroeder stellte, bestätigte viele der gehörten Aussagen: „Wie weit geht unsere Verantwortung? Wir müssen wieder lernen, dass Qualität vor Quantität steht“. Natürlich wurde danach auch das Publikum miteinbezogen, Steuerreform, die Gesellschaft, Solidarität und vieles mehr wurden intensiv diskutiert.

„Die WALDVIERTEL AKADEMIE hat mir ihren Partnern bei dieser Veranstaltung die Zukunft Österreichs aufgegriffen und versucht, mögliche Antworten auf die großen Herausforderungen der Zeit zu geben“, zog Vorsitzender Dr. Ernst Wurz zufrieden Bilanz.

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