Some of our #cedem12 morning Sessions:
The necessity of metadata for open linked data and its contribution to policy analyses (Anneke Zuiderwijk, Keith Jeffery, Marijn Janssen)
Anneke Zuiderwijk from the University of Technology, The Netherlands started the session by introducing the topic like the gaining importance of Open governmental data and for an example the EU-Project Engage (www.engage-project.eu – “An Infrastructure for Open, Linked Governmental Data Provision towards Research Communities and Citizens”). The importance of Linked open data (LOD) was leaded to Metadata, which are part of the LOD-process.
Keith Jeffery talked afterwords about different models of using Data and more in detail about Metadata. As an example he introduced the project www.eurocris.org and the CERIF Datamodel. Asked for an “best practice example” he recommended to search for “cristin + norway” or “fris + flanders“.
After the official opening by Danube University’s vice chancellor Viktoria Weber, chairs Noella Edelmann and Peter Parycek started the conference with interesting facts (like a 50% rejection rate, our current JeDEM Call for Papers and Michal Sachs‘ working desk). The first keynote Ralph Schroeder (UK) is specialising in how knowledge is changing through the internet and the sociology of advancing (online) knowledge. Old wine in new bottles or revolution?
Keynote 1: The Internet, Science, and Transformations of Knowledge (Ralph Schroeder, Oxford Internet Institute, UK)
Ralph Schroeder mentioned that there is not too much research in Austria in the area. We do have @cyberscientist Michael Nentwich though who is specialising in science 2.0 and the usage of the internet in research – he has published a book called “Cyberscience 2.0“. So how have things changed? (From Web 2.0 to Big Data).
One of the things we need to look at is a good definition. e-Research can be defined as distributed and collaborative digital tools and data for knowledge production. Besides a good definition, a model capturing digital transformation of research is needed.
Science was always driven by machines, with the internet driving social sciences today. From the organisational part, we have research technologies/machines where people are gathering around. Whilst in the humanities we have patterns in words, numbers, images and sounds, social sciences are dependend on statistics, image analysis or mapping. The Oxford Internet Institute has been doing work on many different cases from literature to biotechnology asking the question what sort of transformation can be observed. One example of crowdsourcing techniques in science was “Galaxy Zoo” where students had to classify galaxies according to their shapes – a task at which the human brain is better than even the most advanced computer. Happy classifying!
A popular case is e-research in Sweden, a country with a major e-research initiative. Sweden displays a use of population data in a transparent society with high trust between people, authorities and researchers. Another important aspect in science nowadays is who links to view and generally, visibility of research. A computational way forward in literature is developing networks and maps, e.g. of characters – the question here is to what extent we would like to advance this kind of research.
Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2012
Danube University Krems, Austria
3-4 May 2012
CeDEM is the leading European conference for e-democracy and open government. The international conference analyses digital society in context of democracy, government and business. The conference programme (all presentations and workshops) is available at the conference website.
- Anke Domscheit-Berg (OpenGov.me, DE)
- Arthur Lupia (University of Michigan, US)
- Ralph Schröder (Oxford Internet Institute, UK)
More than 100 participants from 35 countries participated in the conference in 2011. The conference proceedings from last year are freely accessible on the conference website.
CeDEM brings together e-democracy, e-participation and open government specialists working in academia, politics, government and business.
The Conference Proceedings of CeDEM11 are available online. You can download the Proceedings as PDF from the Conference Website.
Call for Papers
In modern democracies, people are to be empowered by means of information and communication technologies. Transparency and access to data, new ways of interacting with government and democratic institutions cause profound changes in society. Social media and the new forms of societal behaviour, including content generation, collaboration and sharing as well as network organisation change our understanding of politics and business. Governmental and private internet services have increased the citizens’ independence and flexibility. However, enthusiastic ideas and projects often failed to produce the expected results as technology is only the basis for new forms of organisation and interaction. CeDEM12 seeks to critically analyse present and future developments in e-democracy and open government. CeDEM12 presents the following tracks: