cedem13 day 1

Summary #CeDEM13

The CeDEM13 call promised “networking, great keynotes, good food” (see www.donau-uni.ac.at/cedem). And we delivered: the CeDEM13 presented keynotes by Beth Noveck, Karine Nahon, John Carlo Bertot and Tiago Peixoto. Presenters and attendees came from 23 countries, allowing for interesting converstations and networking opportuniteis. And the food? Well, the social dinner was a delicious success, held at the Late Brasserie overlooking the Danube.

So this was CeDEM13. But we still have a little bit more on offer.

We blogged throughout the whole conference, and the digitalgovernment blog gives you a summary of all the CeDEM13 sessions (includes photos, presentations and further material). If you want to actually see what it was like, take a look here:

You need more? Yes, of course.

  • This is the overview to the 2,5 CeDEM13 days (CeDEM13 program_final.pdf).
  • If you want to know more about CeDEM13, and the relevant content use the tag cedem13.
  • But  if you just want to have a look about what our 4 Keynotes had to say, use our tag cedem13 keynotes;
  • If you want to read about the sessions on Day 1 (2013, May 22nd), use the tag cedem 13 day 1;
  • For the session on Day 2 (2013, May 23rd) use the tag cedem 13 day 2;
  • And for the session on Day 3 (2013, May 23rd) use the tag cedem 13 day 3;
  • If you want to look at the pictures, find them in our CeDEM13 flickr Album;

The CeDEM13 proceedings will soon be available online (OA) as a pdf, and in book format by the end of summer. We will let you know – so come back!

It was a pleasure meeting you all in Krems, and we hope you enjoyed the CeDEM13 conference! Are you interested in CeDEM14?

CeDEM14 will be held 21-23 May 2014 in Krems – more details to be found on our website www.donau-uni.ac.at/cedem stay tuned  via Twitter  or sign up for our newsletter.

If you can’t make it then, join us for the CeDEM-Asia in autumn 2014 in Hong Kong (dates to be announced).

* JeDEM Open Access E-Journal: Call for Papers – submit a paper of your work until 17th June 2013. Focus of the next issue: Transformation of Citizenship and Governance –  special Asia focus. For more inforamtion please contact us here.

And last but not least – Peter Paryceks closing presentation:

Peter’s final question and remark: “What would Max Webe do? See you @CeDEM14 in Krems”

#CeDEM13 day 1, afternoon, Workshop: Evaluation/Success (..)

#CeDEM13 day 1, afternoon, Workshop: Evaluation/Success and Failure of eParticipation

Michael Sachs and Judith Schossboeck from the Centre of E-Governance are currently resposible for evaluation of a large-scale youth eParticipation project. In order to draw on expertise of the experts present at CeDEM13 and to refine the intended evaluation frameowork, a workshop was held. As introduction, the OurSpace project and the platform was introduced to the participants, and thereafter factors of success and failur of eParticipation projects were identified, both on a general level and with view to experience with own projects.

The following is a documentation of the parameters defined in the workshop as well as the discussion.



Factors of Success

  • The topic has to be relevant/of interest/need-based for the target group. A topic of contemporary conflict can sparkle interest.
  • User experience/usability and design
  • Continuous involvement of users in process (also in design)
  • Tools and devices:
    • Accessability – also related to device. Also mobile options should be provided.
    • convergence of devices/tools (not only one tool provided)
  • Commitment of the government/stakeholders/government inclusion
  • A clear picture of the effect and outcome/evidence of impact
    • Innovation aspect – added value of the project
  • Ask clear questions – not too complicated issue
  • Reach out: go where people already are
  • Target group:
    • Cool factor: related to target group
    • Clear picture of target group and their interests and values
    • consider costs of participation of user group: qualitative and quantitative
  • Benefits:
    • Financial beneftis of participation
    • Entertainment/games/gamification elements –>motivation
  • Transparency of the process and providers/initiators
  • Free dialoge and space for diversity (safe space)
  • Feedback/support provided


#CeDEM13 day 1, afternoon, Track: E-Democracy and E-Politics

Day 1, 16:00-17:30. Chair: Reinhard Riedl.

Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative: A sociopolitical approach to eDemocracy initiatives in developing countries 

Kheira Belkacem

People of Botswana are generally interested to give their opinions to the members of parliament. Such opportunities are wanted online and offline, with inline input being in favour. The participation platform focuses on mobile devices as communication and internet penetration is mostly based on mobile technology but also from telecommunication-centres in villages. Direct website input or SMS input, both is possible as well as offline input. The implementation of this project is accompanied with training for all stakeholders. The pilot phase was successful and the open stage started only weeks ago. The project was initiated by a team member in discussions with town chiefs and the great interest in technology by an MP.


#cedem13 day 1, afternoon, Track: Open Data & Open (..)

#cedem13 day 1, afternoon, Track: Open Data & Open Collaborative Government

Full session in the afternoon at #cedem13. Thanks to all participants for all your interest despite the good weather on the campus!

CeDEM13, day 1Parliamentary Information Visualization: Paving the way towards legislative transparency and empowered citizens

Aspasia Papaloi and Dimitris G. Gouscos
Governments may be becoming more extroverted by interacting with citizens, yet citizens remain frustrated as many do not  know about legislative procedures. Aspasia Papaloi suggets the use of visualisation to help citizens access information, gain the necessary skills, commmunicate and collaborate. Visualisation is about information quality and  clarity, and must follow accessibility (equal access, right to information) and usability standards (quality, efficiency, effectiveness).

Parliamentary information viusalisation (PIV) focuses on openness, transparency, and empowerment. Aspasia Papaloi wonders whether  opening parliamentray data will be able to achieve legislative transparency? Any answer though requires the consideration of  factors such as the involvement of stakeholders, the feasability and an evaluation of the scope and success of such an aim. It also requires the consideration of user needs and how they visualise information.


#CeDEM13 day 1, afternoon, Workshop: E-infrastructures (..)

#CeDEM13 day 1, afternoon, Workshop:

E-infrastructures for open data

A workshop about the advantages and disadvantages of existing open data e-infrastructures that aim at improving the provision and use of open data.

Anneke Zuiderwijk , Keith Jeffery , Spiros Mouzakitis

The Engage project is an FP7 project, and aims to develop and use a data infrastrucure, going beyond PSI (public scctor information) resources. At the moment, the ENGAGE open data infrstructure is presented as the most open system.  ENGAGE is to bring together open government and publicly funded research dataset resources, intergate tools and use social networking services.The vision is to highly structure, easily link and easily link and easily process datasets. This workshop presents and discussses the beta version (version as of April 2013) of this infrastructure.

Questions raised: (more…)