We are pleased to welcome Anneke Zuiderwijk as the new Chief Editor of the Journal of eDemocracy and Open Government for the next four years.
Anneke is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on open data. More specifically, her objective is to develop theory for the development of infrastructures and institutional arrangements that incentivize open data sharing and use behavior by governments, researchers, companies and citizens. Open data has enormous potential to generate benefits and value and there is still a large gap between the current situation and the potential value generation. This motivates her to enthusiastically work on this topic throughout her entire academic career.
During her PhD, Anneke developed a theory for the development of open government data infrastructures, which she also transformed into advice for open data policy-makers. Several elements of her theory have been implemented in international projects, including FP7 ENGAGE (2014) and H2020 VRE4EIC (2018). Anneke obtained her PhD with distinction, which is only awarded to the top 5% of TU Delft PhD candidates. In 2016, she received the international Digital Governance Junior Scholar Award and was ranked as one of the most influential open data researchers worldwide. She has been invited as a keynote speaker for various conferences and events (e.g. the International Conference on Future Environment and Innovation, 2014) and served as a conference programme chair (dg.o2018, dg.o2019), conference chair (I3E-2015), associate chair (OpenSym2017), associate editor (ICIS2019) and track chair (CeDEM2014; 2015, 2016, 2017, EGOV-CeDEM-ePART2018, 2019). The importance of her research has also been emphasized through best paper awards Anneke received at important conferences in her field of information science (EGOV2012, Dg.o2014). Finally, she is the co-founder of three online courses: Open Data professional education (53 experts), Open Science MOOC (1,500+ participants from 100+ countries) and Open Government MOOC (9261 participants from 150+ countries).
Anneke on her new role as Chief Editor of JeDEM:
“I am excited about my new role as editor-in-chief for JeDEM. I have experienced the process of publishing journal papers from the author perspective many times and I also have experience as guest editor of special issues for the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (two issues in 2014), Government Information Quarterly (2016) and Information Polity (2019). I am now ready for the next step; the full experience as editor-in-chief.
JeDEM has several very appealing characteristics, including its open access policy, being free of charge, its rapid publishing process and its comprehensive indexing within Scopus, EBSCO, DOAJ, Google scholar, and the Public Knowledge Project metadata harvester. This gives authors the opportunity to make timely research results available to a wide public, increase researcher and research visibility and have an impact in the field. I see much potential for further improving both the quality and reputation of JeDEM.
As editor-in-chief I will focus on the strategic decisions, networks and positioning and development of the journal. I am very enthusiastic about working with the highly committed and motivated JeDEM team of managing editors and editorial board members, and I very much appreciate their full support. I look forward to this new journey”.
We are looking forward to working with Anneke!
 Hossain, M. A., Dwivedi, Y. K., & Rana, N. P. (2016). State-of-the-art in open data research: Insights from existing literature and a research agenda. Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 26(1-2), 14-40.