Open Government

JeDEM Issue Vol. 8 No. 1 (2016) out now!

Welcojedem logome to a summer issue that presents the most recent “ongoing submissions” to the Journal of E-Democracy and Open Government. The authors have not submitted to a particular call for papers, but have responded to the journal’s open invitation to submit a paper to JeDEM’s main topics. The papers in this issue analyse current strengths and weaknesses in Open Data, Public Sector Information (PSI) and E-Government, present results, suggest methodologies as well as ideas for yet more research and work in these areas.

Read the whole issue of JeDEM free of charge here: Vol 8, No 1 (2016)

Research Papers and Project Descriptions in this issue:

  • Open Government Data and the Role of Data Infomediaries
  • Sustainable Business Models for Public Sector Open Data Providers
  • E-Government Development and Cluster Analysis
  • The Delay of Implementation of the European Union Public Sector Information Directive in Sweden
  • Success Factors of E-Government Policy Implementation in Pakistan

 

 

Extended Deadline: CeDEM Asia 2016

We have extended the submission deadline for CeDEM Asia 2016 until 15 August 2016. Join the global discourse on the impact of digitalisation on government, democracy and society.

We look forward to opening a new forum in Daegu, South Korea for exchange of ideas, networking, and collaboration on the topics of citizen engagement, e-democracy, internet freedom, open government, cybersecurity, smart cities and other emerging topics. CeDEM Asia 2016 seeks to critically analyse present and future developments in the field, with a special focus on the following themes:

Track: Social media and citizen participation

  • Social movements and citizen networks
  • Online campaigning and elections
  • Digital divide and literacy
  • Social media, citizen mobilization & engagement; Sustainability of e-participation
  • Social media-enabled crisis and disaster management

Track: E-government and e-democracy

  • ICTs and their use for governmental transformation
  • Open data, transparency, participation and collaboration in government
  • Cultures of governance, access and openness, crowdsourcing for government
  • Roles of policy-makers, industry professionals, and civil society activists in facilitating open governance
  • Electronic identity, Internet freedom and censorship; Surveillance, privacy, and cyber-security
  • Cross-border interoperability of e-government artefacts – approaches and standards

Track: Smart cities and emerging topics

  • Becoming a smart city: Best practices, failures and practical challenges
  • Successful technologies for integrating all dimensions of human, collective, and artificial intelligence within the city
  • The internet of things and co-production; Interoperability
  • Relations of innovative technologies, democratic societies & concepts of “Smartness“
  • The social implications of technology, social cities, the best options for citizens, avoiding the negative impacts of technology
  • Smart cities, citizen science and urban informatics

LINKS
Website CeDEM Asia 2016
Call for Papers as PDF

If you have any questions about the CeDEM conference, please contact the team via the website.

Evaluation in the policy cycle? It’s all about speed.

The 2016 European Data Forum EDF16 took place in lovely Eindhoven at the Evoluon. Much shaped like a flying saucer, this spectacular venue for two days gave home to Europe’s elite on data related topics. This years event was all focused on big data and data science. The importance of Big Data was stressed by TU Eindhoven president Jan Mengelers, CEO Eindhoven University of Technology. According to him, 50% of innovation in the future  will have to be attributed to data ecosystems. That’s an enormous amount of change.

We gave a presentation on the effects of Big Data Analytics on policy making in the 21st. century.

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Information Visualization for the People #cedem16

The focus of this track was to show which and how different datasets can be used to create information visualization and simulation of the political discourse.

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CeDEM – 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 to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age. The CeDEM16 will be held from May 18th to May 20th 2016 at the Danube University Krems.

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Information Vizualization for the people

Chair: Florian Windhager

      • Innovating Good Regulatory Practice Using Mixed-Initiative Social Media Analytics and Visualization (Victoria Lemieux)
      • Supporting Cognition in the Face of Political Data and Discourse: A Mental Models Perspective on Designing Information Visualization Systems (Günther Schreder, Florian Windhager, Michael Smuc and Eva Mayr)
      • Current Barriers to Open Government Data Use and Visualization by Political Intermediaries (Jérôme Brugger, Marianne Fraefel, Hansjakob Fehr, Daniel Schöneck, Christoph Stähli Weissbrod and Reinhard Riedl)

Innovating Good Regulatory Practice Using Mixed-Initiative Social Media Analytics and Visualization (Victoria Lemieux)

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This presentation discussed the availability of big data and its opportunities to use innovative analytics and technologies. It was shown how big data can be visualized in different government contexts. The focus was summarized on two challanges: regulatory impact assessment, as well as on information processing support on rulemaking. The application of a novel big data analytics framework – Mixed-Initiative Social Media Analytics (MISMA) – will address these two rulemaking challenges.
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Supporting Cognition in the Face of Political Data and Discourse: A Mental Models Perspective on Designing Information Visualization Systems (Günther Schreder, Florian Windhager, Michael Smuc and Eva Mayr)

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During the presentation of the paper examples for information visualizations were shown. How  users react to information and data – how they react and interact with it and make sense of abstract data through the use of visual interfaces, or so called mental models. These mental models are an emerging topic for research on the comprehension and designing process in information visualization. Different design features can accomplish this in the field of political communication and its complex data.

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Current Barriers to Open Government Data Use and Visualization by Political Intermediaries (Jérôme Brugger, Marianne Fraefel, Hansjakob Fehr, Daniel Schöneck, Christoph Stähli Weissbrod and Reinhard Riedl)

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The aim of the research was to rise the role and the importance of open governement data vizualisations – its promise, potential, ecosystems, political intermediaries, as well as barriers. Actions suggested to increase the use of data and visualisation include the offering and support not only for data but also it’s processing, statistical analysis and visualisation. It was pointed out that there is furhter research in standardisation for visualisation processes with the aim to provide intermediaries with professional visualization at lower prices is an important aspect.
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GovLab Austria auf der Innovate 2016

Innovative Ansätze fördern

Auf Einladung von Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Stadt Wien, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Hertie School of Governance, Contrast EY Management Consulting und Wonderwerk Consulting trafen sich am 17. Mai 2016 180 Führungskräfte, österreichische und internationale ExpertInnen aus Verwaltung und Privatwirtschaft zu einem Austausch über innovative Ansätze und zentrale Herausforderungen der kommenden Jahre. Neben ExpertInnen-Diskussionen bot die Innovate 2016 Gelegenheit – im Rahmen von insgesamt 8 ExpertInnen-Streams – erfolgreiche Innovationsprojekte und -methoden aus unterschiedlichen Themenbereichen kennenzulernen, diese in Kleingruppen zu diskutieren und Anknüpfungspunkte zum eigenen Tätigkeitsfeld zu entwickeln.

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GovLab Austria

Im Rahmen eines ExpertInnen-Streams erfolgt die Präsentation des GovLabAustria, ein Kooperationsprojekt von Bundeskanzleramt Österreich und Donau-Universität Krems. Das neu geschaffene Innovationslabor soll es ermöglichen, zentrale Herausforderungen des öffentlichen Sektors in einem offenen und interdisziplinären Experimentierraum zu adressieren und organisationsübergreifende Lösungsansätze unter Einbindung der jeweils relevanten Stakeholder in einem wissenschaftlich-praxisnahen Kontext zu erarbeiten.

Zentrale Ziele des GovLab Austria:

  • prototypische Umsetzung von Forschungs- und Entwicklungsprojekten im Bereich Verwaltungsinnovation und evidenzbasierter Politikgestaltung,
  • internationale Beobachtung von innovativen Projekten, Methoden und Lösungsansätzen im öffentlichen Sektor,
  • Etablierung eines nationalen Kontaktpunktes (NCP) für Innovationslabore im Governance-Bereich,
  • Zusammenführung von Expertise aus Verwaltung, Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft ,
  • Multiplikation des entstandenen Wissens durch Aus- und Weiterbildungsmaßnahmen.

ExpertInnen-Stream: Input

Roland LEDINGER, Bundeskanzleramt

Peter PARYCEK, Donau-Universität Krems

Ursula ROSENBICHLER, Bundeskanzleramt

Der ExpertInnen-Stream verstand sich als Auftaktveranstaltung des GovLabAustria. Dieser Experimentierraum inspiriert, begleitet und koordiniert Innovationsideen, -AkteurInnen -Projekte, um gemeinsam zu lernen und Transfer und Implementierung in bestehende Strukturen schneller gewährleiten zu können. Die Leitprinzipien des GovLabAustria folgen den bekannten Cos: Co-Creation, Co-Leadership und Collabration, aber auch Co-Implementation und Co-Design. Fokus des GovLabAustria ist die Erarbeitung zukunftsrelevanter Fragestellungen und BürgerInnen-fokussierter Lösungsansätze im Rahmen dieses offenen „Experimentierraums“. Regelmäßige Reflexion und Wirkungsmessung sind stabile Bestandteile des GovLabAustria. (more…)