SmartGov – Advanced decision support for Smart Governance

Get to know the project “SmartGov – Advanced decision support for Smart Governance”!

What is the SmartGov project?

SmartGov – Advanced decision support for Smart Governance” is an interdisciplinary and international research project funded by JPI Urban Europe, a joint programming initiative, which aims to create attractive, sustainable and economically viable urban areas for European citizens and communities. The SmartGov project will last for 3 years and started on 1st April 2016 and will continue until end of March 2019.

What are the objectives of the SmartGov project?

The project goals focus on creating new governance methods and supporting ICT tools based on Fuzzy Cognitive Maps. Further to simulate the impact of policies for urban planning in Smart Cities and to support two-way communication with large stakeholder groups.

How these objectives will be achieved?

Research on literature of governance processes for urban planning forms the basis to create Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs). The design of the tool interfaces will allow to model and visualize complex problems in Smart Cities. The FCMs will be implemented,  using Linked Open Data & Social Media.

Why does it matters?

Innovate and create FCMs providing new methods, sustainable tools and guidelines which improve efficiency and are tailored to the needs of involved stakeholders. Strengthen participation through involving citizens and further stakeholders in the policy decision making process through visualization of decision scenarios in an easy and comprehensive way. Rise awareness and create knowledge about societal and economic needs regarding sustainable mobility and new energy efficiency policies.

Who we are?

The consortium is an inter- and trans-disciplinary project team: 3 universities, 3 IT service & software engineering companies; 2 pilot cities – which combine different disciplines and knowledge: Danube University Krems (Project Coordinator), Delft University of Technology, Cyprus Univeristy of Technology, Active Solution AG, Interfusion Services Limited, Kenus Informatica, City of Limassol and City of Quart de Poblet.

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Call for Papers: Government Information Quarterly – Special Issue on Open Innovation in the Public Sector

Government Information Quarterly is an international journal that examines the intersection of policy, information technology, government, and the public. In particular, GIQ focuses on how policies affect government information flows and the availability of government information; the use of technology to create and provide innovative government services; the impact of information technology on the relationship between the governed and those governing; and the increasing significance of information policies and information technology in relation to democratic practices.

Call for Papers: Digital Citizenship and Activism

Call for Papers: Special Issue: Vol. 4 (1)

Digital Citizenship and Activism: Questions of Power and Participation Online

Guest Editors

  • Dr. Maria Bakardjieva (University of Calgary, Canada)
  • Dr. Jakob Svensson (Karlstad University, Sweden)
  • Dr. Marko M. Skoric (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Nowadays, when citizens, activists and participants in social movements want to voice their opinions and negotiate their political identities they increasingly do so in hybrid media environments that are particularly suitable for mobilisation, organisation and discussion. With a massive increase in online social networking, digital infrastructures are lowering the threshold for political involvement. This, in turn, is considerably shifting the power dynamics of participation. Digital storytelling, for example, has become part of the strategies used by contemporary political activists. While strategies in the past revolved mainly around the attempts to influence the mass media and gatekeepers, today more and more citizens are becoming reporters and commentators themselves, often providing first-hand, real-time coverage of offline political activities.


Trusting a CEO in the Twitter Age

Social media tools offer a new test for leaders when it comes to dealing candidly with employees, especially amid economic insecurity
– by Barry Salzberg

“The days are long gone when organizations could control the message internally or build a wall between themselves and the outside world. Today what’s inside is soon outside, posted on blogs and message boards—or simply Twittered during meetings. Messages get distorted: Rumors take on the status of truth and digital hearsay is quickly seen as fact. Never is the truth more at risk than during tough times, with layoffs in the headlines and uppermost on employees’ minds. At such times leaders need to redouble their efforts to tell employees the truth, balancing candor with compassion and hope with honesty.

It’s an old lesson, but never has it been more urgent than during this historic downturn, which has brought public trust in business and business leaders to near-record lows. In a recent Edelman survey, two-thirds of respondents say they trust business less than they did a year ago. Even more troubling, a mere 17%—less than one in five—trust what they hear from a company’s chief executive. […]”

Town Hall Meetings for Businesses

Read more about the benefits of the new  Straight Talk program that gives employees the opportunity to discuss the future of their business with their CEO – click here.


Workshop: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on eParticipation

Am 3. Juli 2009 fand im ICT&S Center der Universität Salzburg der Workshop “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on eParticipation” statt. Conference Chair war Dr. Ursula Maier-Rabler.

Der Workshop war eine Tagesveranstaltung des ICT&S Centers in Kooperation mit dem Demokratiezentrum Wien. Der Workshop gab den TeilnehmerInnen Raum für Austausch, Diskussion und Vernetzung zum Thema eParticipation. Ziel der Veranstaltung war es, eine Plattform für die österreichische eParticipation-Gemeinschaft zu konsolidieren und zu erweitern, und sich im Bereich der eParticipation-Forschung in Österreich um eine verstärkte Interdisziplinarität zu bemühen.