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CFP: Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government

12. October 2011 – 17:16 by Centre for E-Government

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:

  • E-Participation
  • Government 2.0
  • Social/Web Media and Public Administration
  • E-Politics and E-Campaigning
  • European Citizen Initiative
  • Participatory Budgeting
  • Bottom-Up Movements
  • Open Data and Open Access
Submission Deadline: 12/12/2011
We would like to invite individuals from academic and applied backgrounds as well as business, public authorities, NGO, NPOs and education institutions to submit their papers, reflections as well as workshop proposals. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches to the emerging conference topics. This year we want to encourage practitioners to submit papers as we provide a specific section for non-academics. Conference language is English.


The conference proceedings will be published with the Edition Danube University; additionally, the complete proceedings will be made accessible online. A selection of best research papers and case studies of CeDEM12 will be published with the Open Access eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government. (

  • Research papers shall be 12 pages maximum and will be double-blind peer-reviewed.
  • Case studies/project papers shall be 12 pages maximum and will be double-blind peer-reviewed.
  • Reflections shall be 4 pages maximum and will be selected by the chairs.

You can download last year’s conference proceedings at the conference website!

Important Dates: 

  • Deadline for the submission of papers and workshop proposals: 12 December 2011
  • Conference: 3-4 May 2012

Further Information


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eGovernment of Tomorrow as seen by Sweden

12. January 2010 – 13:31 by Eric Legale

Vinnova, the Swedish Governmenal Agency for Innovation Systems published “eGovernment of Tomorrow”. In this report, four scenarios are presented for eGovernment in 2020 with the main idea that in the future public participation will grow and trust in government and society will be important.

It is very interesting to read what can imagine the swedish agency: from the idea that “Government goes private” because a private actor emerges with efficiency to the idea of co-production with a strong participation in communities from Government, it is a new style of Government which emerge.

Can we imagine something like a new service “Google Government” in the future?
Or an emerging “Big Brother society” where people felt that, on balance, improved services outweighed the risk to personal integrity?

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Malmö open balance – information briefing

13. November 2009 – 10:01 by Civil College

I think, most of us can feel the hot air breezing us during thes days. I have just hit the engaging film from ConnectedRepublic supporting EUPS20, the declaration, which if you did not sign, it is high time, just now. I think all of us wishes it’s sucess, but have you tweeted about it today? Or called your facebook friends attention to it?

Above all scepticism of social media enthusiasm, there is really many things going on. Have you heard about, that OpenID biggest government boost is happening – according to Dana Blankenhorn, by the U.S. government endorsment of OpenID.

However, Malmö is a great city, with a lot of openness.  The Garaget, a historical place for civil movements and an innovative social solution of the City, is offering the really warm role of being the host of this event: First Popular European Egovernment Conference, which is taking place in Malmö, paralell to the 5th Ministerial Conference on Egovernment – more in a  Pecha Kucha / Unconference style, offering open spaces for discussion and agenda setting.

These events forerunner is the eGovernment Research and Innovation Conference , happening just right before these events.

Watching US NOW is good warmup. Do check it out, if you have not seen it.

It is obvious now I hope for everybody reading this blog, that the really intersting things are happening on two fronts. Most of us understands, that the open(source) community workers by hacking codes and fixing bugs are good citizens. Or more than good – they also share freely what they have back to the community. And those, who are going there and opening a space for discussion on the topic, they are partners for creating better governance. For now, the Swedish Minister, Mats Odell has confirmed his presence, according to the website of the Ministerial Conference thruogh Magnus Kolsjo‘s tweet.

I wish, that the social and scientifical openness will meet with good cultre.  Just as the Minister for Local Governments and Financial Market says on his site:

“I want to ditch the unwritten law that keeps us from standing out from the crowd and make way for the Ingvar Kamprads of tomorrow and other dynamic people – for a society that will harness your creativity and your potential, so as to benefit you and other people.”

Check out the conference twitter page here:

and look for the hashtags #malmo09 and #egov2009

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Pre-registration for “eGovernment Research and Innovation: Empowering Citizens through Government Services across Sectors and Borders” now open

2. September 2009 – 12:30 by Danish Technological Institute

As you may know a pre-conference to the 5th Ministerial eGovernment Conference 2009 is under preparation. The conference is hosted under the Swedish Presidency of the EU, and is arranged by Vinnova, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, and the City of Malmö.

Under the title “eGovernment Research and Innovation: Empowering Citizens through Government Services across Sectors and Borders” the aim of the pre-conference is to demonstrate actual use of and potential of eGovernment research and incorporate the following themes:

  • Empowering citizens and businesses
  • Enhancing opportunities for businesses and citizens in the internal market
  • Efficiency and effectiveness in all government services
  • Citizen dialogue

As you see the pre-conference is directly linked to the topics of the 5th Ministerial eGovernment Conference: Teaming up for the eUnion (, 19-10 November, also in Malmö. The Ministerial eGovernment Conference – like the European eGovernment Awards 2009 ( presented at an integrated exhibition of the 52 Awards finalists and a ceremony on 19 November announcing this year’s winners – focus on eGovernment supporting the Single Market, eGovernment services empowering citizens and businesses as well as eGovernment enabling administrative efficiency and effectiveness.

The key-note address will be delivered by Swedish Minister for Local Government and Financial Markets, Mr Mats Odell and a dinner will be hosted by Vinnova and City of Malmö in the evening at the old City Hall.

The conference is by invitation only and places are limited, but you are encouraged to register your interest in participating on (see pre-registration). Here you will also find the programme and further practical information.

Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen/Danish Technological Institute

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An eGovernment Survey among Austrian Municipalities

23. June 2009 – 14:13 by Centre for E-Government

In 2002 the Austrian Association of Municipalities (Österreichischer Gemeindebund) authorized the Danube University Krems, Austria with the execution of a paper and pencil survey among all Austrian municipalities. As a result, a methodology was created which ultimately led to the establishment of In 2008 the Austrian Association of Municipalities decided to repeat the survey, this time with an online questionnaire. Highest priority lay on comparability of results between 2008 and 2002 which did not permit fundamental redesigning.

In total, 30 questions were asked, some of them with sub-questions. The questions concentrated on these areas:

  • General statistical questions: number of employees and those engaged in IT management
  • ICT infrastructure: network and connection speed, available hardware, security appliances
  • Municipal web site and electronic services: What (e)Services are available?
  • Austrian eGovernment core components, such as possession and application of an eID citizen card, availability of a municipal web site under governmental domain, electronic (signable) forms, electronic delivery
  • Degree of electronic process management: Email for starting/closing an inquiry
  • The most frequent processes of the municipality throughout the year
  • General opinion towards ICT and eGovernment projects: Do eGovernment applications help to get daily work done more easily? Which projects are planned?

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Digital Government Society of North America: E-Government Master Library

25. May 2009 – 11:24 by Centre for E-Government

For any of you interested or working in the area of eGovernment, this may be of use to you -

The Digital Government Society of North America is making available to members and non-members the version 5.0 (May 2009) of the E-Government Master Library in EndNote TM (Version X2) XML format or a Package Version in ZIP format. An alphabetically sorted (by first author names) PDF printout of all references is also included in the downloadable ZIP file.

The library currently contains 3,090 references of predominantly English language, peer-reviewed work. The library has been cleaned, and some 300 references were removed, since they did not meet the inclusion criteria or were undetected duplicates. The library now contains 3,090 entries, a net increase of 21.79 % over version 3.2 (July 2008). We continued detecting older work, which has been added. Also, 345 entries (11.16 %) published in 2008 were included.

Check your own publications for inclusion and correctness.

The link can be found under

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Brief presentation of new italian associate member

16. February 2009 – 11:58 by Sabrina Franceschini

The Emilia-Romagna Regional Government was accepted like new associate member in the network. Thank you to the coordinator and to the other members!

First of all I give you a brief presentation about our strategy and plan in the field of eGovernment and eParticipation.

The Emilia-Romagna always considered the development of the information society as one of the new and most important aspects to think about and shape the future. For these reason, the Regional Government consider strategic the development of the new information and communication technologies, as well as an advanced use of these from citizens, enterprises and public administration, who can exploit a lot of opportunities, both in their relations with citizens and during its everyday work. Most importantly, development of an information society is for the Regional Government not only a technological matter, but also, and first of all, growth of a new education and a digital culture for everybody, fighting against the “digital divide”. Read the rest of this entry »

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New international conference on eParticipation and call for contributions, September 2009

4. December 2008 – 12:59 by Danish Technological Institute

Received a piece of news concerning a new international conference on eParticipation which may be of interest to you.

As some of you probably know, 2009 will be the first time, ePart, a new International Conference on eParticipation (, will take place following the 8th international EGOV conference 2009 (part of the DEXA conference cluster, ePart is dedicated to topics on eParticipation and eDemocracy. ePart will take place 3-4 September 2009 in Linz (AT), i.e. right after EGOV conference 30 August to 2 September 2009 with which ePart will be co-located.

A call for papers and workshops/panels is published for both the 2009 ePart and (EGOV

Contributions may be in the form of scientific papers (distinguishing between completed research and ongoing research), project presentations, and workshops. Each format encourages scientific rigor and discussions of the state-of-the-art, innovative research in progress, studies of practical eGovernment/eGovernance, eParticipation and eDemocracy projects, as well as system implementations.

Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) Ongoing research and project papers will be published in the Trauner (Linz, AT) proceedings.

Important dates include:

  • Submission of papers:  28 February 2009
  • Submission of workshop/panel proposals: 15 April 2009
  • Submission of PhD projects:  15 April 2009
  • Notification of acceptance for papers: 15 April 2009
  • Notification of workshops/panels/PhD projects: 15 May 2009
  • EGOV conference: 30 August to 2 September 2009
  • ePart conference: 3-4 September 2009

Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen, Danish Technological Institute

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“The administration gets blogging”

7. July 2008 – 10:09 by Renate Mitterhuber

That was the title of a workshop at a major Germany-wide conference in Leipzig with almost 1000 participants from public administrations. Topics during the two-day conference centred on the theme of eGovernment. Among the subjects discussed were trends and strategies of eGovernment in the future, acceptance (or otherwise) by users, and ways of improving the current situation in Germany.

I have been involved in the Hamburg administration for the past seven years with the issues of eGovernment and eParticipation and since October 2005 have been in charge of the department responsible for the strategic long-term establishment of these topics in the Hamburg administration as a whole. So it was with happy anticipation that I made my way – slightly late – to the upstairs room in the spanking new futuristic building on the outskirts of Leipzig to improve my blogging skills.

The first surprise was that there were only five members of public administrations sitting in front of their PCs and busily practising constructing blogs and using administrative tools to put them into practical use. Two participants were from the same organisation, and one had to leave early because his boss called him away. That left just four administrations at this conference that had expressed any interest in using this no longer terribly new method of interaction. Read the rest of this entry »