Volume 54 (July 2013)

Welcome to dgOnline, the electronic newsletter of the Digital Government Society. dgOnline is a quarterly summary of news and events of interest to the DG community.  To submit material for inclusion in future issues, please send email to Gabriel Puron-Cid at newsletter@dgsociety.org

In this Issue:

  • DGSNA news
  • News
  • Research
  • Best Practices
  • Conferences and Calls for Participation
  • Job Opportunities
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Other Resources

DGSNA News

14th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research proceedings are now available

Marking its 14th year, the 2013 International Conference on Digital Government Research took place at Laval University in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, June 17-20, 2013. We had participants from 20 countries around the world. The conference program focused on research and practice related to the adoption of smart technologies by governments, citizens as well as private and non-profit organizations. This year's conference featured:

  • Keynote presentations by leading digital government researchers and practitioners;
  • 30 papers in six tracks (Emerging Topics; Organizational Factors, Adoption Issues and Digital Government Impacts; Smart Cities and Smart Work; Smart Government Technologies; Social Media and Government; and Transformation and Open Government);
  • Panel sessions on key topics such as big data and scholarly publishing in digital government research;
  • Innovative workshops and tutorials on topics such as Smart Cities and Smart Governments, Open Data, Text Analytics, and Visual Analytics; and
  • Doctoral colloquium.

The conference proceedings are available through the ACM Digital Library as part of the International Conference Proceedings series.

Pictures taken during the conference can be found here

Plans for the 2014 conference (dg.o2014) are underway and will be announced shortly.

14th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research Best Paper and Poster Awards

During the 2013 Digital International Conference on Digital Government Research (dg.o2013), two best paper awards were announced: 

  1. Best Research Paper. Luis F. Luna-Reyes and J. Ramon Gil-Garcia. Understanding the Co-Evolution of Institutions, Technology, and Organizations: The Enactment of the State Government Portal of Puebla.
  2. Best Management/Policy Paper. Djoko Sigit Sayogo and Theresa Pardo. Understanding Smart Data Disclosure Policy Success: The Case of Green Button.

The Best Poster award went to Soon Ae Chun and Francisco Artigas "Tide Gate Sensor Network as a Forensic Tool: Establishing Facts during Superstorm Sandy"

Congratulations to the 2013 Best Paper and Poster award recipients!

News

New Features on Flickr (06/21/2013) 

Flickr recently released a new look. Full bleed, full resolution photos in a justified grid layout have replaced Flickr’s thumbnails and white space. In a way, Flickr looks more like Pinterest now.

http://blog.howto.gov/2013/06/21/new-features-on-flickr/

What’s in a Name Does Matter (07/01/2013)

Names matter and thanks to the efforts of GobiernoUSA and ANLE_US some of the confusion in federal communications has been improved with the Publication of the Official Directory of Spanish Names for Federal Agencies.

http://blog.howto.gov/2013/07/01/whats-in-a-name-does-matter-2/

Tour Data.gov 2.0 (06/24/2013)

Data.gov launched its new open-source Data.gov 2.0 catalog (catalog.data.gov), Based on CKAN, a data management platform used by many open-data catalogs around the world, Data.gov’s raw datasets, tools and geospatial datasets are now  in one place.

http://blog.howto.gov/2013/06/24/tour-data-gov-2-0/

Research

Disruptive Technologies that Will Change the Way We Work (06/17/2013) 

A recent report on Disruptive Technologies from McKinsey & Company predicts a number of evolving technologies that will have the biggest impact in the next decade or so, including for government agencies. 

http://blog.howto.gov/2013/06/17/or/

The Use of Data Visualization in Government (06/2013)

Report by the IBM Center for the Business of Government helps public sector managers understand data visualization. This report provides:

  • An introduction to data visualization in government
  • The tools being used to produce data visualization, and
  • Case studies of how data visualization is being effectively created and used at the federal, state, and local levels

http://www.businessofgovernment.org/sites/default/files/The%20Use%20of%20Visualization%20in%20Government.pdf

Smartphone Ownership 2013 (06/2013)

 A majority of Americans now own a smartphone of some kind, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project.  As of May 2013:

  • 91% of American adults have a cell phone
  • 56% of American adults have a smartphone, and 
  • 34% of American adults own a tablet computer

http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2013/Smartphone-Ownership-2013.aspx

Social Media is Hard:The 2013 Landscape of Social Networks in One Infographic (07/08/20134)

A visual map of the social media landscape showing dominant and promising social networks and how they are used in everyday life.

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20130702182512-2293140-social-media-is-hard-the-landscape-of-social-networks-in-one-infographic

Best Practices

Making Mobile Matter (06/2013) 

GovLoop report highlights how agencies can effectively implement an enterprise wide mobile strategy. The report looks at : 

  • Strategies to create mobile apps for employees, 
  • The importance of mobile device management services, 
  • Enterprise app stores, and 
  • The impact of mobile on the IT community

http://img.en25.com/Web/GovDeliveryInc/%7b9df6d189-3a92-4498-8ed4-f7282905bb29%7d_Making_Mobile_Matterfinal.pdf

There's A Snippet for That: Mobile Code Sharing Catalog (07/12/2013)

Mobile implementers now have a new resource to help them/ make content and services available anytime, anywhere, and from any device–the federal Mobile Code Sharing Catalog. Sign up for this webinar and you’ll walk away with an understanding of how to use the Mobile Code Sharing Catalog and how it can help your agency’s mobile efforts.

http://www.howto.gov/training/classes/mobile-code-sharing-catalog

Social Media Performance Metrics: Measuring Depth (07/02/2013)

In/ this 30–minute webinar, you'll:

  • Get a walk through and basic understanding of Depth metrics
  • Specific resources and tools to measure your efforts
  • Case studies and examples of Depth metrics 

http://www.howto.gov/training/classes/social-media-performance-metrics-measuring-depth

Designing a Better Customer Survey (07/27/2013)

Surveys can be a useful and efficient way to collect information from people on almost any topic, but only if they are designed using proven methodologies. A poorly designed survey may result in unusable or misleading data, so it’s critical to design the survey well, since even slight differences in question type or wording can significantly impact your results. 

In this presentation, you’ll learn about the process of creating a survey, and some best practices for writing effective survey questions. This webinar will focus on surveys for user-experience research, but the lessons can be applied to any customer survey efforts at your agency.

http://www.howto.gov/training/classes/designing-a-better-customer-survey

User Experience Wikithon (06/18/2013) 

You’ve got 10 seconds to impress a user with your mobile product. Learn how to create amazing and engaging Mobile Gov User Experiences during our Mobile Gov User Experience Wikithon, Thursday, June 27.5 Steps for Delivering Better Customer Experience (06/19/2013) 

http://howtomobile.apps.gov/

5 Steps for Delivering a Better Customer Experience (06/19/2013)

Customer experience–referred to in the industry as “CX”–is more than just a product.  It’s about the perception your customer has every time they interact with your office, your agency or any product within your organization. 

http://blog.howto.gov/2013/06/19/5-steps-for-delivering-a-better-customer-experience/

6 Easy Ways to Improve User Experience on Websites (6/28/2013)  

If you’re in the early stages of designing — or redesigning — your website, don’t miss these easy, “almost-no-budget-needed” steps you can take to ensure your users will be happier (or at least less frustrated). 

http://blog.howto.gov/2013/06/28/6-way-to-improve-web-user-experience/

Game for Change (07/05/2013) 

Online gaming’s appeal to people of all ages, especially the youth holds immense potential to create a self-motivating mechanism for engaging citizens around the world.

http://www.igovernment.in/node/45442

MobileGov for Independence Day (07/05/2013)

Anytime, anywhere government apps that can help make celebrating the United States easier and more fun. So if you’re: 

Grilling out or having a picnic use Ask Karen http://apps.usa.gov/ask-karen.shtml

Traveling use myTSA, or http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/my-tsa-mobile-application

Exploring the national capital region use the National Park Service’s National Mall app

http://apps.usa.gov/nps-national-mall.shtml

What We’ve Learned: Three Years of Answering Questions on Social Media (07/08/2013) 

Think gov doesn't engage on social media? Think again: USA gov has for years and shares tips. 

http://blog.howto.gov/2013/07/02/what-weve-learned-three-years-of-answer...

5 Myths About Social Media Accessibility (06/26/2013) 

Mario Damiani, chair of the Social Media Accessibility Working Group, highlights myths regarding social media accessibility.

http://blog.howto.gov/2013/06/26/5-myths-about-social-media-accessibility/

Conferences and Call for Participation

Call for Papers: Innovation through Open Data

Special issue of the Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research

Guest Editors: Marijn Janssen, J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Natalie Helbig, Anneke Zuiderwijk

The Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research is planning a special issue on Innovation through Open Data.

The opening of data has been hailed for its innovative capacity and transformative power. Over the last years, many politicians, companies, scientists, and citizen communities have paid considerable attention to the demand of opening data of both public and private organizations. An important event in this context was the release of the EU Public Sector Information (PSI) directive in 2003, in which a common legislative framework was presented, which regulates making data of public sector bodies available for re-use[1]. In 2009, the Obama Administration stated that its primary goal was the establishment of an unprecedented level of openness of the Government[2] and published an Open Government Directive some months afterwards[3]. Building on former policies, the European Commission has recently presented an Open Data Strategy for Europe, in which more evident rules on making the best use of government-held information are presented[4]. In 2012, the Obama Administration published the Digital Government Strategy, which aims to 1) enable the American people to access high-quality digital government information and services anywhere, anytime, on any device; 2) seize the opportunity to procure and manage devices, applications, and data in smart, secure and affordable ways; and 3) unlock the power of government data to spur innovation and improve the quality of services for the American people[5].

In addition to these policy documents, various studies have shown that opening data by public and private organizations has considerable potential to provide citizens, researchers, companies and other stakeholders with many advantages, such as a growing economy by stimulating innovation, developing new businesses and obtaining new insights in the public and private sector by creating new ways of understanding problems and interpreting data. Open data enable new ventures to develop new business models and innovative services. Often the added value is generated from combining multiple sources.

Open data have the potential to enable different types of innovation, such as innovation through the provision, processing and use of open data, innovation through open data technologies, and innovation through impact and public value creation from open data initiatives (transparency, accountability and collaborative governance approaches). Open data can contribute to open government. However, although open data research is performed increasingly, research about the way innovation can take place through open data is still lacking. For this reason, innovation through open data is the main focus of this Special Issue.

SUBJECT COVERAGE

We specifically encourage papers related to innovation with open data. Particular topics to be addressed might include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Open data provision and use

  • Barriers, costs and benefits of open data provision and use;
  • National and international challenges and opportunities for open data;
  • Requirements, principles and strategies for publishing and using open data;
  • Practice of open data; innovative ways of publishing and using open data;
  • Privacy and provenance issues; reliability and trustworthiness of open data;
  • Comparative studies; comparisons of open data initiatives;
  • Case studies for domain/sector-specific open data strategies (smart cities, environmental and geospatial research, social media);
  • Open data usability, user interaction and case studies with lessons learned;
  • Open innovation for public services;
  • Legal, licensing and political issues: creative commons vs. copyright, freedom of information, information sharing, data visualization;
  • Open data policies, strategies; policy guidelines and frameworks;
  • Benchmarks and metrics in open data usage.

 2. Open data technologies

  • Information systems and services for open data gathering and provision;
  • Technical frameworks and platforms of open data/access;
  • Mashing platforms;
  • Open data formats;
  • Application Programming Interfaces (APIs);
  • Metadata;
  • Data linking;
  • Semantic technologies;
  • Open data infrastructures, open data platforms;
  • Open access.

 3. Impact of open data initiatives

  • Public value and benefit creation and realization, such as transparency, public participation and accountability);
  • Open government, collaborative governance approaches involving the use of open data; open participation;
  • Open data and citizen participation in information gathering / crowdsourcing; open data policy-making and co-creation;
  • Business models, marketplaces and crowdsourcing platforms for open data;
  • Linking data, innovative services and applications;
  • Evaluation of open data initiatives;
  • Government transformation, process reengineering.

 NOTES FOR INTENDING AUTHORS

 We are seeking original manuscripts on conceptual and methodological issues related to research on innovation through open data, as well as papers which report on the results of empirical research in the field. Papers can focus on particular open data initiatives or a particular type or category of open data, as well as more general outcomes. Both qualitative and quantitative research can be submitted.

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Author guidelines can be found at http://www.jtaer.com/author_guidelines.doc. All submissions will be refereed by at least three reviewers. Submissions should be directed by email to jtaer.open.data@utalca.cl.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING WEB SITE: HTTP://WWW.JTAER.COM.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Full paper submission: 1 August 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 October 2013
  • Revised submission: 1 November 2013
  • Final acceptance notification: 15 November 2013
  • Camera ready version of paper: 15 December 2013
  • Publication: April 2014

DC-2013 Special W3C-Sponsored Session on Vocabulary Preservation

"Long-term Preservation and Governance of RDF Vocabularies"

Special session, DC-2013, Lisbon, 3 September

DC-2013 WEBSITE: http://purl.org/dcevents/dc-2013

DC-2013 DATES: 2-6 September 2013

DC-2013 PLACE: Lisbon, Portugal

 

The oldest RDF vocabularies in existence are just fifteen years old.  It is time to look systematically at how ownership and responsibility for today's vocabularies will pass to the next generation.  DCMI and W3C are sponsoring a special session at the DC-2013 conference in Lisbon on 3 September about the long-term preservation and governance of RDF vocabularies [1].

This session focuses on issues related to the usability of RDF vocabularies in the long term (as defined in "decades") -- continued access to documentation, inheritance of ownership and maintenance responsibility, and the continued resolvability of domain names.  What role might memory institutions play in the long-term preservation of vocabularies?

A discussion paper has been prepared as a starting point for this session [2], and readers are welcome to post comments or suggestions on the DC-VOCABULARY mailing list ([3], sign up at [4]).

[1] http://dcevents.dublincore.org/IntConf/index/pages/view/vocPres

[2] http://wiki.dublincore.org/index.php/Vocabulary_Preservation_discussion_...

[3] https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=DC-VOCABULARY

[4] https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?SUBED1=DC-VOCABULARY&A=1

DC-2013/iPRES-2013 conferences EARLY REGISTRATION extended to 15 July

iPRES-2013 and DC-2013 (Dublin Core) are co-locating on 2-6 September 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal at the Instituto Superior Técnico. A unique common registration provides full access to both the conference programs and digital proceedings. Keynotes will be held in shared iPRES/Dublin Core plenary sessions, and papers sessions specific of each conference will run in parallel.  Tutorials, per-conference events, and workshops are cross-listed for both conferences, and require registration.  Keynote speaker Gildas Illien will address the common goals, values and points of intersection of the preservation and metadata communities in "Darling, Can We Talk" (Keynote Asbtract:http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/IntConf/index/pages/view/keynotes-2013#Illien).

iPRES-2013, 10th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON PRESERVATION OF DIGITAL OBJECTS *** emphasizes the significance of preserving scientific and cultural digital heritage across institutional and disciplinary boundaries.  iPRES 2013  will further strengthen the link between digital preservation research and practitioners in memory institutions and scientific data centers.

DC-2013, LINKING TO THE FUTURE *** explores questions regarding the persistence, maintenance, and preservation of metadata and descriptive vocabularies. The need for stable representations and descriptions spans all sectors including cultural heritage and scientific data, eGovernment, finance and commerce. Thus, the maintenance and management of metadata is essential to address the long term availability of information of legal, cultural and economic value.

Dublin Core Conference website: http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/IntConf/dc-2013/

Dublin Core Program:  http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/IntConf/index/pages/view/program-2013

REGISTER NOW (Early registration extended to 15 July):  

  http://ipres2013.ist.utl.pt/registration.html

     OR

  http://dcevents.dublincore.org/index.php/IntConf/index/pages/view/registration-2013 

Call for Chapters: Springer book on User-Centric Technology Design for Nonprofit and Civic Engagements (Proposal Submission: 15 July 2013)

A Book Edited by Dr. Saqib Saeed (Bahria University Islamabad, Pakistan)

To be published by Springer Public Administration and Information TechnologySeries http://www.springer.com/series/10796

Recently Non-profit settings have got attention of general public as state institutions are reducing their responsibilities towards citizens. In order to indulge in effective work, such social settings need to communicate and coordinate effectively. However, such settings are typically characterized by a lack of resources, an absence of formal hierarchical structures and differences in languages and culture among the activists. Modern technologies could help nonprofit networks in improving their working. Technology support for nonprofit sector is an important field of research not only due to the increased political importance of this sector in a globalizing world but also due to their organizational characteristics. In order to design appropriate technological support for such settings, it is important to understand their work practices, which widely differ from traditional business organizations.

This book aims to strengthen the body of knowledge by providing user studies and concepts related to user centered technology design process for nonprofit settings. Ethnographic studies and user-centered evaluation of IT artifacts in practice, will help to better understand the design requirements of such settings. This book will include chapters from leading scholars and practitioners on the technology design process examining human centered factors. The chapters will focus on developed and developing countries as they both have unique issues in technology design.

The objective of the proposed book is to invite ideas, suggestions and recommendations and publish high quality contributions examining the inherent issues, technology design implications, user experiences and guidelines for technology appropriation in non-profit settings.

Recommended Topics and Themes

Topics to be discussed in this book include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Technology Appropriation in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Empirical Studies of Technology Usage in Nonprofit Settings
  • Open Sources Systems and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Web 2.0 and Nonprofit Organizations
  • Evaluation of IT Systems in Practice
  • Technology based Collaboration among Nonprofit Organizations
  • Technology for Advocacy and Mobilization Campaigns
  • Technology based Communication among Nonprofit Stakeholders
  • IT and Knowledge Management in Nonprofit Settings
  • System Usability Issues of Nonprofit Settings

Important dates and deadlines

  • Proposal Submission: 15 July 2013
  • Proposal Acceptance/Rejection Notification: 20 July 2013
  • Full Chapter Submission: 15 August 2013

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:

Dr. Saqib Saeed

e-mail: saqib.saeed@gmail.com

Call for papers : e-Government Efficiency and Return-Of-Investment (IJPADA) 

Proposal Submission Due Date: August 10, 2013

PAPER SUBMISSION DUE DATE: October 31, 2013

SPECIAL ISSUE ON e-Government Efficiency and Return-of-Investment

International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)

Guest Editor: Leonidas G. Anthopoulos

Technological Education Institute of Thessaly, Greece

INTRODUCTION: e-Government evolution has been based on ambitious strategies and on extensive funding on complex programmes in order to achieve in contextual objectives: simplified access to public services; openness; accountability; transparency; citizen engagement. In U.S.A. only, Federal Government has invested an annual amount of $70 billion on ICT during the last decade. However, the outcomes from these investments are questioned. For instance, in Europe the objective of the 20 common public services that has been identified in 1999 under the e-Europe strategies, has not yet been achieved by all member States. On the other hand, citizen expectations have not been met and e-Government adoption is low at an average international level. Various investigations (i.e., by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI)) show a steady but low improvement regarding citizen expectations, which cannot be easily justified by the invested capitals.

Enterprises evaluate the efficiency of an investment with various methods, such as Net Present Value, Return of Investment etc. Although Governments do not invest with similar perspectives to the private sector, scholars argue about the earned value from e-Government investments, while it is important to evaluate Government efficiency and e-Government outcomes’ achievement compared to the invested capitals.

OBJECTIVE OF THE SPECIAL ISSUE: This issue aims to collect and present recent findings with regard to e-Government progress and to explain whether a return-of-investment (ROI) method or other similar methods are appropriate to be applied on e-Government spending evaluation. More specifically, it aims to answer the following questions:

  • How much Governments are being or have been invested on e-Government in different countries or regions?
  • How differently international organizations (i.e., United Nations, OECD, World Bank, European Commission etc.) measure e-Government efficiency?
  • How can e-Government success be measured with regard to public spending?
  • What measures/indexes are appropriate to measure Government efficiency’s change with regard to e-Government?
  • Has e-Government spending resulted in a better Government?

These questions become more important to be answered due to the recent fiscal recession, which influences political decisions regarding public investments.

RECOMMENDED TOPICS:

Topics to be discussed in this special issue include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Accountability, openness, transparency and public service progress with regard to e-Government investments.
  • Measuring e-Government efficiency, success and adoption
  • Case Studies regarding e-Government investments
  • E-Government program management
  • Government investment evaluation methods
  • e-Government earned value measurement methods

 SUBMISSION PROCEDURE: 

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on e-Government Efficiency and Return-of-Investment on or before October 31, 2013. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/Files/AuthorEditor/guidelinessubmission.pdf.  All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

All submissions should be should be directed to the attention of:

Leonidas G. Anthopoulos

Guest Editor

International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA)

E-mail: lanthopo@teilar.gr

Call for Chapter Proposal Springer Book

In the last years, cities are becoming smart not only in terms of the way we can automate routine functions serving individual persons, buildings, traffic systems but in ways that enable us to monitor, understand, analyse and plan the city to improve the efficiency, equity and quality of life for its citizens in real time. Some authors indicate that smart cities is a policy concept in Europe designed to mobilize all knowledge centers into innovation hubs in order to strengthen the socio-economic progress in EU Member States. Nonetheless, although several attempts have been made at formulating a definition of the Smart City, this term is a fuzzy concept that is not used consistently within the literature. It has made some authors to think that the concept of smart city has many faces and it should be defined in relation to different perspectives or characteristics.

Up to now, studies have been focused mainly on business-led urban development, on the social inclusion agenda, on the role of creative industries in urban growth, on the importance of social capital in urban development and on the urban sustainability.    Nonetheless, the need for technologies to be smarter is not just in the way they make it possible for cities to be intelligent (as an institutional agent) in generating capital and creating wealth, but in the ways they operate their governments.

Governments are, therefore, called to be main actors in the development of smart cities because, among others, they must take decisions on the implementation of e-government projects in order to introduce intelligent systems for processing documents and for improving the management of different governmental processes. 

RECOMMENDED TOPICS AND THEMES

The book seeks to answer some research questions such as:

    a) What is the role of governments in promoting Smart Cities?     b) How must governments be transformed to promote Smart Cities?     c) What are the effects of e-government projects on developing Smart Cities?     d) What are the incentives for promoting Smart Cities from the point of view of public policies?

Therefore, the proposed book intends to include, but is not limited to, chapters in the following broad topics and themes:

  1. Theoretical foundations of Smart Cities (literature review on this subject could be also accepted).
  2. Theoretical and/or empirical studies about the dimensions of Smart Cities under the Governmental Context.
  3. Theoretical and/or empirical studies about the role of Governments in promoting Smart Cities’ projects.
  4. Empirical studies dedicated to the analysis of e-government experiences and their effects on Smart Cities.
  5. Analysis about how governments can push the promotion of Smart Cities’ development.
  6. Comparative studies on Smart Cities and the role of governments in those cities.
  7. Measurement of the level of government implication in Smart Cities’ projects.
  8. Regulations and public policies used for promoting Smart Cities projects.
  9. Empirical analysis on elements that make Smart Cities to be successful.

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 30th, 2013, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by November 20th, 2013 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by January 31st, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

PAPER REQUIREMENTS

Papers accepted must be copyedited by an English copy-editor to make sure that an author's raw text, or copy, is correct in terms of spelling and grammar and is easy to read so that readers can grasp his or her ideas. In addition, papers must follow APA style for writing and reference citations.

PUBLISHER

This book is scheduled to be published by Springer Science and Business Media, publisher of the Public Administration and Information Technology (http://www.springer.com/series/10796) book series. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

  • September 30, 2013: Proposal Submission Deadline
  • November 20, 2013: Notification of Proposal Acceptance
  • January 31, 2014: Full Chapter Submission
  • March 1, 2014: Reviewer Comments
  • April 15, 2014: Revised Chapter submission along with Response to Reviewer Comments
  • May 15, 2014: Notification of Chapter Acceptance
  • May 31, 2014: Final Chapter Submission along with signed Copyright Agreement
  • June 1, 2014: Final Deadline

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Prof. Manuel Pedro Rodríguez Bolívar

Department of Accounting and Finance,

University of Granada, Spain

e-mail: manuelp@ugr.esIf 

CALL FOR PAPERS: International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age

MISSION OF IJPADA:Prospective authors are invited to submit manuscripts for possible publication in the International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age (IJPADA). The mission of IJPADA is to examine the impact of information technology (IT) on public and nonprofit organizations.

Through its mission IJPADA examines the impact of IT on reforming and changing public and nonprofit organizations. This journal compares the adoption of IT in public and nonprofit organizations in developed and developing countries.

IJPADA will examine emerging and innovative technologies and their adoption in public and nonprofit organizations. This journal also examines differences in the adoption of IT in private and public sector organizations.

RECOMMENDED TOPICS:

Topics to be discussed in this journal include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Administrative law and IT
  • Digital divide
  • E-Governance
  • E-Government
  • Emergency management and IT
  • Emerging technologies in the public sector
  • Environment policy and IT
  • Internet and public administration
  • Leadership and IT
  • Mobile technology and government
  • Nonprofit fundraising and IT
  • Nonprofit management and IT
  • Political institutions and processes and IT adoption
  • Public budgeting and finance and IT
  • Public human resource management and information systems
  • Public management and IT
  • Public policy and IT
  • Public sector organizational change and IT
  • Urban management/planning and IT
 

SUBMITTING TO IJPADA: Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished articles will be considered. INTERESTED AUTHORS MUST CONSULT THE JOURNAL'S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at http://www.igi-global.com/Files/AuthorEditor/guidelinessubmission.pdf

PRIOR TO SUBMISSION: All article submissions will be forwarded to at least three members of the Editorial Review Board of the journal for double-blind, peer review. Final decision regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be based on the reviews received from the reviewers. All submissions must be forwarded electronically to chris.reddick@utsa.edu.

PUBLISHER: The International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age

(IJPADA) is published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference", "Business Science Reference", and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.igi-global.com.

All inquiries and submissions should be should be directed to the attention of:

Christopher G. Reddick, The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA Editor-in-Chief International Journal of Public Administration in the Digital Age

E-mail: chris.reddick@utsa.edu

www.igi-global.com/IJPADA

Public Administration and Information Technology Book Series (Springer)

The editor of this book series entitled, Public Administration and Information Technology, is looking for contributions. This series publishes authored and edited books that examine the application of information systems to common issues and problems in public administration. This series examines both the successes of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) adoption and some of the most important challenges to implementation. The books published in this series will address all areas of public administration, through the use of information technology adoption in the public and nonprofit sectors, and in the private sector where important lessons can be learned for public managers and policy analysts. New and emerging technologies that will have a lasting impact on public administration will be featured in this series. Both developed and developing countries will be examined in this series. The series particularly welcomes books that cover international dimensions of public administration and information technology. The research in this series will be able to bridge both theory and practice to provide relevance to public managers. The series will cover all aspects of e-governance/e-government research, and new and emerging trends and issues in this research. The series publishes edited books, monographs, upper-level textbooks and research handbooks. If you are interested in submitted a book proposal, for either an authored or edited book, please let me know.  Details on the book series are below and can also be found on the website (http://www.springer.com/series/10796). The first book published in the series is entitled, Web 2.0 Technologies and Democratic Governance. Other forthcoming titles will appear soon. For authors interested in submitting a book proposal, please email the editor. Prof. Christopher Reddick, The University Texas at San Antonio, USA, chris.reddick@utsa.edu

 

Job opportunities 

Position Announcement - DERI, NUI Galway - eGovernment group

The Domain for e-Government research group at DERI invites applications for Research Assistant, PhD and Master positions. DERI is the largest Semantic Web research organization in the world. It offers a stimulating, dynamic, multi-cultural research environment with excellent ties to research groups and industry worldwide. The e-Government group explores how semantic and social technologies can be used to support and improve government in the provision of public services and policy making. DERI’s e-Government group has participated in many successful European projects under the FP7, FP6, e-Participation Preparatory Action, Lifelong Learning and CIP programs. The group is active in the following areas:

  • Open government, transparency, and collaboration
  • Participative governance and policy modelling
  • Linked Data publication, modelling and analysis
  • Public service optimisation]
  • Interoperability, architectures and standards in networked government
  • Knowledge management, information sharing, semantics, and ontologies
  • Cloud computing for governments
  • Social media analysis

For more information, visit http://www.deri.ie/about/jobs#67

 

Funding opportunities

Mexico

For funding opportunities in Mexico, please check the website of the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT). The CONACYT performs the role in Mexico as the National Science Foundation in the U.S. Here is the direct link to new calls: http://www.conacyt.mx/Convocatorias/Paginas/default.aspx

 

Other Resources 

E-Government Reference Library (EGRL 8.0) Published - now with 5,050 References

Dr. Hans Jochen Scholl and group published version 8.0 of the e-Gov Reference Library (EGRL), which now contains 5,050 references of predominantly English language, peer-reviewed work in the study domains of electronic government and electronic governance. The number of qualifying references in the library has increased by 376, or 8 percent over version 7.5 (December 15, 2011). The e-Gov Reference Library has developed into an indispensable tool for e-Gov scholars. In particular, reviewing paper submissions was reported to now heavily rely on this reference library. Packaged in a 10 MB zip file, bibTeX, EndNote, and Zotero versions along with PDF, text, and rtf versions are available. For further information please visit:http://faculty.washington.edu/jscholl/2012/06/13

 

Onlineitdegree.net a useful online resource

Onlineitdegree.net was created as an online informational resource for individuals looking to pursue IT Degree-related education and careers. Over the years, we have compiled a great many resources that span the realm of information science, including programming languages, computer software and software engineering, and information systems. Our goal with these resources is to contribute to and benefit one’s study of IT, whether in the classroom or professional world notwithstanding. In addition, we provide information on current job market trends and what educational paths would be sufficient for one looking to carve out a career in information technology.  You can find all the resources @ http://www.onlineitdegree.net