Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The new Research Roadmap for Governance and Policy Modelling

More than 100 policy makers, researchers and practitioners participated in the Workshop on the new Research Roadmap for Governance and Policy Modelling, which was organised by the CROSSROAD project on 27th September 2010, in conjunction with the ICT 2010 event in Brussels, Belgium.

The aim of the session was to create feedback and reach community consensus on the research roadmap on ICT for governance and policy modelling. In the first part of the session, Dimitris Askounis from NTUA presented the CROSSROAD project, followed by a presentation by David Osimo (Tech4i2) and Yannis Charalabidis (NTUA) on the Grand Challenges for research, that are:

Model-based collaborative governance to overcome the current fragmented and micro-level approach to policy modeling in which existing econometric models are unable to account for human behavior and unexpected events.

Data-powered collective intelligence and action to identify tools that allow for progressive forms of citizen involvement that deal with information overload and engage all pro-active as well as more passive citizens in policy making

Government service utility to reflect the future of digital public services that will be co-generated through the participation of administrations, enterprises and citizens, co-delivered, tailor-made and citizen-centric.

Scientific base of ICT-enabled governance  to lay the theoretical foundations of the domain, study the relations with neighboring domains and achieve scientific rigor and further evolution with the utilisation of future ICT capabilities.

The presentation was followed by a discussion and the validation / rating of the challenges by the participants, facilitated by the CROSSROAD Consortium members (Fenareti Lampathaki and George Gionis from NTUA, Katarzyna Szkuta from Tech4i2).
The session also included presentations of next activities and future research opportunities, by:
- Antonis Ramfos, INTRASOFT International
- Yael Dubinsky, IBM Research Haifa
- Richard Wilson,

For more information and participation in the discussion, please visit:

The CROSSROAD WebSite at:
The CROSSROAD LinkedIn Group at: CROSSROAD Group in Linkedin:

Greek Interoperability Centre visits IBM Research Labs in Haifa

The Greek Interoperability Centre and IBM Research examined common projects, research results and opportunities in a meeting in IBM Labs in Haifa, Israel, in September 2010.

The two organisations share common work in the areas of elctronic governance, future internet, cloud infrastructures and interopeability.

In picture, left, Yael Dubinsky (IBM Research) Yannis Charalabidis (GIC) and Gilad Saadoun (IBM Research) in Haifa Labs.

Cloud Infrastructures and Interoperability Track in MCIS 2010

The Track on Cloud Infrastructures and Interoperability was succesfully conducted on 12 September 2010, as a part of the 5th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems - MCIS 2010 in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

The track targeted novel approaches, methods, practices and tools for achieving interoperability in the provision of Digital Public Services, resulting into a significant increase of service quality for citizens and businesses, through utilizing cloud infrastructures. Specific importance was placed in multidisciplinary approaches, combining organizational, legal, semantic, technical and participative elements of interoperability, providing relative support by advanced information systems. The papers of the track were the following:

Policy Processes Support Through Interoperability With Social Media George Gionis - National Technical University of Athens, Yannis Charalabidis, Euripides Loukis - University of the Aegean,

Extracting Normative Content From Legal Texts Daniela Tiscornia and Tommaso Agnoloni - The Institute of Legal Information Theory and Techniques of the Italian National Research Council (ITTIG-CNR)

A Distributed E-Learning Service  For Remote Areas Anna Mavroudi, Thanasis Hadzilacos - Open University of Cyprus, Demetra Egarchou - Research Academic Computer Technology Institute

Chairpersons: Yannis Charalabidis - University of the Aegean, Ralf Klischewski German University in Cairo

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

ICT 2010 - Networking Session: Research Roadmap on ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling

The aim of this session is to generate insight, feedback and consensus on the research roadmap on ICT for governance and policy modelling. It will explore issues such as societal modelling, simulation, visual analytics, social networking and mass collaboration. Participants can become involved in the development of the roadmap and join the validation community by discussing research related to ICT for governance and policy modelling, what research activities need to be carried out, and which aspects are essential for supporting novel governance practices. Discussions will also focus on what applications could be envisaged by 2020.

Session Agenda:

Part A: The CROSSROAD Roadmap for ICT-enabled Governance 14:00 – 14:30
- The CROSSROAD Project Dimitris Askounis (NTUA)
- Roadmap presentation David Osimo (Tech4i2), Yannis Charalabidis (NTUA)

Part B: Discussion and Deliberation 14:30 – 15:00
Discussion and rating on the Roadmap Challenges by participants, facilitated by the CROSSROAD Consortium members.

Part C: Next activities and future opportunities 15:00 – 15:30
- Antonis Ramfos, INTRASOFT International
- Yael Dubinsky, IBM Research Haifa
- Richard Wilson,
- Next steps, closing Yannis Charalabidis (NTUA), David Osimo (Tech4i2)

You may comment, propose issues and follow developments at:

Twitter hash-tag: #xroad

CROSSROAD Group in Linkedin:

Printable version of the agenda here.