Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mobile Government Applications from University of Aegean

Within the Software Engineering lesson of the pre-graduate program of the ICS department, several Mobile Applications were developed by students. Two specific training sessions provided hands-on experience in Android and Windows 7 development platforms, provided by ATC SA and Microsoft Hellas.

The applications targeted simple mobile government functionality, through reusing open data / open services from the Greek public sector information systems. At the time of development (Nov 2010 – Feb 2011) not many open web services existed within the Greek Public Sector, thus limiting possibilities.

The applications developed for Android and Windows 7 mobile platforms are the following: 

- Automated VAT number validity check (Ministry of Finance)

- The new structure of Greek Local Administration, after the 2010 reform – “Kallikratis” programme

- The structure of Central Administration (Ministries, General Secretariats)

- A mobile tourist guide for Samos, including public administrations in the Island (in English)

- The list of electronic services provided by the Greek eGovernment gateway “Ermis” (Ministry of Interior)

- The Greek Government daily news via RSS (Presidency of the Greek Government)

- The open Government daily news (RSS from open government site “”)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The 2011 WeGov Awards: 2nd Students Competition on Electronic Governance

The second Greek students competition  in eletcronic governance innovation "WeGov 2011 Awards" is launched.

With a submission deadline in July 2011 and the finals ceremony in November 2011, in conjunction with the Greek ICT Forum, the competition offers prizes, which include 1,000 - 2,000 EUR grants and  further collaboration opportunities with research organisations and international ICT industries, in three categories:

- Best Idea (can be at any of the 10 areas of governance addressed)
- Best Prototype (can be at any of the 10 areas of governance addressed)
- Best Application in the areas of Mobile Devices and Cloud

The WeGov Competition is an initiative of:
University of Aegean / Information Systems Lab
National Technical University of Athens / Decision Support Systems Lab & Greek Interoperability centre
University of Peiraeus / Information Security Lab
under the auspices of  the Ministry of Interior / GS of Administrative Reform

More information to be found (in Greek) at:


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Samos 2011 Summit on Future Internet

Participate in Samos 2011 Summit
Registration will be open on April 1st, 2011

The Samos 2011 Summit on Future Internet: “The power to change society” will take place on July 4th to 6th, 2011 in Samos, Greece, and will be co-organised by the ENSEMBLE FP7 project, the Greek Interoperability Centre of the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Aegean, with the support of the FInES Cluster.

With an emphasis on Future Internet systems and services in the factory, in the enterprise and within a connected, inclusive society, the Samos Future Internet Summit will be a first-class opportunity to see, interact with and influence cutting-edge European ICT research projects and initiatives from a governance, societal or interoperability viewpoint.

Join the Collaborative Workshops on

(a) the new Research Roadmap on Future Internet Enterprise Systems, and

(b) the Enterprise Interoperability Scientific Formulation,

as being prepared by the research community and the ENSEMBLE project partners and Experts Scientific Committee.

Registration will be open on April 1st, 2011 at:

Monday, March 21, 2011

The PADGETS Project on Social Media for Governance : March Newsletter

The first newsletter of the PADGETS project has just been published. 

PADGETS is project on ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling co-funded by the European commission under the FP7. The vision of the PADGETS is to bring together two well established domains, the mashup architectural approach of web 2.0 for creating web applications (gadgets) and the methodology of system dynamics in analyzing complex system behaviour. The objective is to design, develop and deploy a prototype toolset that will allow policy makers to graphically create web applications that will be deployed in the environment of underlying knowledge in Web 2.0 media. For this reason, the project introduces the concept of Policy Gadget (Padget) – similarly to the approach of gadget applications in web 2.0 – to represent a micro web application that combines a policy message with underlying group knowledge in social media (in the form of content and user activities) and interacts with end users in popular locations (such as social networks, blogs, forums, news sites, etc) in order to get and convey their input to policy makers.

Through the PADGETS platform any policy can become a reusable and communicable web application to be used in relation to underlying content and social activities over the web. Policy makers will be able to set up such applications on their own and use them to communicate their policies to the public. People can use these applications as they use everyday services and policy makers can track the results of this interaction back to their policy making process to assist them in reaching solid decisions that represent society’s input and aspirations.

In this newsletter, we provide you with information about the latest developments, upcoming and past events as well as recent publications.

Download the newletter (pdf) at:

PADGETS project is beng implemented by an international consortium, coordinated by the University of Aegean / IS Lab (  

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Social Media: Innovation & IPR Perspectives

Social Media: Innovation & IPR Perspectives
Friday 18th March 
Athens Information Technology (AIT) (

9:30-10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:00-10:10 Welcome Speech & Workshop Introduction
Prof G. Yovanof (Professor, Associate Dean, AIT), Dr. X. Ziouvelou (AIT)

Session 1: Social Media - Innovation Perspectives
10:10-10:25 Social Media and Networks for Marketing
Dr. N. Paparoidamis (Director, emphasis marketing services
& Associate Professor of Marketing, Catholic University of Lille, IESEG)

10:25-10:40 Re-contact with a snapshot
E. Kitra (Director, OMD Digital/Tempo OMD Hellas)10:40-10:55

10:40-10:55 How Lacta got to have the most popular Facebook brand page in Greece!
P. Sambrakos (Executive Creative Director, OgilvyOne Worldwide)

10:55-11:10 Social media: Strategies, fairy tales and the big bad wolf
V. Kolovou (Web developers/Owner, netWire)

11:10-11:25 Social magazines
Dr. J. Pagonis (Partner, Pragmaticomm)

11:25-11:55 Coffee Break

11:55-12:10 enGAMEment in the Social Space
G. Zenzefilis (General Director, INTRALOT Interactive)

12:10-12:25 Social Gaming: The shift to social media marketing
T. Aivalis (CEO, SocialBrands – Social Media Marketing Agency)

12:25-12:40 Bowling alone: Ubiquitous Social Capital
Dr. D. Kontarinis (VP of Innovation, Velti Plc)

12:40-12:55 Social Media Innovation
D. Tsigos (Founder & CEO, Virtual Trip Group & European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs -Y.E.S.)

12:55-13:10 Social Medi@ted Innovation
T. Georgoulis (Business Analyst/Project Manager, Realize S.A.) & Dr X. Ziouvelou (AIT)

13:10-13:25 Social Network related innovations of SOCIETIES
Y. Bouloudis (AMITEC Ltd, SOCIETIES EU Project)

13:25-14:25 Lunch Break
Session 2: Social Media - IPR Perspectives
14:25-14:40 Social Network Interoperability Issues
Dr. V. Papakonstantinou (Attorney At Law, PK Partners)

14:40-15:55 Social media marketing and copyright issues
Dr. Maria-Daphne Papadopoulou (Lawyer, Hellenic Copyright Organisation)

15:55-16:10 Gaining your client’s confidence: The most pivotal principle for e-entrepreneurship
in a social media environment
M. Zoulovits (Lawyer, Philotheidis & Partners Law)

16:10-16:25 Privacy in the nook of Facebook
M. Papadopoulos & A. Kaponi (Lawyers, Patsis, Papadopoulos, Kaponi & Associates)

16:25-16:40 Social Media and the Employment Relationship
S. Mihos (Lawyer, Legal Manager, Hellenic Fuels S.A.)

16:40-16:50 Summary & Closure

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

HICSS MiniTrack on Cloud Infrastructures and Interoperability in the Public Sector


Cloud Infrastructures and Interoperability 

Y. Charalabidis, M. Janssen, O.Glassey

Within the 45th Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), we organise a minitrack on Cloud Infrastructures and Interoperability in the Public Sector. The 45th HICSS, one of the most prominent Conferences on Information Sciences worldwide, will be held on January 4-7, 2012, in Maui, Hawaii.

This minitrack is aimed at discussing theories, methodologies, experience reports, literature and case studies in e-government infrastructures and interoperability. We solicit for papers covering a variety of aspects and combining theory and practice. papers in the field of e-government induced data-and process-based integration, information exchange, enterprise architecture, cloud computing, ICT-(shared) services and Software as a Service (SaaS) are strongly encouraged. We promote a diversity of research methods to study the challenges of this multifaceted discipline focusing on various aspects of interoperability and also theoretical papers and papers from developing countries.

Topics and research areas include, but are not limited to:
  1. Development, implementation, maintenance of projects, system and enterprise architectures and infrastructures
  2. System, data and process-based integration
  3. Information infrastructures, cloud infrastructures, reuse, quality
  4. Semantic ontologies, web services and modeling
  5. Cloud computing, infrastructures, ICTservices, scalability, reliability, flexibility
  6. Software as service (SaaS), utility computing, platform as service, shared services, service providers
  7. Cross-organizational modeling and visualization ranging from the organizational to technical level
  8. Infrastructure, interoperability and enterprise architecture planning, alignment, strategies and governance
  9. Technical, semantic, organizational, managerial aspects of interoperability
  10. Organizational and/or policy perspectives on the dynamics of the infrastructure and interoperability process and barriers to interoperability
  11. Theoretical contributions and contributions from developing countries
  12. Interoperability and architecture standards, principles and frameworks
  13. Service-oriented architectures, web services, semantic web services, web service orchestration and composition
  14. Best practices and case studies at all levels of government, including local and transnational government-Longitudinal studies that span over generations of e-Government implementations
  15. Longitudinal studies that span over generations of e-Government implementations
Important Deadlines:
June 15.2011: Submit full manuscripts for review.
Aug 15.2011: Acceptance notices are emailed to authors by the Review System.
Sept 15.2011: Accepted authors submit Final Paper.

Minitrack Chairs (potential authors may email for guidance on paper ideas)
Yannis Charalabidis (primary contact)
University of Aegean and National Technical University of Athens

Marijn Janssen
Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, Delft University of Technology,

Olivier Glassey
IDHEAP - Institut de Hautes Etudes en Administration Publique, University of Lausanne,

More information and author guidelines at:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The 12th Bled Forum on Europe

The 12th Bled Forum on Europe, is taking place in Bled, Slovenia on 3rd and 4th March 2011.

This year the Bled Forum on Europe Conference is targeting "Governance of Fear and Prosperity", in an effort to deal with the most important, non-linear global challenges and problems of decision - making.

The Centre for eGovernance Development is the main organizer of the 11th Bled Forum on Europe. The Forum is also supported by the Greek Interoperability Centre (GIC), Microsoft Corp., and the Regional Cooperation Council, among other organisations.

Among this years' key speakers are:
  • Jerome Glenn, Director of the Millennuim Project
  • Mohamed Al Qaed, CEO of eGovernment Authority, Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Dr. Jose Cordeiro - How to Address the Threat/Challenge of Poverty in the World – Singularity University, US
  • Yannis Charalabidis from the University of the Aegean / Greek Interoperability Centre
The full agenda of the Bled Forum 2011 may be downloaded here: 

My presentation on "ICT Solutions for Good Governance" is found here:

A view of the 12th Bled Forum Opening, by Blaz Golob, CeGD

Blaz Golob CEGD,  Tanja Fajon - Member of the European Parliament, Yannis Charalabidis - Aegean/GIC