Friday, November 30, 2012

The UW iSchool presentation on Open Data and Collaborative Governance

The University of Washington (UW) 

  • The University of Washington is a multi-campus university in SeattleTacoma and Bothell.
  • UW has 16 colleges and schools and offer 1,800 undergraduate courses each quarter.
  • UW confers more than 12,000 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees annually.

The UW Information School: A Home for Innovators and Leaders

As a leading member of the iSchool movement, the UW is a model for other information schools around the globe. The UW iSchool's approach to information instruction and scholarship builds on the traditional roles filled by information professionals and infuses this with a strong emphasis on the technologies through which information is increasingly delivered. By tackling key social and technical problems in the information field, the iSchool has become an important link between users of information and designers of information systems, connecting society with the information it needs.

Research Conversations: Open Data Challenges

Open Data and Collaborative Governance: Perspectives and Research Challenges

Presented by Professor Yannis Charalabidis, University of the Aegean

This research conversation presents current innovations and initiatives in the area of collaborative governance. Open and linked data, social media – based policy deliberation and electronic participation, policy modeling and simulation, serious games, citizen-driven service development, collective awareness and social innovation, opinion mining and sentiment analysis constitute new, interdisciplinary research areas for administrations worldwide, promising a more transparent and effective governance model. Participants will have the chance to see the state of the art and practice in European Union member states and projects, reflect upon the challenges and foreseen obstacles to overcome through applications of information and communication science. Learn and join open worldwide initiatives and research communities working on open and collaborative governance and see the future trends in ICT-enabled governance and policy informatics.

View of the class filling-in, before the lecture

Yannis Charalabidis and Jochen Scholl at UW 

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Call for Chapters: IGI Book on Enterprise Interoperability Scientific Foundations

Yannis Charalabidis (University of Aegean, Greece)
Fenareti Lampathaki (National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
Ricardo Jardim-Goncalves (UNINOVA, Portugal)

Proposals Submission Deadline: November 30, 2012

Full Chapters Due: February 27, 2013

Future Internet plays an important role in the quest of organizations and enterprises to become more competitive, enlarge their target markets, and develop innovative products and services while transforming towards new business models. Within this quest, Enterprise Interoperability (EI) has been a thriving applied research domain, studying the problems related to the lack of interoperability in the organizations and proposing novel methods and frameworks for enterprise integration and collaboration problems. However, in spite of the research methods and tools developed so far, the scientific foundations for EI that would permit their generalization and complete reuse have not yet been established. In this context, this book will contribute in the systematic analysis and publication of cutting-edge methods, tools, and approaches for assisting scientists and organizations in their quest for scientific-oriented, reusable, and reproducible interoperability solutions.

Objective of the Book
This book aims at providing the latest research advancements and findings for the scientific systematization of Enterprise Interoperability knowledge, such as core concepts, foundational principles, theories, methodologies, architectures, assessment frameworks, and future directions. It will bring forward the ingredients of this new domain, proposing its needed formal and systematic tools, exploring its relation with neighbouring scientific domains, and finally prescribing the next steps for eventually achieving the thrilling goal of laying the foundations of a new science.

Target Audience
The audience of the book includes:
* Researchers and Practitioners in the Interoperability Domain who will benefit from a documentation of the existing knowledge and from the recommended directions for future research.
* University Students and Professors of Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Management Sciences who will gain insights to the interoperability repercussions in their domains.
* ICT industry professionals engaged in interoperability solutions, software design and deployment projects, and modelling methods, as well as industry in general, who will find guidelines and reproducible solutions to identified problems.
* Policy makers and decision drivers at the local, national, or international level who will find recommendations on how to promote the scientific aspects of interoperability.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
This book focuses on shedding light on the underlying body of knowledge in the enterprise interoperability domain and on formulating and structuring the knowledge gained through pragmatic research in the domain over the last decades in order to avoid repeating research and missing opportunities for application.

Scientific Foundations of Interoperability:
* Basic research questions, key concepts, generic laws, and foundational principles of enterprise interoperability
* Ontologies, taxonomies, lexicons and other semantic elements for interoperability
* Formal methods to describe interoperability problems and solutions with an enterprise context
* Propositions on novel enterprise models, with interoperability semantics
* Populations of formal descriptions, generalization of interoperability approaches
* Definition and design of Interoperability knowledge bases
* Impact assessment frameworks, simulation methods, and tools for interoperability
* Models and tools for traversing problem-solution paths
* Metrics and algorithmic models for interoperability
* Other  scientific methods for interoperability

Interoperability and its Neighbouring Scientific Domains:
* Definition of scientific foundations, epistemological issues in science
* Taxonomies of the neighbouring scientific domains
* Methodologies for recognition of neighbouring scientific domains and identification of reusable elements
* Analysis of neighbouring scientific domains
* Shared formal and other descriptive methods identification
* Analysis of scientific methods for interoperability in other research domains

Perspectives and future research directions for Interoperability:
* Action plans for sustainability and evolution of scientific disciplines, in general, and interoperability, in particular, towards their scientific recognition
* Open research challenges and hypotheses for interoperability
* Visionary Scenarios of interoperable organizations
* Proposals on the value proposition and marketing of the scientific offerings for interoperability
* Guidelines and recommendations to key stakeholders

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November 30th, 2012, 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 December 30th, 2012 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.

Full chapters must be between 8,000 and 10,000 words and are expected to be submitted by February 27th, 2013. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.

Chapter formatting guidelines for edited books can be found at

This book is scheduled to be 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

Important Dates
November 30, 2012:     Proposal Submission Deadline
December 30, 2012:     Notification of Acceptance
February 27, 2013:        Full Chapter Submission
April 15, 2013:                Review Results Returned
May 30, 2013:                 Revised, Camera-Ready Chapters Submission
2nd semester 2013:      Book Publication

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Open and Linked Data for Science and Society

Special Issue on Open and Linked Data for Science and Society

Transforming Government: People, Process & Policy (TG:PPP) – Transforming Government publishes leading scholarly and practitioner research on the subject of transforming Government through its people, processes and policy. Unique and progressive in its approach, the journal seeks to recognise both the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives of e‐Government, and welcomes both pure and applied research that impacts central and local Government. International perspectives are also welcome. The journal is also interested in exploring how research carried out in the private sector can be applied to the public sector as a means of improving efficiency and effectiveness. The journal is in its sixth year of publication.

Special Issue Scope
Open government data provide an unprecedented opportunity for societies to move towards transparency, evidence-based decisions, enhanced cohesion, public engagement and trust. Public Sector Information (PSI) may be offered as ”open and linked data” in many forms and through different media: from simple datasets describing traffic or unemployment, to web services linking and mashing information from different sources, to interactive visualization of complex phenomena, to citizen-based data gathering and transmission. In this way, data can be made available to scientists, citizens and enterprises, who in turn can use this for developing and offering value-adding services, thus forming a network or ecosystem around publicly available open data. All these developments require a solid base of empirical investigations, forward-looking positions, conceptual frameworks, methods, tools and services to be made available towards scientific, entrepreneurial and citizen communities.

This Special Issue of TGPPP Journal solicits original high quality papers presenting theoretical frameworks or technical approaches to open and linked data that depict sound positions and views for advancing the provision, usage and final utilization of open data by scientists of all scientific domains, citizens and businesses. Topics of interest in this area include, but are not limited to: 
• Justification of requirements for public sector information, orienting from any scientific domain
• Examples and best practices of open data utilization for policy-making and scientific purposes
• Visionary ideas on open data utilization within society
• Metadata schemas for open and linked data management
• Methods and tools for open data acquisition, curation, management and publication
• Methods and tools for integrating and combining open data from distributed heterogeneous sources
• Methods and tools for combining linked open data with in-house or open structured information systems in the ‘deep web’
• Information systems and services for open data gathering and provision
• New approaches for public sector information visualization
• Collaborative governance approaches involving the use of open data
• Open data and citizen participation in information gathering / crowdsourcing
• New governance and business models for open data “ecosystems”
• Legal provisions and open issues at national and European level, regarding re-use of governmental data
• International cooperation in the field of open and linked data

Excellent contributors should provide multi-disciplinary approaches, possibly combining information science with social sciences, management, finance, engineering or law, to allow uptake of open data by diverse scientific domains, for modeling or solving complex societal problems.

Submissions must constitute original work and will be submitted to a double blind reviewing process.
Detailed instructions/author guidelines for the preparation of manuscripts are provided at:
Submissions of full manuscripts should be made via the ScholarOne system available at:

Important Dates
· Submission deadline (full papers): March 15, 2013
· Camera-ready deadline (for accepted papers): September 2013

Guest Editors
Ass. Prof. Yannis Charalabidis
University of the Aegean

Assoc. Prof. Marijn Janssen
Delft University of Technology
The Netherlands

Dr. Keith Jeffery
Science and Technology Facilities Council
United Kingdom