Thursday, November 15, 2012

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

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