Friday, March 23, 2012

Complexity in the Real Word - ECCS 2012

Brussels, 5th & 6th September 2012

Complexity science is coming of age, however it has yet to make a significant impact upon social, economic and environmental policy – there is a still a “gap” between the worlds of complexity science and policy. This workshop is aimed at this gap – to promote work which applies complexity science to policy questions and to discuss how to do this better. Both national and EU funding councils are increasingly demanding such policy relevance in grant proposals and funded research so we anticipate there being a high level of interest in this workshop. Thus the workshop will examine ways in which the results of complexity science can be applied to issues of policy relevance. Complexity researchers, policy advisors, think tanks, consultants all welcome!
Topics include: research in the complexity sciences that has relevance to policy issues ways in which the gap between complexity science and the policy world can be bridged ways forward for applying complexity science to the real world, establishing its impact new instruments to handle collective actions in government the needs/views of people in the policy/research world of each other policy problems/issues that would benefit from complexity science approaches the relation of policy modelling to practice and research

Programme Committee (in no particular order):

Peter Allen, Paul Omerod, Yannis Charalabidis, Klaus Troitzsch, Steven Bishop, Petra Ahrweiler, Andreas Pyka, Nigel Gilbert, Diane Payne, Bruce Edmonds, Sylvie Occelli, Claudio Inguaggiato, Gianluca Misuraca, Armando Geller, Cathy Urquhart, Jeff Johnson, John Sutcliffe-Braithwaite, Giovanni Rabino, Richard Taylor, Nick Gotts, Jorge Louçã, Sérgio Bacelar, Simone Landini, and Liz Varga.

The workshop will include a discussion session to develop networks and initiatives to further work in this area across Europe.

Plans for post-workshop publication are being discussed with a couple of journals, including the Transactions of the Royal Society A.

Deadline for submissions is 30th April, see website for details.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The PADGETS project on SocialMedia-based Policy Making / 2012 Newsletter

The objective of PADGETS is to implement a prototype service for policy makers that utilizes social media technologies and techniques to boost public engagement, enable cross-platform publishing, content tracking and provide decision support. Through the PADGETS platform, policy makers are capable of disseminating their policy messages through multiple social media simultaneously, using a single integrated interface. They are able to reach large user groups in these platforms and collect their feedback, by keeping track of and analysing users’ reactions to the policy message.

PADGETS at a new book from IGI Blobal on social and semantic web

A new book has recently been published by IGI Blobal, in the area of customer relationship managent (CRM). Titled "Customer Relationship Management and the Social and Semantic Web: Enabling Cliens Conexus" the book provides an overview of the field of the Semantic Web, the social Web, and CRM through a careful collection of various research studies from different subfields.
The book provides a forum for the exchange of research ideas and practices, while being a reference point for professionals, managers, and researchers in the CRM, ICT and management fields. The book also aims to explore the opportunities and challenges for organizations in the light of citizens having augmented presence in Web 2.0, by utilising new technologies, including those of the semantic web.
Within this framework, University of Aegean and Fraunhofer FOKUS, present the recent developments and propositions for utilisation of Social Media within the governance context.The chapter "Systematically Exploiting Web 2.0 Social Media in Government for Extending Communication with Citizens" presents the perspective and offerings of the PADGETS project - an innovative attempt to combine Social Media, Text Analytics and Simulation in collaborative public policy making.
For more information click here!

PADGETS at a new book titled "Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance"

PADGETS case will be presented in the publication of the book titled "Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance" . Edited by Yannis Charalabidis (University of the Aegean, Greece) and Sotirios Koussouris (NTUA, Greece), the book summarizes the latest research findings such as theoretical foundations, principles, methodologies, architectures, and technical frameworks for e-Government and e-Participation. It provides a comprehensive view of political, legal, technical and user-oriented aspects of e-Governance and Policy Modelling. It also includes reviews, case reports and evaluations of international collaborative governance and on-line citizen engagement initiatives. The book will be published by Springer on 31st of March 2012.

PADGETS pilot in Greece, with the support of the Greek Open Government initiative

Within the OpenGov collaborative governance initiative, managed by the Greek Prime Minister’s office, PADGETS toolset is used for gathering and promoting innovative ideas in the area of Public Administration reform, through a variety of social media platforms.

PADGETS pilot in Italy, with the support of the Piedmont Region

The pilot is focused on allowing local administration policy makers to gather and analyse citizens’ responses to the planned regional implementation of telemedicine, in Piedmont Region.

PADGETS pilot in Slovenia, with the support of the Centre for eGovernance Development

The campaign in Slovenia is focused on the Immigration and the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). PADGETS is used by the Member of the European Parliament Ms Tanja Fajon to publish information and track citizens’ opinion in European policies.

PADGETS Greek Pilot
PADGETS Italian Pilot
PADGETS Slovenian Pilot

13th Bled Forum on Europe Foresight Conference: "Europe Beyond Smart – Inclusive – Sustainable Throughout Cloud Computing Decade", Bled, Slovenia, March 28-30, 2012

The 13th Bled Forum on Europe Foresight Conference will be organised by PADGETS partner "Centre for eGovernance Development" (CeGD) in cooperation with the Bled Forum on Europe Research Association. It is a regional scientific event involving NGOs, Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office in Ljubljana,government institutions, the private sector, the WFUNA Millennium Project, and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre/Institute for Prospective Technological Studies. Building on a tradition of this conference being organized since 1996, all Bled Forum on Europe conferences are examples of cross-border, multidisciplinary, and public- private regional and international cooperation. This high level conference also facilitates the integration of different regional and national centres into a coherent and cooperative matching point. The purpose of the conference is to promote knowledge-based governance with ethical considerations and the use of future studies and foresight and to connect researchers, scientists, businessmen, policy makers and civil society with the aim of responding to global challenges. The overall objective is to influence decision makers and other stakeholders to implement Bled Forum on Europe recommendations in long-term planning and short-term actions.
For more information click here!

EMCIS 2012, Munich, Germany, June 7-8, 2012

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Samos 2012 Summit on Open Data and collaborative governance, Samos, Greece, July 2-4, 2012

The Samos 2012 Summit on Open Data "The power of collaboration in societies" will be hosted by University of Aegean (ICSD-Information Systems Lab) and will be organised by the ΕNGAGE project, the PADGETS project, the Greek Interoperability Centre of the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA-DSS Laboratory) and the University of Aegean (ICSD-Information Systems Lab).
For more information click here!

IFIP eGOV – ePART 2012 Conference, Kristiansand, Norway, September 3-6, 2012

The eleventh conference on electronic government will be held in Kristiansand, Norway. This conference brings together the top of the scientific research community in egovernment and e-governance from all over the world. The conference provides a highly interactive and professional forum for exchanging research concepts, progress and results.
For more information click here!

Other Upcoming National Activities

§  Seminar on eHealth (CeGD and Albanian public authority), Tirana, Albania, May 2012
§  Moldova e-Government Summit 2012 (CeGD and Moldavian public authority), Chisinau, Moldova, May 2012
§  eDemocracy conference 2012 (CeGD and Macedonian public authority), Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia , September 2012
§  Cities of the future: Lljubljana Forum 2012 (CeGD and NAIS-Albania), Lljubljana castle, Slovenia, October 2012
§  Infofest 2012 (CeGD and Ministry of Information Society and Telecommunications Montenegro), Budva, Montenegro, October 2012

The workshop speakers and chair, at the ESWC 2011, May 30th 2011

PADGETS at ESWC Workshop on " Semantics in Governance and Policy Modelling", Heraclion, Greece, May 29-June 2, 2011

PADGETS partners AEGEAN, POLITO and PIED participated at the workshop which was targeting novel approaches, methods, practices and tools for turning the public information overload into an opportunity for Governance and Policy Modelling with the help of semantics, open data and Public Sector Information reuse, linked data and visual analytics. Specific importance was placed in multidisciplinary approaches, combining theoretical policy making methodologies, advanced ICT and Government 2.0 collaboration practice.
For more information on ESWC 2011 please click here!

PADGETS at W3C/PrimeLife Federated Social Web Europe Conference 2011, Berlin, Germany, June 3-5, 2011

NTUA and FOCUS from PADGETS Consortium participated and presented the project at an open event on Social Web interoperability, standards and privacy, organized by W3C. The project was promoted through the conference's wiki and sparked a lot of interest.

PADGETS at Summit on “Future Internet: The Power to Change Society”, Samos, Greece, July 4-6, 2011

The Samos 2011 Summit on “Future Internet: The Power to Change Society” was held with the support of the European Commission – DG Information Society and Media and was co-organised by the University of Aegean, the Greek Interoperability Centre of the National Technical University of Athens and the ENSEMBLE FP7 project – a supportive action to the EC Future Internet Enterprise Systems (FInES) Cluster. The Samos Summit was supported by research and development centers of Google, IBM, Microsoft, INTRASOFT International S.A., Engineering, Whitehall Reply and Athens Technology Centre.
Samos Summit: Poster Session - PADGETS Project stand

The AULA Conference Centre at TU Delft

PADGETS at IFIP EGOV 2011 Conference, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, August 29 –September 2, 2011

AEGEAN, PADGETS co-ordinator participated in the conference which brought together the top of the scientific research community in e-government from all over the world. The conference provided a highly interactive and professional forum for exchanging research concepts, progress and results. As in the past, IFIP EGOV featured refereed paper presentations, invited keynote presentations, high-level discussion panels, workshops and a PhD Colloquium. Among them, the workshop entitled “Open Government: Contributions from Current EC-funded Projects to Citizen Participation, Good Governance and Collaborative Policy Development” was organised, during which the PADGETS contribution was outlined.
For more information on the IFIP EGOV 2011 conference please click here!
Michael Netter at the 10th anniversary of the IT-Speicher Regensburg (on the left) and Ludwig Fuchs in the Regensburg University stand in IT-SA (on the right)

PADGETS at the 10th anniversary of the IT-Speicher Regensburg, September 21, 2011

PADGETS partner UREG participated in the 10th anniversary of the IT-Speicher Regensburg, which is a municipal enterprise belonging to the City of Regensburg to support the IT sector in the Upper Palatinate region. Part of the event has been a company exhibition, comprising of 35 companies and research units related to the IT-Speicher. UREG participated in this exhibition with a poster presentation.

PADGETS at IT-SA Exhibition, Nuremberg, Germany, October 11-13, 2011

PADGETS partner UREG presented the project in the IT-SA exhibition supported by PowerPoint slides, poster and brochures.
For more Information on the IT-SA Exhibition please click here!

PADGETS at the Torino Software and Systems Meeting, Torino, Italy, November 18, 2011

PADGETS partner POLITO, was invited to talk about PADGETS at the Torino Software Meeting. Enrico Ferro presented the project at a workshop on collaborative environments within the Turin Software Meeting initiative. He presented PADGETS to ICT Companies & Researchers. The presentation sparked a lot of interest and questions from the public.

PADGETS at the Workshop on Digital Agenda online engagement, DG INFSO, Brussels, Belgium, November 21, 2011

PADGETS partner Tech4I2, was invited at the Internal strategic seminar about innovative stakeholders engagement at DG INFSO. David Osimo presented PADGETS to DG INFSO social media team, communication team and Digital Agenda Unit as well as to Practitioners and consultants. The presentation sparked a lot of interest and possitive feedback on twitter.
DG INFSO Seminar about innovative stakeholders engagement

§  Yannis Charalabidis, Euripidis Loukis, and Aggeliki Androutsopoulou (University of the Aegean), “Enhancing Participative Policy Making through Modelling And Simulation: A State of the Art Review”, Online Proceedings of the European, Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS 2011), Athens, Greece.
§  Iosif Alvertis, Michael Petychakis, George Gionis (NTUA), Robert Kleinfeld (FOKUS), “A platform for managing campaigns over Social Media”, W3C/PrimeLife Federated Social Web Europe Conference 2011.
§  Yannis Charalabidis, Euripidis Loukis (University of the Aegean), “Transforming Government Agencies’ Approach to eParticipation through Efficient Exploitation of Social Media”, Proceedings of European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2011, AIS Electronic Library, Helsinki, Finland.
§  Manolis Maragoudakis, Euripidis Loukis, and Yannis Charalabidis (University of the Aegean), “A Review of Opinion Mining Methods for Analyzing Citizens’ Contributions in Public Policy Debate”, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, Germany.
§  Enrico Ferro, Michele Osella (POLITO), Yannis Charalabidis, Euripidis Loukis (University of the Aegean), and Riccardo Boero (PIED), “Policy Gadgets: Paving the Way for Next-Generation Policy Making”, Proceeding of IFIP Third International Conference on e-Participation - ePart 2011, Trauner Verlag, August 29 – September 1, 2011, Delft, The Netherlands.
§  Netter, M., Herbst, S., Pernul, G. (University of Regensburg), (2011) Analyzing Privacy in Social Networks - An Interdisciplinary Approach, Proceedings of the Third IEEE International Conference on Social Computing Workshop on Security and Privacy in Social Networks (SPSN at Social Computing Workshop on Security and Privacy in Social Networks (SPSN at SocialCom), Boston, October, 2011.
§  Riccardo Boero (PIED), Enrico Ferro, Michele Osella (POLITO), Yannis Charalabidis, and Euripidis Loukis (University of the Aegean), “Policy Intelligence in the Era of Social Computing: Towards a Cross-Policy Decision Support System”, in: Garcia-Castro, R., et al. (Eds.), ESWC 2011 Workshops, LNCS 7117, pp. 217–228, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, Germany.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

New Book from IGI on eBusiness Standards

Handbook of Research on E-Business Standards and Protocols: Documents, Data and Advanced Web Technologies
Ejub Kajan (State University of Novi Pazar, Serbia), Frank-Dieter Dorloff (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany) and Ivan Bedini (Alcatel Lucent, Bell Labs, Ireland)
Electronic business is a major force shaping the digital world. Yet, despite of years of research and standardization efforts, many problems persist that prevent e-business from achieving its full potential. Problems arise from different data vocabularies, classification schemas, document names, structures, exchange formats and their varying roles in business processes. Non-standardized business terminology, lack of common acceptable and understandable processes (grammar), and lack of common dialog rules (protocols) create barriers to improving electronic business processes.

Handbook of Research on E-Business Standards and Protocols: Documents, Data and Advanced Web Technologies contains an overview of new achievements in the field of e-business standards and protocols, offers in-depth analysis of and research on the development and deployment of cutting-edge applications, and provides insight into future trends. This book unites new research that promotes harmony and agreement in business processes and attempts to choreograph business protocols and orchestrate semantic alignment between their vocabularies and grammar. Additionally, this Handbook of Research discusses new approaches to improving standards and protocols, which include the use of intelligent agents and Semantic Web technology.

In this Book, I had the pleasure to contribute a chapter on eGovernment services costing: 

Governmental Service Transformation through Cost Scenarios Simulation: The eGOVSIM Model (pages 791-805), Yannis Charalabidis (University of the Aegean, Greece)

Formal methods for measuring the impact of interoperability on digital public services is emerging as an important research challenge in electronic government. The eGOVSIM model that is described in this chapter aims to provide administrations with a tool to calculate the gains from digitising and making interoperable services for citizens and businesses. The chapter presents existing methods for calculating the cost of services for the administration and the service consumers, such as the Standard Cost Model (SCM) and the Activity Based Costing (ABC). Then it goes on presenting a toolset for analytical cost calculations based on the various process steps and the information needs of each governmental service. The eGOVSIM toolset supports the definition of several service provision scenarios, such as front/back office system interoperability, cross-system or cross-organisational interoperability allowing the calculation of time, effort and cost elements, and relevant gains from the application of each scenario. Application results for two cases / scenarios are also presented, so that the reader can see the applicability and overall value of the approach. Lessons learned and future research directions for service cost estimation are also described.