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International Journal of Public Information Systems (IJPIS): Available the Call for Papers "Policy Making and Public Information Systems"

The International Journal of Public Information Systems wants to link researchers and other professionals who share an interest in the process, nature, significance and implications of public information systems design.

The journal is a forum for analytical and comparative articles, essays, case-studies, and book reviews on such topics as innovation and research, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and products. The journal publishes insightful pieces intended for general readers as well as specialists. To illuminate important debates and draw attention to specific topics, the journal occasionally publishes thematic issues.

Call for Papers: Special issue on “Policy Making and Public Information Systems"

Deadline extended to June 15th

This special issue is an initiative of IJPIS in collaboration with the EU FP7 project “Data insights for policy makers & citizens”, www.sense4us.eu

Policy making is a complex activity since it involves striking a balance between legal requirements, intended outcomes, the limits of scientific knowledge at any given time, and the public response to the policy. Whilst incorporating popular input into the process is crucial to the legitimacy and acceptability of the outcome, it is also desirable to match citizen’s expectations and demands to the policy. Questions of great concern for policy makers then become how  to base policy on the existing knowlegde base? How to trust the sufficiency of data, its complexity and representation, as well as what extent the impact of a policy can be predicted before it is implemented? The full impact of policy decisions is not always obvious at the time the policy is formulated or enacted, and any short-comings of the policy become known when it is too late to change it. In this stage, policy makers and analysts alike wrestle with how to intelligently filter information according to relevance, relationship and provenance. Of special interest for this special issue is how publicly available data or information systems aimed for the public are used, can be used, should be or should not be used in the policy making process ranging from the local to the international arena. Papers focusing on the following areas are therefore of interest for this call:

  •         Integrity and privacy issues in information gathering for policy analysis
  •         Search technologies for information retrieval and filtering and sense making of data
  •         Trust and reliability concerns of public data or public information systems within the context of policy making
  •         Legal and regulatory aspects of exploiting public data and public information systems for policy making
  •         Multi-modality of information sources, methods for information aggregation and  information fusion for policy making
  •         Values and motivations underlying the use or non-use of public data and public information systems for policy making
  •         Decision support technologies for policy analysis enabled by interaction with public information systems
  •         Citizen science
  •         Crowdsourcing governance
  •         Innovative techniques for data visualization, simulation and sense-making within the context of Big Open Linked Data (BOLD)
  •         Use cases and case studies

Submission deadline: June 15th 2016

Accepted papers to be published during 2016.

Contact editors: Aron Larsson and Somya Joshi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Whose Future Is It Anyway? Limits within Policy Modeling" - an interesting paper by Dr Somya Joshi, SENSE4US partner

Dr Somya Joshi, SENSE4US partner from eGovlab, wrote an interesting paper along with Teresa C-Pargman, Andreas Gazis, Daniel Pargman. The paper offers a critical understanding of the boundaries that are traversed by the implementation of BOLD (Big Open Linked Data) within policy modelling.

Read the paper posted on our Publications section

Joinup: Poland listed priorities to improve administration digitisation

Encouraging public consultations and citizen participation in the legislative process are among an updated list of digital priorities set by the Polish government.

“We need to support the strategy for developing the information society combined with efficient coordination of this process”, wrote the Ministry of Digital Affairs in a document entitled “Strategic Action priorities of the Ministry of Digital Affairs in computerization of public services”. However “shortcomings in this area (modern information and telecommunications technologies) in recent years cause an increase in the distance between Poland and the group of leaders, both in Europe and in the world”.

Read the full article on Joinup website

Supercomputing: a key cornerstone of the data-driven European economy

The nature of computing is changing with an increasing number of data-intensive critical applications: by 2020, 25 billion devices will be connected and will generate over two zettabytes of traffic every year. In the face of these growing needs, the EU aims to see a supercomputer based on homegrown technology among the world top three by 2022. More than EUR 700 million have already been committed for HPC-related activities, and EU researchers are already taking huge steps to bridge the gap between technical capacity and industry needs.

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Open Data Institute - The value of open data

In October 2015, a report by PwC revealed that the Open Data Institute’s startup challenge programme could see a ten-fold return on investment to the UK economy. But what other impacts does open data have on the UK and beyond? Here are just a few examples…

Read full article in Open Data Institute