Beyond Bureaucracy Co-Producing Governance: Towards the Ecosystem
Vienna Technical University (AT)
The Beyond Bureaucracy ’16 workshop aims to outline and discuss challenges along the boundaries of society, technology, and governance, which reach beyond established e-governance research priorities. Where well-established e-government / e-governance research ambitions focus on providing technology that support the work and mission of government agencies and governmental agents, “Beyond Bureaucracy” addresses the question, how technology can empower citizens and the conceptual sovereign-body to control government agencies and governmental agents. This workshop outlines the pending technological (design science) challenges, promotes the economic potentials of new technological ecosystems, and serves as a platform for pro/con deliberations on Beyond Bureaucracy thought and knowledge.
Plain Language: An Important Basis of E-Democracy and Open Government
Danube University Krems, Department for Knowledge and Communication Management (AT)
The comprehensibility of public texts and public communication is an important prerequisite for the participation of everybody in modern democratic societies. The concept of plain language (understandable texts for the general public) is very useful in this context. In this workshop I want to present and discuss the basic concepts and elements of comprehensible language, which are anchored in interdisciplinary collaboration of applied linguistics, cognitive science, usability engineering and information design. These concepts and insights are not only relevant for everyday content-based communication (e.g., at the workplace, technical writing), but also for public administration and legal texts in general.
Policy versus Reality in Open Access Publishing in Academia, Industry, and Beyond
Thomas J. Lampoltshammer, Noella Edelmann, Judith Schoßböck
Danube University Krems, Department for E-Governance and Public Administration (AT)
Sustainable research and innovation strongly depend on reliable data, which are easily accessible. Open Access publishing plays a key-role in this environment. Yet, journal subscription charges by publishers can be a hurdle, especially for smaller institutes, 3rd-world countries, and individual researchers, while conflict of interest prevent companies and states to release knowledge and data from their repositories. The workshop therefore aims at shedding light from multiple perspectives on this topic and to reveal possible solutions and best-practices in academia, industry, and beyond.
Hybrid Participation in the Digital Era: Participatory Budgeting and Emerging Practices
Fiorella De Cindio & Stefano Stortone
Università degli Studi di Milano, Dep.t of Informatics (IT)
Hybrid participatory processes are common nowadays. Traditional in-person activities are combined with ICT enhancement. This is improving the opportunities for citizens to be involved, but is also raising new questions about the best way to fulfil the democratic requirements, such as deliberation and inclusion. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is one of the most successful democratic innovations in the urban context that is experiencing deep changes in this sense: an increasing use of ICT solutions together with new offline methodologies. The EU has recently funded a Horizon 2020 project, EMPATIA, whose aim is to build a dedicated software platform for PB and for participatory processes in general. One of the main issues is how to design it, considering the hybrid nature of the PB today. This workshop aims to present and to share the first outcomes of the EMPATIA project in order to debate with practitioners, developers and researchers who share similar experiences and products, and to establish ideas for future collaboration.
Next-Generation Participative Futures-Building Techniques: Liberating the Virtual Commons to Design the Future Together
Alun Rhydderch, David Snowden and Catarina Tully
School of International Futures (UK)
Next-generation futures-building techniques address some of the shortfalls seen in first generation approaches in e-participation as well as developing real-time, multi-perspective support for decision-makers under conditions of uncertainty. First generation approaches have fallen short of their ambitions - the “virtual commons” is increasingly captured and gamed by elite interests (purveyors of big data, etc.) and is not a neutral space. Centre for Applied Complexity (CFAC) and School of International Futures (SOIF) have together been exploring this next generation of Participative Futures-building tools: in developing human sensor-networks, building a toolkit and designing processes for policy-makers and other conveners to use these techniques effectively. This Workshop will share the research, showcase these tools and provide a live working environment for participants to use them.
Virtual Research Environments: Obtaining New Insights by Sharing Open Data for Interdisciplinary Research Purposes
Anneke Zuiderwijk, Marijn Janssen, Yi Yin, Keith Jeffery and Daniele Bailo
Delft University of Technology (NL), Keith G Jeffery Consultants (UK) Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (IT)
Researchers are able to access and can use more and more data opened by governments and research organizations. Virtual Research Environments (VREs) can be used to share the data with other researchers in a secured and trusted environment. VREs can enable the reuse of the data in other disciplines to obtain new insights. However, stakeholders often have different interests and needs. The objective of this workshop is to elicit, refine and discuss requirements for a secure and trusted VRE that integrates Open Government Data (OGD) and open research data for researchers from multiple disciplines. Presentations about reusing governmental and research data will be given, and participants will discuss the conditions for sharing their public or research data with others in a VRE and how to create trust. Thereafter, scenarios for using VREs will be presented and evaluated. This provides the basis for a discussion on the prioritization of the requirements. Participants are encouraged to provide their view on requirements for a VRE that offers governmental research data as well as directions for VRE projects.