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"Scott Robertson (University of Hawaii)" <[log in to unmask]>
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HICSS-47 Call for papers for the Minitrack on:
Open  and Participatory Government

Part of the E-government Track of the
47th Annual Hawai'i International Conference on Systems Sciences (HICSS)

Waikoloa, HI - January 6 -9, 2014

This minitrack focuses on the interactions between citizens and governments. As e-Government becomes more ubiquitous, many questions arise about what it means to develop and maintain an open and transparent government, engage in participatory government, encourage governance through transparency initiatives, support co-design of open and collaborative government, allow data (“Big Data”) release and use for policy- and decision-making, develop open data and open-data applications, and study how governments/governmental institutions might be influenced through openness and transparency efforts. This minitrack includes research on and studies of involvement of the public in the development, use, and evaluation of e-Government and participatory government dynamics, initiatives, and systems, including research that develops and explores open and transparent government frameworks, theories, evaluation, practice.

Open government is an approach that purposefully emphasizes and re-invigorates the basic principle of a “government of the people, for the people, and by the people.” Through information technology, committed administrative leadership, international initiatives such as the Open Government Partnership, and policies, countries around the world have now entered an era of unprecedented transparency of government operations and decision-making intended to lead to more responsibility, accountability, collaborative and participatory government, and integrity of public officials. Additionally, involvement of citizens in the iterative design and evaluation of e-Government systems leads to more effective digital tools for civic engagement and participation in the long run.

We welcome theoretical papers as well as quantitative and qualitative studies on the topics. Good case studies will also be accepted with strong implications for theory and practice.
Topics and research areas include, but are not limited to
·      Theories, quantitative and qualitative studies on open government
·      Open/transparent government initiatives around the world
·      Open data in government and applications built on open data
·      Technologies enabling/inhibiting open/transparent government
·      Collaborative design and participation by citizens
·      E-Citizen, e-Democracy and e-Participation
·      Participation and deliberation
·      Freedom of information and transparency
·      Studies of citizens and democratic processes in social media and/or virtual worlds
·      Gov 2.0 and beyond
·      Impact on society, communities, companies and government
·      Good practices and pitfalls in open government, public engagement, collaboration
·      Technology-based approaches to making government information available
·      Studies of the universal access requirements of e-Government
·      Impact of policy on transparency and openness
·      Methods, practices, and approaches to assess the success of open government efforts
·      Privacy, security, and the right to know

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Scott Robertson (main contact)
Department of Information and Computer Sciences
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Pacific Ocean Science and Technology Building
1680 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822 USA
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Phone: 808.956.2023

John Carlo Bertot
Professor and Director
Information Policy and Access Center (iPAC)
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland at College Park
4105 Hornbake Building, South Wing
College Park, MD 20742
Email: [log in to unmask]
Phone: 301.405.3267

Mitch Cochran
Information Systems Manager
City of Monrovia
415 S. Ivy Avenue
Monrovia, CA 91016
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Phone: 626.932.5561

Instructions for submitting papers:

1. Submit an electronic copy of the full paper, 10 pages including title page, abstract, references and diagrams using the review system available at the HICSS site, make sure that the authors’ names and affiliation information has been removed to ensure an anonymous review.
Submission and review site:

2. The paper should contain original material and not be previously published or currently submitted for consideration elsewhere.

3. Provide the required information to the review system such as title, full name of all authors, and their complete addresses including affiliation(s), telephone number(s) and e-mail address(es).

4. The first page of the paper should include the title and a (max) 300-word abstract.

June 15: Full papers uploaded in the directory of the appropriate mini track. (
August 15: Notification of accepted papers mailed to authors.

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