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Call for Papers
Open Government and Participation minitrack

HICSS-46: Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences*
January 7-10, 2013, Grand Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Full papers are due by June 15.

Online CFP:
Author instructions:

Scott Robertson ([log in to unmask])
Information and Computer Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa

John Carlo Bertot ([log in to unmask])
College of Information Studies, University of Maryland, College Park

Karine Nahon ([log in to unmask])
Information School, University of Washington

Open Government and Participation Minitrack Description:

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, to engage in participatory government, notions of governance through transparency initiatives, co-design of open and collaborative government, and how governments/governmental institutions might be influenced through open government 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, and practice.

Open government is an approach, which 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, 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
-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
-Privacy, security, and the right to know

*About HICSS:

Now in its 46th year, the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) is one of the longest-standing continuously running scientific conferences. This conference brings together researchers in an aloha-friendly atmosphere conducive to free exchange of scientific ideas.

HICSS ranked second among 18 Information Systems conferences in a 2006 citation ranking study [1], third in value to the MIS field among 13 Management Information Systems conferences [2], and second in conference rating among 11 IS conferences [3].

The Australian Government's Excellence in Research project (ERA) has given HICSS an "A" rating, one of 32 Information Systems conferences so honored out of 241.

[1] Hock Chan, Hee-Woong Kim, and Weai Chee Tan, "Information System Citation Patterns from ICIS Articles," Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Vol. 57 (#9), July 2006, pp. 1263-1274.

[2] Kent A. Walstrom and Bill C. Hardgrave, "Forums for information systems scholars: III," Information & Management, Vol. 39, 2001, pp. 117-124.

[3] Bill C. Hardgrave and Kent A. Walstrom, "Forums for MIS Scholars," Communications of the ACM, Vol. 40 (#11), November 1997, pp. 119-124.

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