Call for Papers: JeDEM Special Issue on Open Government Data and Open Policies
Special Issue on Open Government Data and open policies
|Special Issue 01/2014: Open Government Data and PoliciesGuest Editors
In efforts to increase openness, transparency and participation, governments around the world have drafted Open Government policies and established Open Data as an integral part of modern administration. Open data and public sector information has been held out as a powerful resource to support good governance, improve public services, engage citizens, and stimulate economic growth. The promises have been high, but the results have been modest so far and more and there are more and more critical sounds. Policies have not resulted in gaining the desired benefits and implementations have been criticized for its technology orientation and neglecting the user perspective. These policies and implementations are now under scrutiny, with important questions to be asked about: whether the results justify the efforts; about how different outcomes from open data can be secured; and who is benefiting from open data in different countries and contexts?
JeDEM Journal for eDemocracy is inviting submissions to the following topics:
Open data is both a social and technical phenomena, and studies are needed that explore the interaction of technology and policy. Many national data portals from Germany and Austria to the USA and the Philippines, already adhere to agreed meta data standards for describing data, and the G8 Open Data Charter has committed members to harmonising meta-data. However, open online data by its nature makes not halt at national or organisational boundaries. To deliver on the European Digital Agenda 2020 vision of digital common market, the UN vision of a post-2015 ‘data revolution’ enabling greater coordination, of the goal of advocacy organisations in joining up data from across countries to track financial flows and to root out corruption, it needs to be easier to join up data across countries. The European Commission has already elaborated a meta data description to help bridge data from different EU member states administrations and to mitigate language barriers of data descriptions, and efforts are ongoing to develop a wide range of open data standards, covering issues from aid and public contracting, to parliamentary records and public transport timetables. This accumulated knowledge is collected by the SharePSI-project and should inform the W3C working group Data on the Web. Increasing open data interoperability is an ongoing and current challenge which administrations worldwide have to deal with.
Therefore this issue of JeDEM is additionally calling for submissions in these areas:
Length of paper: 7,500-12,000 words, all drafts have to be typed double-spaced, the format has to be Word for processing reasons.
Call out: 24 April 2014