Knowledge Societies empower citizens to use the facilities available through digital infrastructures to have the freedom to live their lives in the manner they want to live. Governments, civil society and private enterprises often see their role as enablers of the knowledge society by providing needed services, support and products.
Governments have overwhelmingly adopted digital means to ignite and sustain this empowerment. Responding to social, economic, political and other pressures, they use digital technology to innovate their policies, processes, structures and interactions with partners and citizens alike, and institutionalize such innovations over time. Four waves of Digital Government innovations emerged: 1) Digitization – improving internal government operations and delivering better public services, 2) Transformation – facilitating administrative and institutional reform in government, 3) Engagement – engaging citizens and non-state actors in policy- and decision-making processes and 4) Contextualization – supporting policy and development goals in specific sectors and localities. Focused on creating conditions for self-governance and self-development on the local, sectorial and national levels, the Contextualization stage is directly relevant to Knowledge Societies.
The challenges facing researchers and practitioners today have to do with ensuring that the digitalization in society leads to transformation and empowerment, and finally to positive, sustained development outcomes. Policy makers and decision makers in government have to understand and deal with a whole host of issues related to building Knowledge Societies, and this call-for-papers highlights many of these issues. The main purpose of ICEGOV2017 is to explore how Digital Government can lead to Digital Empowerment, relying on locally-appropriated Knowledge Societies as both the means and the end to such empowerment.
The ICEGOV series brings together academia, governments, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector to share the insights and experiences in theory and practice of Digital Government. ICEGOV promotes interactions between stakeholders – policymakers, government officials, elected representatives, researchers, innovators and educators from developing and developed countries – all sharing a concern that public investment in Digital Government advances public policy and development. ICEGOV is a platform where such stakeholders can discuss ways of working together across the national, sectorial, development and other boarders towards addressing this concern.
Following the earlier conferences in Macau (ICEGOV2007), Cairo (ICEGOV2008), Bogotá (ICEGOV2009), Beijing (ICEGOV2010), Tallinn (ICEGOV2011), Albany (ICEGOV2012), Seoul (ICEGOV2013), Guimarães (ICEGOV2014) and Montevideo (ICEGOV2016), the ICEGOV series has become a source of significant research and policy insight, able to reach national and global policy and research audiences. In figures, the ICEGOV community includes 1548 authors and reviewer from 102 countries – 69% from academia, 18% from government, 9% from industry and 4% from international and other organization. Also, on average, every ICEGOV conference attracts 140 submissions from 49 countries and is attended by over 400 participants from 50 countries including government (40%), academia (36%), industry and civil society (14%), and international organizations (10%).
Besides presentations of submitted work – research papers, experience papers, poster papers and doctoral research papers – the programme will also include keynote lectures, plenary discussions and invited sessions by major institutional actors in the area. The programme will also include social events for networking and community building.
ICEGOV2017 invites submissions of original work including research, experience or both, not published or considered for publication elsewhere, that contribute to the conference theme “Building Knowledge Societies – From Digital Government to Digital Empowerment”. The submissions can be targeted at one of 14 defined tracks, which include the Poster Exhibition and the Doctoral Colloquium, as described below.
Track 1: Digitization
Track 2: Transformation
Track 3: Engagement
Track 4: Contextualization
Track 5: Ethics and the Dark Side
Track 6: Open Government
Track 7: Digital Citizenship
Track 8: Digital Culture and Inclusion
Track 9: Digital Healthcare and Education
Track 10: Smart Cities, Villages and Regions
Track 11: Policy, Research and Innovation
Track 12: e-Government and Applications
Track 13: Poster Exhibition
Track 14: Doctoral Colloquium
Completed or ongoing work can be submitted in the form of research papers, experience papers, poster papers or doctoral research papers: All papers must include the references section within the page limit specified.
Research papers: papers that document complete or ongoing research in one or more aspects of Digital Government, with proven or potential capability to advance the state of research in the field. Complete research papers are limited to 10 pages while ongoing research papers are limited to 4 pages. All research papers must be submitted to Track 1 to Track 12.
Experience papers: papers that describe completed or ongoing innovations in Digital Government policy or practice with proven or potential capability to advance the state of practice in the field, including critical success factors, challenges encountered and how they were addressed. Complete experience papers are limited to 10 pages while ongoing experience papers to 4 pages. All experience papers must be submitted to Track 1 to Track 12.
Doctoral research papers: papers submitted by doctoral students to describe their ongoing research related to the topic of the conference, limited to 4 pages. Doctoral research papers must be submitted to the Doctoral Colloquium (Track 14).
Poster papers: papers that present new ideas and initiatives with potential to contribute to Digital Government research and practice, limited to 2 pages. Poster papers must be submitted to the Poster Exhibition (Track 13).
All accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings on the condition that at least one author registers by the registration deadline for authors (19 December 2016) and presents the accepted paper at the conference. As in previous years, electronic proceedings will be published by the ACM Press and selected papers will be invited for submission to the special issue of Government Information Quarterly, published by Elsevier. Best paper awards will also take place on the last day of the conference. For more information about all ICEGOV2017 publications, please consult here.
The submission procedure includes five main steps:
1. Preparation: all papers should be written in English and prepared using the ACM Word Proceedings Template. Each paper must be within the page limits set for the corresponding submission categories (references included): 10 pages for completed research or experience papers, 4 pages for ongoing research or experience papers and for doctoral research papers, and 2 pages for poster papers.
2. Submission: all papers should be submitted through EasyChair – ICEGOV2017 by 3 October 2016 in PDF format. Each paper must be submitted without any means of identifying the authors in terms of names, affiliations, email addresses, references, etc.
3. Review Process: all submitted papers will undergo a double-blind review by the Programme Committee and the authors are notified about acceptance or rejection decisions by 28 November 2016.
4. Revision and Final Submission: all accepted papers must be revised to address reviewer comments and to remove all blinding measures, i.e. add author names, affiliations, email addresses, references, etc. The final version of the paper must be resubmitted through EasyChair – ICEGOV2017 in Word format (.doc or .docx) by the final submission deadline for papers (19 December 2016).
5. Editorial Revision and Copyright Form: once the final papers are submitted, an editorial review will take place to ensure that the papers are formatted strictly according to the ACM Word Proceedings Template and are within the page limits within the category they were accepted to. Afterwards, a rights management form and complete instructions on how to fill it will be sent by the publisher to the authors. After completing the form online, the authors will be emailed a copy of the form for their record.