MUNPlanet: Please introduce yourself and your conference to our community.
The Department for E-Governance and Administration at the Danube University Krems has been organising conferences on E-Democracy and public administration since 2007: the E-Democracy Conferences began in 2007, and the CeDEM, first presented in 2011, represents the development and continuation of the conference series. The CeDEM is also held biennially in Asia (CeDEM Asia).
We invite individuals from academic and applied backgrounds as well as business, public authorities, NGOs, NPOs and education institutions to submit their papers, reflections as well as workshop proposals to the topics addressed in the tracks. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches to the conference topics.
The CeDEM offers a PhD Colloquium in cooperation with the Danube University Krems’ Platform for Political Communication and netPOL http://(www.netpol.at). The PhD Colloquium provides PhD students the opportunity to present their work and gain feedback from experts as well as meet other PhD students. Students from any stage of their PhD are invited to submit their work and invited to apply for the “CeDEM PhD Colloquium Bursary”.
The CeDEM also provides an Open Space, where participants can democratically choose and organise their own presentations, workshops, birds of a feather, events, meetings etc..
Since 2014, the CeDEM conference presents the author/s of the best paper with the “CeDEM Best Paper Award”. Papers are nominated for this award by the reviewers during the peer-review process, the best paper is then selected by the CeDEM’s track directors.
We are also pleased to announce that as from 2016, CeDEM is Technically Co-Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society.
MUNPlanet: For the ones in a hurry, tell us why everyone should attend your conference in one sentence?
The international Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government brings together E-Democracy, E-Participation and Open Government specialists working in academia, politics, government and business to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age.
MUNPlanet: Students attend conferences such as yours to improve some of their existing skills or acquire new ones altogether. What are some key skills that the participants will be able to improve/acquire by attending your conference?
The CeDEM conference offers several ways to contribute and participate - even last minute! Students can gain knowledge and experience on work and research currently conducted in several fields related to E-Democracy, such as E-Partcipation, E-Voting, the use of social media in public administrations, citizen engagement, open collaborative governments, Open Data, Open Access, Information Visualisation and Smart Cities.
If they submit a full (research) paper they not only gain experience in the written and oral presentation of their work, but also direct feedback regarding their work from the double blind peer-review process as well as from an international audience during the sessions.
Students can also gain valuable input on their work by running a 90-minute workshop. Students can decide at last minute to run a 50-minute workshop at the Open Space with a topic up until the last minute (submit a proposal here: Sign in - Google Accounts)
At the PhD Colloquium, PhD students can also submit a paper from any stage of their PhD. This paper is presented at the PhD Colloquium and the students gain immediate and valuable feedback from renowned international experts.
Those who attend the paper presentation sessions, the expert panels, the workshops will be able to gain valuable information and experiences on current research and work. They can directly ask the presenters questions, maybe related to their own current coursework or engage in the workshops.
The CeDEM conference offers several networking opportunities as well as spaces for interaction – several ideas for work, research and co-operations have stemmed from the social dinner and other informal spaces offered.
MUNPlanet: If we imagine that there was a perfect candidate/applicant for your conference, what would the qualifications of this person be?
It is not the perfect candidate we are looking for, it is the perfect mixture of participants with different backgrounds. We truly believe in trans- and interdisciplinary research and therefore we promote the exchange between different disciplines and stakeholders.
MUNPlanet: Can you briefly take us through the program? What can participants expect over the course of two days at the Danube University Krems?
CeDEM16 will be held 18-20 May 2016; this year expect:
- 4 keynotes (Mila Gascó on "Co-Production and ICT-enabled Co-Production"; Hans Jochen Scholl on "Profiling the Academic Domain of Digital Democracy and Government";Efthimios Tambouris on "Multidimensional Open Government Data"; Robert Krimmer on "Co-Creation")
- 6 Workshops (CeDEM16 - Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2016 - Danube University Krems)
- Expert Panel Discussion on "Co-Creation" (*new this year!*)
- 25 full paper presentations
- Reflections Session
- PhD Colloquium
- Open Space (opportunities to contribute here still available: Sign in - Google Accounts)
- Best Paper Prize: 5 nominees, find out the winner on Day 2!
MUNPlanet: It takes a lot to create a memorable conference, which is usually the job of the organizing team. Tell us more about yours and share a few tips every organizer must know.
The main team includes 3 people Peter Parycek and Noella Edelmann (Chairs) and Gerlinde Ecker (Conference Director). But we also have help and feedback from other members of the Department for E-Governance and Administration during the course of the year.
Encourage multi-disciplinarity amd multiple perspectives;
Encourage feedback (we have a Track Directors’ Meeting during every conference), criticism, questions, openness and transparency in all the organizing processes from all involved (organiseirs, authors, Programme Committee members, etc.);
Seek collaboration with other conferences and organisations;
- Make changes, adapt and adopt new ideas. Some things will not work, get rid of these.
MUNPlanet: How do you see new technologies changing the political landscape in the coming years?
New technologies play, as ever, an important role. Future trends are, for example, increased ICT aggregation and integration at higher levels, the development of transparent and non-repudiable consensus finding in political discussions and the improved visualization of legal information so as to help the public understand legal regulations better and more easily. The role of technology will also be increasingly important in citizen engagement and citizen science for open governmental awareness and engagement.
The fulfillment of the technological promises will impact the future use of technology in politics, policy and public administration. The value of technology is an important issue and contributes to both the experimentation as well as use of technologies, thus many technologies, implementations, applications and promises are being studied and revised. Mistakes made in the past are being studied more conscientiously and in greater depth, and the lessons learned. their impact in different contexts and countries are considered at wider levels.
The approaches to studying the role of technology are more varied, and focus more on user needs and skills rather than assuming that new and more technology is better.
MUNPlanet: What is the most important lesson that you want your participants to leave with once the conference is over?
We hope that participants leave with more than one lesson: Insights into the importance of trans- and interdisciplinary research in the field of E-Democracy and Open Government; new insights into results and methods in the different research fields; and finally, new research questions and ideas elaborated with new friends at the conference.
CeDEM team, thank you for devoting your time to MUN Spotlight and telling us more about you and your summer school. MUNPlanet is looking forward to your event and strongly advises all MUNers to check it out. Good luck and we wish you all the best!