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15th IFIP Electronic Government (EGOV) and 8th Electronic Participation (ePart) Conference 2016

Date: Monday 5th - Thursday 8th September 2016
Local hosts: United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance (UNU-EGOV) and University of Minho
Location: Guimarães, Portugal


The conferences will start on Monday 5th September with the opening ceremony of the dual conferences. Prior to the conference, the PhD Colloquium will be held on Sunday, 4th September 2016.

Conference Organisation

The annual international IFIP EGOV conference is the top-2 ranked core conference in the domain of e-government or ICT in the public sector and the public sphere. Each year, scholars from all over the globe present the most recent advancements and findings of research and innovations in e-Government, e-Governance and related fields of study.

The annual international ePart conference is the top-ranked conference in the domain of electronic participation and the 5th-ranked overall conference dedicated to information technologies in the context of public administration and the public sphere.

The dual conference is organized by the IFIP Working Group 8.5 on information systems in the public sector. Since the beginnings of EGOV in 2001 and the inauguration of ePart in 2009, the two conferences have provided important guidance for research and development in this fast-moving domain of study. The dual IFIP EGOV—ePart conference brings together leading researchers and professionals from across the globe and from a number of disciplines.

The 2016 edition of the dual IFIP (WG 8.5) conference will continue to host five topical tracks. Two general tracks will maintain the tradition of EGOV and ePart in the way, with which former conference attendees have become familiar. In addition, three special-topics tracks are intended to expand the reach and scope of the dual IFIP WG 8.5 conference:

  • The General E-Government Track serves as an umbrella for all e-government-related topics except the special-topics tracks. In particular, it also covers emerging and special topics in e-government research.
  • The General eParticipation Track serves as an umbrella for all eParticipation-related topics, except the special-topic tracks. It focuses on research topics regarding citizen engagement in public affairs, and, in particular, on research that studies participation facilitated by information and communication technologies.
  • The Open Government & Open and Big Data Track focuses on practices and methods of transparency, accountability, public big data sharing, data for improving public value and data analytics.
  • The Policy Modelling and Policy Informatics Track focuses on supporting public policy making with innovative ICT therewith involving relevant stakeholders. The scope ranges from policy analysis and conceptual modeling to programming and visualization of simulation models, to help policy makers and stakeholders deliberate and evaluate policy decisions as well as explore new models of governance.
  • The Smart Governance, Smart Government, Smart Cities & Smart Regions Track focuses on the orchestrated interplay and balance of smart governance practices, smart public administration, smart resource and talent leverage in urban and regional spaces facilitated by novel uses of ICTs and other technologies.

Although the five tracks overlap in certain areas, they cover and emphasise distinct areas of research and appeal to specific and important sub-communities within the overall EGOV-ePart scholarly community. Therefore the tracks have their separate and detailed call for papers.

Across its tracks, the dual IFIP EGOV/ePart 2016 conference hosts the following formats of contributions:

  • Completed research papers (max. 12 pages, published in either the IFIP EGOV or the IFIP ePart proceedings of Springer LNCS)
  • Ongoing research and innovative projects (max. 8 pages, published in alternate proceedings by IOS Press)

Beyond the paper tracks, the dual IFIP EGOV/ePart 2016 conference also hosts

  • Poster presentations (max. 2 pages, to be exposed along the welcome reception on Tuesday evening and to be published in the alternate proceedings by IOS Press)
  • Workshops and panels on pertinent issues, short abstracts (2 pages), and
  • PhD colloquium submissions (max. 8 pages),

all to be included in the alternate proceedings published by IOS Press.

These formats encourage both scientific rigor and discussions of state of the art as well as innovative research approaches, work in progress, and studies of practical e-government or e-governance projects along with papers on system implementations.

All accepted completed research papers will be published by Springer Verlag (LNCS). Accepted submissions in all other categories will be published by IOS Press. After the conference, the proceeding volumes will be submitted to Thompson Reuters for evaluation in order to be indexed in Web of Science Conference Proceedings.

Prior to the conference (that is, on Sunday, 4th September ), the twelfth PhD student colloquium will be held providing doctoral students with an international forum guided by senior scholars for presenting their work, networking opportunities and cross-disciplinary inspiration. It will be dedicated to learning and understanding from each other. PhD research with topical threads of both conferences and the special tracks or further related topics relevant to ICT use in the public sector are welcome and can be presented.

As in previous years, the conferences and tracks will be co-located. Accordingly, general information for all conference tracks is accessible under the following links:

Announcements of future conferences of IFIP's WG 8.5:

We are pleased to announce future tentative locations as follows: St. Petersburg (Russia) - settled for 2017, Krems (Austria), Camerino (Italy), Linköping (Sweden). The order of the locations is not yet settled.

The 2016 dual IFIP EGOV and ePart conference organisers:

Hans Jochen Scholl, University of Washington, USA
Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Maria A. Wimmer, University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany
Efthimios Tambouris, University of Macedonia, Greece
Tomasz Janowski, United Nations University Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance, Portugal
Delfina Sá Soares, University of Minho, Portugal