Participation, Crowdsourcing, Co-Creation, and Innovation in Open Government Minitrack

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, engage in participatory government, encourage governance through transparency initiatives, support co-design of open and collaborative government, allow data ("Big Data") release and use for policy- and decision-making, develop open data and open-data applications, and study how governments/governmental institutions might be influenced through openness 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, evaluation, 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, international initiatives such as the Open Government Partnership, 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 include, but are not limited to:

  • Theories, quantitative and qualitative studies on open government
  • Open/transparent government initiatives around the world
  • Open data in government and applications built on open data
  • Technologies enabling/inhibiting open/transparent government
  • Crowdsourcing in government
  • Collaborative design and participation by citizens
  • E-Citizen, e-Democracy and e-Participation
  • Participation and deliberation
  • Innovation through open data and government
  • Freedom of information and transparency
  • Studies of citizens and democratic processes in social media and/or virtual worlds
  • 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
  • Methods, practices, and approaches to assess the success of open government efforts
  • Privacy, security, and the right to know

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Mitch Cochran (Primary Contact)
City of Monrovia

John Carlo Bertot
University of Maryland

Scott P. Robertson
University of Hawaii at Manoa

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