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Publication Release: Global Strategy and Practice of E-Governance: Examples from Around the World

ECIME 2011: 5th European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation

Conference Chair: Walter Castelnovo, University of Insubria, Como, Italy
Programme Chair: Elena Ferrari, University of Insubria, Como, Italy
Call for Papers: Mini Track on The Evaluation of ICT Infrastructures and Systems for the Knowledge Society
Track Chair: Danilo Piaggesi, Fondazione Rosselli Americas (FRA), Alexandria, USA

The concept of Knowledge Society has gained momentum in the past years by publications from international organizations and universities. However, this concept still lacks a substantive and coherent definition. It is because of this difficulty in truly defining what it is that makes the operationalization and measure of it extremely hard. By focusing on knowledge economy we observe that: (a) knowledge is becoming a crucial input for economic growth; (b) the products that knowledge can produce are becoming increasingly beneficial to the wealth of a country; and (c) the development of knowledge economy relies heavily on technological changes in ICT.

This minitrack aims at understanding the role of the ICT infrastructures and systems along with the one played by improved education, investments in innovation, social inclusion and new government policy of a country willing to improve its economic regimen overall and to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). In particular this mini-track looks at the conditions for the creation of a knowledge economy requiring a concerted effort supported by seamless investments in five pillars. These five pillars summarize the key elements needed for the formation of a knowledge-based economy. When education, ICT infrastructure and systems, innovation, social inclusion, and a government policy environment conducive to changes like protection of intellectual property rights, seamlessly converge towards the same objective, a virtuous cycle is triggered that would eventually lead knowledge to become a tangible good that has a value in the market and facilitates the economic growth of a country.

Contributions from both academics and practitioners are welcome on topics including, but not limiting, to the following:
  • the role of ICTs in fostering knowledge economy and knowledge for development
  • the role of ICTs for attaining the Millennium Development Goals
  • ICTs for all and digital inclusion
  • innovative systems for large scale education based on ICTs
  • intellectual property rights
Call for Papers: Mini Track on The Organisational Impact of Social Computing
Track Co-Chairs: Professors Walter Castelnovo and Elena Ferrari, University of Insubria, Como, Italy

Social Computing is already a mainstream in Europe and around the world; Social Computing technologies, tools and applications are more and more pervasive in the lives of individuals and organizations as well. Under many respects, Social Computing has already changed the way in which individuals and communities of individuals communicate and interact. Based on this, both in the Academia and in the industry there is a growing expectation that Social Computing capabilities deeply reshape the way in which intra-organizational and inter-organizational communications and relationships will be managed in the next future, However, despite its increasing popularity, the impacts and benefits of corporate social computing still remain unclear.

The aim of this mini-track is to identify and discuss the conditions that would enable Social Computing technologies, tools and applications to spread their potential benefits both on enterprises and government agencies. The goal is also to understand which are the constraints that could limit their impact on the core processes of an organization and what can be done to remove such obstacles. Solicited contributions will be either research papers as well as papers describing real-world case studies and applications.

Contributions from both academics and practitioners are welcome on topics including, but not limiting, to the following:
  • Security, privacy and trust management for social computing
  • Social computing and risk management
  • Case studies in enterprise 2.0 and government 2.0
  • The impact of social computing on work and organizations
  • Social computing and innovative models for inter-organizational cooperation
  • Business Process Reengineering based on social computing
  • Innovative applications of social computing (mobile social computing, opinion mining, social learning…)

Publication opportunity
Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration. The proceedings have an ISBN and details of the proceedings accreditations are listed on the conference website.

Selected papers from the conference will be considered for a special conference issue of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems Evaluation – http://www.ejise.com. The journal is listed several international lists. Full details are available on the conference website.

Submission details
Abstracts: All submission types require a 300-500 word abstract in the first instance, to be received by 17 February 2011. Please read the guidelines at http://academic-conferences.org/abstract-guidelines.htm
Submission: Only accepted by online form submission at http://academic-conferences.org/ecite/ecime2011/ecime11-abstract-submission.htm
Full paper: Only required for academic submissions once the abstract has been selected, no more than 5,000 words to be received by 07 April 2011.

Papers should be submitted as .doc or .rtf file attachments by email to the Conference Manager, Carol Sheasby (carol.sheasby@academic-conferences.org).

All full papers will be double-blind reviewed by members of the conference committee to ensure an adequate standard, that the proposed subject of their abstract has been followed, that the paper is of a suitable length, the standard of English is adequate and the paper is appropriately referenced.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 17 February 2011
Notification of abstract acceptance: 24 February 2011
Final copy of full paper due: 07 April 2011
Notification of paper acceptance (subject to any requested changes): 16 June 2011
Earlybird registration closes: 30 June 2011
Final paper submission (with changes): 14 July 2011
Final author registration date: 04 August 2011

Details of the conference programme committee are on the conference website. The full call for papers can be found online at http://academic-conferences.org/ecime/ecime2011/ecime11-call-papers.htm