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Beyond Smart & Connected Governments: Sensors and the Internet of Things in the Public Sector (call for chapter proposals) 20/06/2017

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CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS:   Proposal Submission Deadline: July 15th, 2017

Beyond Smart and Connected Governments: Sensors and the Internet of Things in the Public Sector”

A book edited by J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Theresa A. Pardo and Mila Gascó. University at Albany, State University of New York. To be published by Springer. This publication is part of the Public Administration and Information Technology (PAIT) book series http://www.springer.com/series/10796


Generally speaking, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the network of interconnected everyday objects. IoT is increasing the universality of the Internet by integrating every object for interaction via embedded systems, creating a highly distributed network of devices communicating with human beings as well as other devices. Thanks to rapid advances in underlying technologies, IoT is opening tremendous opportunities for a large number of novel applications that promise to improve the quality of life. In recent years, IoT has gained much attention from researchers and practitioners from around the world (Xia, et al., 2012). The Internet of Things is one of the hottest topics in Information Technology (IT), and that’s reflected in spending. Since fiscal 2011, federal spending on IoT has been growing at a compound annual rate of 10 percent. New technologies, such as sensors, are providing new ways to systematically capture data and to use it to respond to complex public problems. Some of the new technologies and applications made possible through these advances have been identified and studied in recent literature in terms of their relevance to government. These studies make clear that such new applications resurface enduring topics in digital government research such as security and privacy. While the IoT entails a diverse group of IT applications, they seem to share common goals such as: (1) connected physical safety and security, (2) saving money by increasing efficiency and employee productivity, (3) automating processes rather than providing information that humans can use to make decisions, and (4) applying IoT to longstanding practices to achieve additional benefits. The use of these technologies and the data produced through them will have an impact on individual government agencies and government operations as a whole, potentially changing the very nature of the relationships between government, citizens, and other stakeholders. They present opportunity, but also critical challenges to governments in both the developed and developing world and across the branches of government.

Objective of the Book

This book will provide one of the first comprehensive approaches to the study of sensors and the Internet of Things from a government and public policy perspective. The book will include sound theories and concepts for understanding opportunities and challenges governments face, when seeking to improve public services and government operations through the use of IoT. It will also include innovative methodologies for building understanding of the potential of a smart and connected government. In addition, the book will offer relevant case studies and practical recommendations. We will welcome chapters on theoretical frameworks, empirical research and case studies of projects from around the globe. The book will be a compilation of selective high-quality chapters covering cases, concepts, methodologies, theories, experiences, and practical recommendations on topics related to smart and connected governments, sensors, cloud storage, data processing, and any other IoT related application in the public sector. It will address a diversity of technologies, applied to several contexts, as well as different levels and branches of government. We expect a volume with significant international content, including both developed and developing countries. As a whole, the book will argue that sensors and the IoT can enhance the public sector’s ability to create public value, and will, most importantly, present critical challenges that need to be understood and managed if the potential of the IoT is to be realized by the world’s governments.

Target Audience

The target audience will be academics and professionals who want to improve their understanding of sensors and the IoT (or objects) at all levels and branches of government and in very different political, economic, and cultural contexts. In addition, the book will welcome chapters focused on the use of sensors and IoT at different stages of the policy process, from agenda setting to design, implementation, and evaluation as well as chapters that address policy questions in the deployment of IoT.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Theories and concepts related to the Internet of Things
  • Empirical research about, sensors, data processing, cloud storage, and the Internet of Things
  • Innovative methodologies for understanding smartness, sensors, and the Internet of Things in the public sector
  • Case studies about the Internet of Things
  • Sensors, IoT, and data processing, data, and cloud storage, security, and privacy issues
  • The use of sensors and the Internet of Things to understand complex social phenomena
  • The use of sensors and the Internet of Things as part of the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies
  • The use of sensors and the Internet of Things as part of the design, implementation, and evaluation of government programs
  • Sensors and IoT in national, state and local governments
  • Sensors and IoT in the judicial branch
  • Sensors and IoT in the legislative branch
  • Sensors, IoT, and smartness in governments
  • IoT in developing countries
  • Practical recommendations for IoT applications and public projects

Submission Procedure

Researchers are invited to submit on or before July 15th, 2017, a 1-2 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified on or before July 20th, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 15th, 2017. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


This book is scheduled to be published by Springer. Public Administration and Information Technology publishes authored and edited books that examine the application of information systems to common issues and problems in public administration. This series examines both the successes of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) adoption and some of the most important challenges to implementation. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit www.springer.com. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2018.

Important Dates

July 15, 2017:                          Proposal Submission Deadline

July 20, 2017:                         Notification of Proposal Acceptance

August 15, 2017:                    Full Chapter Submission

October 15, 2017:                  Review Results Returned

November 15, 2017:              Revised Chapter Submission

December 15, 2017:              Final Acceptance/Rejection Notification

February 15, 2018:                Final Chapter Submission with All Materials

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to: J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Theresa A. Pardo, Mila Gascó. Center for Technology in Government and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York, 187 Wolf Road, Suite 301, Albany, NY 12205, USA

jgil-garcia@ctg.albany.edu and anitacatarrivas@gmail.com


Apertura en todos los poderes del Estado: del gobierno abierto al Estado abierto 10/05/2017

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Estado AbiertoLa Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas acaba de publicar el libro “Desde el gobierno abierto al Estado abierto en América Latina y el Caribe”. En la obra -editada por Alejandra Naser, Álvaro Ramírez-Alujas y Daniela Rosales- participan diversos autores,  entre los que se encuentran autores de la talla de Oscar Oszlak o Joan Subirats.

La obra recoge las diferentes perspectivas de apertura de lo público, aglutinadas bajo un concepto de Estado Abierto, donde la apertura impregnaría a todos los poderes del Estado.

Participo con el capítulo “Hacia el Estado abierto: justicia abierta en América Latina y el Caribe“, donde trato el tema de la apertura de la justicia. Dentro del capítulo se presentan los principios y la filosofía del gobierno abierto en el contexto de la justicia y se tratan iniciativas y compromisos de los países de la región en dicho ámbito. Asimismo, incluyo un epígrafe con el objetivo de intentar disipar la confusión existente entre iniciativas de justicia electrónica e iniciativas de justicia abierta. Asimismo incluyo un epígrafe proponiendo temas de especial interés, a ser tenidos en cuenta como “candidatos” (en el ámbito específico de la justicia abierta)  para formar parte de los planes de acción de los Estados ante la Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto.

Aquí dejo link, de descarga del libro completo.



2017 European Interoperability Framework (EIF V3): aligning Open Data and much more 25/03/2017

Posted by El Blog de Estratic in e-Government, EIF V3, Interoperability, Open Data.
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The new 2017 version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF V3) has been published this week, including very interesting recommendations. The EIF has become an important reference in the field of interoperability and -as this third version shows- there is a true evidence of a very mature interoperability view. The first version of the EIF several years ago had a very limited interoperability view mostly focused on a technological view.

The evolution of the framework has been impressive. Based on the most advanced interoperability concept, aligned with current academic knowledge in this field, interoperability is not anymore “ability of systems”, but it is seen as a true “ability of organizations”, defining interoperability as “ability of organisations to interact towards mutually beneficial goals, involving the sharing of information and knowledge between these organisations, through the business processes they support, by means of the exchange of data between their ICT systems”.

This is the core concept, basis of an interoperability multi-dimensional view. Most of the important problems related to interoperability are not related to semantic or technical dimensions but are related to organizational dimension as well as interoperability governance. This is the definition that fits the most advanced view of interoperability. This concept that it was adopted more than seven years ago, now it has been powerfully developed.

It has been created not only a mature interoperability framework, but also a true public sector modernization policy, driven and engine by interoperability as a Principle. The European interoperability view has evolved to a true public policy, a true ecosystem thas includes an interoperability strategy, an interoperability framework, an interoperability architecture reference as well as interoperability guidelines in order to implement the modernization of the public sector based on the interoperability. It is interesting to say that -among other- the EIF V3 is also aligning key open government elements, including important recommendations related to fields such as open data or open source software. ISA2 is doing a great job. Very good news.

Carlos E. Jimenez-Gomez

Information and Technology in Open Justice: SSCR Special Issue (Call for papers) 10/03/2017

Posted by El Blog de Estratic in Information and Technology, Judiciary, Open Government, Open Judiciary, Open Justice.
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Social Science Computer Review (2015 Impact Factor: 1.525) Special Issue on “Information and Technology in Open Justice”.  Abstract submission deadline: April 30, 2017

Guest editors:

  • Carlos E. Jimenez-Gomez, IEEE Computer Society STC on e-Government
  • Mila Gasco-Hernandez, Center for Technology in Government and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy – University at Albany – SUNY.


On January 2009, President Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government that declared his administration’s commitment to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government and establishing a system linking three principles: transparency, participation and collaboration. Since then, public administrations around the world have embarked on open government initiatives and have worked to redefine their relationship with citizens and with each other.  The benefits attributed to open government are many. They include the claims that open government leads to more effective decision-making and services, safeguards against corruption, enables public scrutiny, and promotes citizens’ trust in government, included better achievements of effectiveness, efficiency or accountability.

Although many open government initiatives have been implemented around the world, most of them have been related to the executive and legislative powers and institutions. However, the topic of open justice has been little explored, perhaps due to its traditionally having been considered a “closed” field. There is a need to know about what open justice is, to explore its implementation and to understand what it can do to improve government, society and democracy.

The aim of this special issue is to shed light on the concept of openness in the judiciary and to identify and analyze worldwide initiatives that focus on opening judicial organizations by intensively using information and technology.

Recommended topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Open data and big data
  • Re-use of information in the justice field
  • Open source software for open justice
  • Social media
  • Interoperability
  • Evaluation of open justice initiatives
  • Computer-mediated transparency and accountability
  • The CIO’s role in open justice
  • ICT-enabled co-production/co-creation of justice
  • Open justice, e-access, and e-inclusion
  • Privacy versus access
  • Participation
  • Innovation in the justice field
  • Open justice and the modernization of the courts
  • Online Dispute Resolution

It is the intention of the special issue to include both empirical and theoretical articles but priority will be given to analytic articles with data.

Submission procedure

Researchers and practitioners will be invited to submit on or before April 30, 2017 a 2-3 article proposal clearly explaining the goals and content of the proposed article. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by May 31, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent article organizational guidelines. Full articles are expected to be submitted by September 30, 2017. All submitted articles will be reviewed on a blind review basis. Input will be sent to authors by November 30, 2017. Final articles will be expected by December 31, 2017.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically to Dr. Mila Gascó-Hernández (mgasco@ctg.albany.edu).


Actualizado: Programa del Congreso Internacional sobre Justicia Abierta 2016 05/11/2016

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Se retransmitirá íntegramente por streaming -del 29 de noviembre,  hasta el 1 de diciembre de 2016- el primer congreso internacional íntegramente dedicado a la Justicia Abierta (Open Judiciary), que podríamos definir como la aplicación de la filosofía y principios del Gobierno Abierto, en el contexto de la justicia y el Poder Judicial.

El congreso, que tiene lugar en San José, Costa Rica, ha sido impulsado y organizado por el Poder Judicial de Costa Rica, país que institucionalmente puede considerarse uno de los pioneros a nivel formal y explícito en dicho ámbito, que ya en 2013 abogó ante la Cumbre de la Alianza para el Gobierno Abierto por desarrollar una “Política de Gobierno Abierto para el Poder Judicial” (“Develop a Judiciary´s Open Government Policy”).

Ayer presenté el libro sobre Justicia Abierta que se acaba de publicar “Logrando una Justicia Abierta a través de la Participación Ciudadana y la Transparencia“. Hoy a las 8 de la mañana (hora de Costa Rica) -15 horas (hora peninsular en España)- impartiré mi conferencia “Justicia Abierta: Claves y Retos”, y podrá ser seguida en streaming en este link.

Aquí dejo el programa íntegro del congreso.

La entrada al congreso es gratuita, aunque las plazas son limitadas. La inscripción a este congreso pude realizarse en este link.

Un saludo

Advancing towards the “Smart Government” in the United States 21/10/2016

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Today, I have been reading the report of the US Government Accountability Office (GAO-17-14). The focus is about how the US Federal Government is using Open Innovation strategies. Practices to engage citizens and effectively implement Federal initiatives. It is really very interesting, and very good news that I wanted to share in this post.

Some administrations are advancing more and more towards the Smart Government, (más…)

Towards Open Judiciary: “Achieving Open Justice through Citizen Participation and Transparency” 29/09/2016

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9781522507178Open government initiatives have become a defining goal for public administrators around the world. However, progress is still necessary outside of the executive and legislative sectors. There is a need to know what openness in justice is, to explore its implementation, and to understand what it can do to improve government, society and democracy.

Despite previous developments regarding openness in the judiciary, the lack of specific literature on this topic (open government principles applied within the judiciary), combining vision and voice and therefore adopting the philosophy of open government, shows that this is still an unexplored field. What’s more, although numerous initiatives aimed at openness have been undertaken, generally speaking, judicial institutions have followed different directions and interpretations when it has come to implement them. As a result, nowadays, it can be said that the development of open judiciary is unequal and heterogeneous. There is confusion about the concept itself (open judiciary versus open justice), about its implementation process, and about its real impact.

In this context It has been published the book Achieving Open Justice through Citizen Participation and Transparency


La Justicia Abierta en la agenda de la Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo 05/07/2016

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Los próximos días 11 y 12 de julio de 2016, dentro de los cursos de verano de la Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo, tendrá lugar la segunda edición del foro “Una Justicia de Futuro”, donde participaré como ponente en la mesa redonda “Transparencia y Justicia Abierta” que se celebra 11 de julio de 2016 a las 17:15.

Moderará la mesa Carmen Sánchez-Cortés, Secretaria de Estado de Justicia, y tendré como compañeros de debate a Maria del Mar Cabrejas -Vocal del Consejo General del Poder Judicial-, Manuel Villoria -Catedrático de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos- y Rafael Rubio -Director del grupo Participación y Nuevas Tecnologías de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid-. Desde aquí, mi agradecimiento al Ministro de Justicia y su gabinete por esta invitación.

Si te interesa conocer más, aquí se puede acceder al programa del encuentro “Una Justicia de Futuro”



Open Data Licenses & Legal Interoperability 27/04/2016

Posted by El Blog de Estratic in e-Government, Interoperabilidad, Interoperability, Legal, Legislación, Open Data, Open Government.
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Interesante trabajo de Federico Morando publicado en JLIS.it. Vol.4, n.1, 2013, sobre el grado de interoperabilidad legal para diferentes licencias en la apertura de datos.

Legal IOP and Open Data 1

Justicia Abierta: un nuevo paradigma para superar viejos retos en el Poder Judicial y la Administración de Justicia (llamada a propuestas de ponencias) 07/04/2016

Posted by El Blog de Estratic in Colaboración, Congresos, Justicia Abierta, Open Judiciary, Participación, Poder Judicial, Transparencia.
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gigappDesde el viernes 1 de abril y hasta el 24 de mayo inclusive, se pueden enviar propuestas de ponencias (call for papers) para el VII Congreso Internacional en Gobierno, Administración y Políticas Públicas #GIGAPP2016. Entre los Grupos de Trabajo aceptados, (a los que se pueden presentar propuestas de ponencias), está el Grupo de Trabajo “Justicia Abierta: un nuevo paradigma para superar viejos retos en el Poder Judicial y la Administración de Justicia” (y a cuya descripción puede accederse desde aquí. Se anima tanto a expertos como académicos a presentar propuestas de ponencias en dicho grupo de trabajo.

Más información sobre el Call for Papers aquí.