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

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


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 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 and

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