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dg.o 2009 : 10th International Digital Government Research Conference


Conference Series : Digital Government Research
When May 17, 2009 - May 20, 2009
Where Puebla, Mexico
Submission Deadline Dec 21, 2008
Notification Due Feb 1, 2009
Final Version Due Mar 15, 2009

Call For Papers

10th International Digital Government Research Conference (dg.o 2009)
"Social Networks: Making Connections between Citizens, Data & Government"
Puebla, Mexico
May 17-20, 2009

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The Digital Government Society of North America (DGSNA), with major support from the US National
Science Foundation, presents the 10th International Digital Government Research Conference (dg.o
2009). The dg.o meetings are an established forum for the presentation, discussion and demonstration of
interdisciplinary digital government research, technology innovation and applications. Each year the
conference combines:

* Presentations of effective partnerships among government professionals, university researchers,
relevant businesses, and NGOs, as well as grassroots citizen groups, to advance the practice of
digital government.

* Research on digital government as an interdisciplinary domain that lies at the intersections of
computing research, social and behavioral science research, and the problems and missions of

The dg.o 2009 conference theme ?Social Networks: Making Connections between Citizens, Data and
Government? focuses on Web 2.0 technology, the emerging Social Web, and social network systems
that allow large scale distributed collaboration, information sharing and creation of collective intelligence
in government areas. The Social Web that includes blogs, wikis, facebook, flickr, youtube, etc., is
emerging and evolving through massive participation of users in creating, managing, and sharing
multimedia data by linking people and forming virtual interactive communities. Governments are facing
unprecedented transparency and openness through electronic grassroots mobilizations using social
network technology. This conference focuses, in particular, on the policy implications of open
government and the innovative applications of Web 2.0, Social Web, as well as technologies throughout
the domain.

We invite research papers, management, policy and case study papers, student research papers, on-
going research posters, and live demonstrations that address the impact of social networks as
transformative technology for G2G, G2C, C2C, G2B interactions. We also encourage the submission of
panels, ?birds-of-a-feather? discussions, and pre-conference tutorials and workshops. The conference
Organizing Committee particularly encourages submissions on interdisciplinary and crosscutting topics
addressing social computing in the context of broad government challenges and opportunities.

Topics can include, but are not limited, to the following,

* Digital Government Application Domains: such as courts, crisis management, education,
emergency response; international initiatives and cooperation, health and human services, law
enforcement and criminal justice; legislative systems, natural resources management, grants
administration, government statistics, regulation and rulemaking; security; tax administration;
transportation systems, and urban planning.

* IT-enabled Government Management and Operations: such as digital government organization
and management strategies, decision-making processes; information technology adoption and
diffusion; program planning; IT and service architectures, cross-boundary information sharing and
integration, long-term preservation and archiving of government information, information
assurance, service integration, as well as technology transition and transfer.

* Information Values and Policies: such as accessibility, digital democracy and governance, digital
divide, openness, privacy, public participation in democratic processes, security, privacy,
transparency, trust, and universal access to information and services.

* Information Technology and Tools to Support Government: such as collaboration tools;
cyberinfrastructure for digital government domains; digital libraries and knowledge management;
geographic information systems; grid computing; human-computer interaction; intelligent agents,
information integration; interoperable data, networks and architectures; large scale data and
information acquisition and management; mobile government; national and international
infrastructures for information and communication, multiple modalities and multimedia; service-
oriented architectures; semantic web; social networking, mashups, software engineering for large-
scale government projects.


* November 1, 2008 : Conference submission website becomes available. The submission site is
located at:
* December 21, 2008 : Submission deadline for all papers and panel sessions, and
tutorials/Workshop proposals
* February 1, 2009 : Acceptance notifications for all papers and panel sessions; tutorials,
workshop papers.
* February 15, 2009 : Submission deadline for posters and system demonstrations
* March 1, 2009 : Acceptance notification for posters, system demonstrations, and BOF sessions.
* March 15, 2009 : All camera ready versions are due.
* April 15, 2009 : Early Registration is due.
* May 17, 2009 : Conference begins.


* Research Papers (maximum of 10 pages)
* Management, Case Study, or Policy Papers (maximum of 6 pages)
* Student Research Papers (maximum of 10 pages)
* Panels (maximum of 4 pages)
* Posters (maximum of 2 pages)
* System Demonstrations (maximum of 2 pages)
* Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (maximum of 2 pages)
* Pre-conference Tutorials (maximum of 2 pages)
* Pre-conference Workshops (maximum of 2 pages)

Submissions must not exceed the maximum number of pages specified for each type of submission in
camera-ready ACM Proceedings format (double column, single spaced pages). Please do not use page
numbers. Paper titles should be on the first page of text, rather than on a separate cover page.

* Research and Policy track papers will be reviewed through a double blind review process.
Therefore, author names and contact information must be omitted from all submissions. Authors
must identify the topic(s) being addressed by the paper to assist the program committee in the
review process.

* All other submissions should follow the same ACM proceedings camera-ready format with author
names on the paper.

* All accepted submissions will appear in the proceedings, and authors are expected to present
their work. At least one author for each accepted paper must register before the camera ready
version is due in order to be included in the proceedings.

Research papers (maximum 10 pages) ? blind review
These submissions report innovative digital government research results in the form of a formal scholarly
paper. Papers on any digital government topic and all research methodologies are welcome. Relevance
to digital government problems, goals, or policies must be explicit.

Management, case study, or policy papers (maximum 6 pages) ? blind review
These submissions describe and evaluate practical digital government projects or initiatives, discuss
major policy themes, or present and evaluate management approaches to digital government initiatives
and programs..

Student research papers (maximum 10 pages) ? blind review
Digital government research papers authored solely by students should be submitted to this track.
Student papers will also receive a double blind review organized and administered by the student
program committee.

Panels (maximum 4 pages)
Proposals should include the theme and goals of the panel, a summary of the digital government issues
or questions that the panel will address, statements about the value of the discussion to conference
attendees and how well suited the topic is to a panel discussion. In addition, the proposal should include
information about the expertise of the moderator and panelists in the selected issues. Please include
names, institutional affiliations, addresses, email, and phone contact numbers of the contact person,
moderator, and presenter(s).

Posters (maximum of 2 pages)
The poster session, held in conjunction with the system demonstrations, allows presenters to discuss
research in progress, application projects, or government policies and program initiatives in one-to-one
conversations with other participants at the conference. The 2-page summaries should outline the nature
of the research, policy, or project and describe why the work will be of interest to dg.o attendees.
Posters prepared for the conference should measure approximately 36" x 48." Each poster station is
provided a table and an easel. Selected poster submissions may be asked to give an oral presentation in
the conference sessions.

System Demonstrations (maximum 2 pages)
System demonstrations are held concurrently with the poster session to the accompaniment of good food
and professional fellowship. The 2-page summaries should outline the nature of the system and describe
why the demonstration is likely to be of interest to dg.o attendees. Demonstrations of interest include
systems under development or in active use in research or practice domains. Submissions should
include authors' names and contact information according to that format. Each station is provided a table,
an easel, and Internet access. Monitors will be available for rent. Selected demo submissions may be
asked to give an oral presentation in the conference sessions.

Birds-of-a-Feather Discussion Sessions (maximum 2 pages)
Birds-of-a-Feather discussions provide an opportunity for participants to connect around selected topics.
Proposals should identify the conveners, the intended participants, and key discussion questions. These
conversations generally take place during lunch on one of the conference days.

Pre-conference Tutorials (maximum 2 pages)
dg.o tutorials are half- or full-day presentations offering deeper insight into the scientific and government
domains, research topics or methods, technologies or field experience of veteran digital government
researchers and practitioners. Each conference registration includes one full-day or two half-day tutorials
or workshops.

Pre-conference Research or Management Workshops (maximum 2 pages)
We invite workshop proposals on any digital government research or management topic. Individuals
proposing workshops will assume the responsibility of identifying and selecting participants for the
workshop and for conducting workshop activities. Each conference registration includes one full-day or
two half-day tutorials or workshops.



* All accepted management or policy papers, research papers, student papers, panels, posters,
and system demonstrations will be published in the printed proceedings and included in the ACM
digital library. Selected papers may be invited for a journal special issue.

* Outstanding achievement awards will be presented in the categories research papers,
management and policy papers, posters, and systems demonstrations. Papers that reflect the
theme of the conference, a cross-boundary partnership linking government, citizens and data will
be preferred. Other selection criteria include the interdisciplinary and innovative nature of the
work, its contribution to and balance between theory (rigor) and practice (relevance), the
importance and reach of the topic, and the quality of the writing for communicating to a broad



Conference Co-Chairs
Stuart Shulman (UMass Amherst;
Oscar Morales (EPA;

Program Co-Chairs
Soon Ae Chun, (CSI/City University of New York;
Priscilla Regan (GMU;
Rodrigo Sandoval (U Aut?noma del Estado de M?xico, Toluca;

Panel Chair:
Teresa Harrison (

Demo & Poster Chair:
Sehl Mellouli (U Laval;
Andrew Philpot (DGRC and USC/ISI;

Workshop and Tutorial Chairs:
Jing Zhang (Clark U;
Andrea Kavanaugh (Virginia Tech;

Local Chairs:
Luis Luna-Reyes (U de las Americas, Puebla;
Rodrigo Sandoval (U Aut?noma del Estado de M?xico, Toluca;

Student Chair:
Grace Hui Yang (CMU;

BOF Chair:
Peter Muhlberger (Texas Tech;

Communications Chair:
Jamie Callan (CMU;

Andrew Philpot (DGRC and USC/ISI;

Registration Database Manager:
Stephen Purpura (Cornell University;

Priscilla Rasmussen (ARCS;

Sponsorship Chair:
Donna Canestrano (CTG;

Yigal Arens (DGRC and USC/ISI;

DGSNA Liaison:
Eduard Hovy (DGRC and USC/ISI;
Government Liaison:
Oscar Morales (EPA;

National Science Foundation Liason:
Larry Brandt (NSF,



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