EGRL Version 12.5 Published

Version 12.5 of the e-Gov Reference Library (EGRL), originally planned for publication on December 15, 2016, has been published as of March 7, 2017. It now contains 8,805 references of predominantly English-language, peer-reviewed work in the study domains of electronic government, electronic governance, electronic democracy. This marks a 7.6% increase in references from version 12.0 (July of 2016) and an 8.3% increase from version 11.5 (December of 2015). This past publication period has yet been another good one for e-Government-related publishing adding a 3-digit number (906) of new peer-reviewed academic references within the past 14 months.

The EGRL has become an indispensable tool for e-Gov scholars. In particular, reviewers of paper submissions are reported to rely heavily on this reference library. Packaged in a 13.7 MB zip file, bibTeX, RIS, and an unpackaged full versions ENL are available among others. Mendeley or Zotero versions can easily be created by importing from RIS or bibTeX files.

Please note: The EGRL is provided on basis of self-service. Do not request any support.

New Publication on 2014 Oso/SR530 Landslide by iQRP DRIM

iQRP (the iSchool Qualitative Research Project) on Disaster Response Information Management has published its first report on the March 22, 2014 Oso/SR530 landslide response (Informational Challenges in Early Disaster Response: The Massive Oso/SR530 Landslide 2014 as Case in Point by Hans J Scholl, Stephanie Ballard, Sarah Carnes, Andy Herman, and Neal Parker). The manuscript passed a rigorous peer review and was accepted for presentation at the prestigious Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. It focuses on the challenges responders had to master when establishing “situational awareness” and a “common operating picture,” which guided the response efforts. The manuscript discusses, how the management of information during a disaster response can be improved. The research group currently also investigates the specific “managerial challenges” responders faced during the incident response. The results of this sub-project are expected to be published later in 2017.

Concurrently, the group empirically investigates the same challenges responders faced during the Cascadia Rising Exercise of June 2016 (CR16). This simulation of a catastrophic incident (a magnitude 9.0+ earthquake and a subsequent tsunami) in the Pacific Northwest involved about 20,000 professional responders as participants, which makes it one of the largest exercises of its kind ever. Many of the CR16 participants were also involved in the Oso/SR530 incident response.

The iQRP team will compare the results of the two studies in order to derive important insights about how the internal and external information management in disaster response can be improved. We will update on the progress of the project and the various iQRP sub-projects here.

 

IFIP EGOV-ePart 2016 Conference — Program

The program of the IFIP EGOV-ePart 2016 Five-Track Conference Cluster (September 5-8, 2016) has been released and can be downloaded/viewed here (PDF).

Over the years, this top-2 ranked annual conference in the greater study domain of electronic government and electronic participation has grown to host five distinct tracks:

— General EGOV Track
— General ePart Track
— Open Government /Open and Big Data Track
— Smart Governance/Government/Cities Track
— Policy Modeling and Policy Informatics Track.

The conference hosts several formats for presenting academic and practitioner work: keynotes, formal paper sessions, workshops, posters, and a pre-conference doctoral colloquium.

This year the conference is hosted by the University of Minho and the United Nations University’s Operating Unit on Policy-Driven Electronic Governance at the Campus de Couros at the heart of the wonderful City of Guimarães, Portugal.