Big, Open, Linked Data (BOLD), Analytics, and Interoperability Infrastructures in Government

The public sector is information-rich by nature. The opening of data by public organizations is a recent phenomenon in which public sector information is made available and thus can be combined with other data sources and used by others for a variety of purposes including improving the public sector, business innovation and transparency.

As data can often be generated and provided in huge amounts and through multiple sources, specific needs for processing, curation, linking, visualization result in the need for big data and linked data approaches. Data pipelines are created in which data is in real-time combined for creating new applications and changing user behaviors. Cloud services are now changing the ways of providing and using ICT, based on virtualized resources meeting requirements like security, privacy and scalability. Clouds provide the opportunity to share resources and services. This requires both infrastructure for the opening, processing and visualization of data, organization readiness for making use of these data and innovative ideas. Although there is a huge potential how this should be accomplished and what the impact of public organizations is not understood. All these developments impact the operation of governments, their relationship with the private sector enterprises and the society and there are changes at the technical, organizational, managerial and political level impacting the capabilities needed, the making of policies and traditional institutional structures.

This minitrack is aimed at discussing theories, methodologies, experience reports, literature and case studies in the field of Big, Open and Linked Data in Government. We solicit for papers covering both organizational and technical aspects and combining theory and practice. Papers covering a multitude of aspects are strongly encouraged. Furthermore we promote a diversity of research methods to study the challenges of this multifaceted discipline including best practices, case studies, design approaches, literature reviews and interviews.

Minitrack topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Impact of BOLD on government and society on the technical, organizational and institutional level
  • Organizational strategies and policy for BOLD, esp. privacy and security
  • Changing relationship between government, private organizations and society
  • Methods and technologies leading to enhanced digital public services
  • Big data innovations, applications and other approaches utilizing huge amounts of data
  • Linked data, metadata and semantic approaches
  • Interoperability and architectural standards, principles and frameworks
  • Technical, semantic, organizational, managerial and legal/policy aspects of interoperability
  • System development, implementation and agile approaches for digital public services
  • System, user, data and process-based integration
  • Information and cloud infrastructures, shared services, cloud providers
  • Reuse and data quality and ownership
  • Semantic ontologies, web services and modeling for governmental infrastructures
  • Cloud computing, Software as service (SaaS), ICT-services, scalability, reliability, flexibility
  • Multi-sided platforms, interoperability, information sharing and business models
  • Cross-organizational modeling and visualization ranging from the organizational to technical level
  • Service-oriented architectures, web services, semantic web services, orchestration and composition
  • Citizen-driven and entrepreneurial approaches based on Open Data
  • BOLD adoption and success factors

More information on the mini-track chairs:

Marijn Janssen is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek-Professor in ICT and Governance and head of the ICT section of the Technology, Policy and Management Faculty of Delft University of Technology. He conducted and managed a large number of research projects and published over 240 refereed publications and serves on several editorial boards and conferences in the area of e-government. He is conference chair of the annual IFIP EGOV conference series. For more information, visit

Yannis Charalabidis is assistant professor and head of the eGovernment Unit of the Information Systems Laboratory at the University of the Aegean, coordinating policy, research and pilot application projects for governments and enterprises worldwide. A computer engineer with a PhD in complex information systems, he has been employed for several years as an executive director in Singular Group, leading software products development and company expansion in Europe and the US. During the last years he is also a member of the Greek Interoperability Center, a regional excellence centre promoting interoperability for administrations and enterprises. He has been conducting several FP6, FP7, eInfrastructures, CIP/PSP and national research projects in the areas of eGovernment Information Systems and Services, eParticipation, Policy Modelling, Open Data, Interoperability Frameworks and Government Transformation. He has published more than 150 papers in refereed journals and conferences and is a member in several IFIP, IEEE, W3C, CEN, government and industry committees. He is the Best Paper Award winner ot the EGOV 2008 and 2012 Conferences, Best e-government Paper Nominee at the 42nd HICSS Conference and 1st Prize Nominee at the 2009 European eGovernment Awards.

Helmut Krcmar holds the Chair for Information Systems, Faculty of Informatics, Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany and serves as Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Informatics. He is also a member of the faculty of the TUM Business School. He received a Ph.D. in business administration (University of Saarbrücken) and has worked as Post Doctoral Fellow at the IBM Los Angeles Scientific Center and as Assistant Professor of Information Systems (Leonard Stern Graduate School of Business, New York University and Baruch College, City University of New York). 1987 to 2002 he held the Chair for Information Systems, Hohenheim University, Stuttgart, Germany, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences from 2000 to 2002. His research interests include Information and Knowledge Management, IT-enabled Value webs, Service Management, Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Information Systems in Health Care and eGovernment.


Marijn Janssen
(Primary Contact)

Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management
Delft University of Technology

Jaffalaan 5
NL-2600 GA Delft
The Netherlands
Tel: +31-15-278-1140

Yannis Charalabidis

Information Systems Laboratory
Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering
University of the Aegean

83200 Samos, Greece
Tel: +30-22-730-82221

Helmut Krcmar

Technische Universität München
Chair for Information Systems

Boltzmannstr. 3
D-85748 Garching bei
München, Germany
Tel: +49-89-289-19530
Fax: +49-89-289-19533