Electronic Government, or more recently Smart Government, is a multidisciplinary research domain, which studies the use of information and technology in the context of public policy making (smart governance, open government, and digital divides), smart government operations (transformation, management, organization, infrastructure, interoperability, emergency management, safety, and security), citizen engagement and interaction (e-participation, transparency, collaboration, and digital democracy), and government services (including using social media).
Numerous disciplines contribute to this intersection of research such as computer science, information systems research, information science, political science, organizational sciences (public administration and business administration), sociology, and psychology among others.
The HICSS e-Government track has been a hotbed for groundbreaking studies and new ideas in this particular research domain. Many studies first presented here were developed further and then turned into publications at top journals. Thirteen minitracks cover the full spectrum of research avenues of electronic government including minitracks dedicated to emerging topics, open government, and social media, or most recently, Big, Open, Linked Data (BOLD), Cyberspace Resiliency and Trust, smart cities, Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD), and e-Justice and e-Law.
The HICSS e-Government Track has assumed an excellent reputation among e-Government scholars. In a recent study it has been ranked the academically most rigorous and most valuable research conference on e-Government in the world. The E-Government Track has the lowest acceptance rate of all HICSS tracks and the highest average per-session attendance. Having a paper accepted at the e-Gov Track at HICSS means something. Furthermore, HICSS is in the top 2 percent of all IEEE conferences with regards to proceedings hits and paper downloads.
Hans Jochen Scholl, PhD, serves as an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He earned a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of Albany, NY/SUNY and also holds a Master's degree in Business Administration from the GSBA Zurich, Switzerland. His research interests focus on understanding human-originated complex systems, in particular, by means of system dynamics. Besides quantitative approaches he also embarks on qualitative research using Action Research, Situational Action Analysis among other methods. Areas of study include information management, electronic government, disaster studies (disaster information management), technology evolution, and pro sports information management. Jochen is a past president of the Digital Government Society and serves as Chair of the IFIP WG 8.5 (IS and Public Administration). Jochen's group also maintains and publishes the E-Government Reference Library (EGRL).