The Digital Government Society (DGS) will hold the 24th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research – dg.o 2023 - in Tartu, Estonia, with a special focus on building safe and secure cross-border services.  The conference main organizer is the ERA Chair of e-governance and digital public services, Center for IT Impact Studies (CITIS) in the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu.

As the European Parliament and Council adopted the regulation establishing a single digital gateway on 11 December 2018, it set Europe on a very clear path of digital transformation, planned to be fully implemented by the end of 2023. This transformative change will greatly enhance the development of cross-border services as by then all national online procedures will have to be made fully accessible to cross-border users. In addition, the ‘once-only principle’ will be applied to cross-border exchanges of evidence for a range of procedures. All of this cannot be achieved and developed further without extensive collaboration between private and public sectors. Specifically, the conference aims to advance research and practice on cross-border services in democratic digital government. 

The dg.o conference series is an established forum for presentation, discussion, and demonstration of interdisciplinary research on digital government, ICT and public administration, political participation, civic engagement, technology innovation, applications, and practice. Each year the conference brings together scholars recognized for the interdisciplinary and innovative nature of their work, their contributions to rigor of theory and relevance of practice, their focus on important and timely topics and the quality of their writing.

The conference proceedings are to be published by ACM International Conference Proceeding Series (3.1 according to ETIS), and indexed in DBLP and Google Scholar.

IMPORTANT DATES

January 20, 2023: Papers, workshops, tutorials, and panels are due

March 31, 2023: Author notifications (papers, workshops, tutorials, panels)

April 1, 2023: Application deadline for doctoral colloquium

April 15, 2023: Posters and demo proposals due

April 24, 2023: Poster/demo author notifications

April 25, 2023: Final version of manuscripts due in EasyChair

May 1, 2023: Doctoral colloquium notification / Early registration begins

May 20, 2023: Early registration closes

CONFERENCE CHAIRS

Prof Robert Krimmer, University of Tartu, Estonia

Prof Marijn Janssen, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands

Helen K. Liu, National Taiwan University



PROGRAM CHAIRS

Dr Mihkel Solvak, University of Tartu, Estonia

Dr. Hsin-chung Liao, National Chengchi University


Call for Track Proposals

You can find the invitation and instructions for call for track proposals here: Invitation (pdf)

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS AND FORMATS:

1. Prepare the track proposal using the template available here: GDocs template.

2. email your proposal to Robert Krimmer – robert.krimmer@ut.ee 


The submission of your track proposal should be based on the above template, including:

  • The title of the track
  • Track chairs (multiple track chairs are encouraged to attract more submissions, cover diverse aspects and ensure attendance during meetings and conference)
  • Summary of track goals and motivation, including a list of topics.
  • Evidence of track chairs' effort or research in the proposed area.

 

Track Proposal Submission and Decision Deadlines:

  August 15 2022:              Track proposals due

  August 22, 2022:              Acceptance notification for tracks

  September 1, 2022:         First call for papers for all tracks

 

Track chair eligibility: At the time of track proposal, the chairs should be reminded for the following eligibility criteria to be accepted as a track.

  1. Track chairs should be a member of the DGS at the point of acceptance.
  2. You can only be a track chair in one track.

 

The track chairs are responsible for the following conference organization activities:

  • attend the online monthly organization meetings
  • monitor the submitted track papers and to oversee the review of the submitted papers
  • propose to accept/reject papers for the track
  • select and nominate the best paper in their respective track for the best paper award
  • communicate with the Program Committee (PC) and Organization chairs of the paper submission and selection status
  • plan track sessions to support PC chairs, and assign the session chairs of the track
  • write a brief summary of the conference activity for the track for inclusion in the dgs newsletter.
  • register and attend the conference
  • identify good/best papers to be submitted to the GIQ dg.o special issue (organized by the program chairs) or to a special issue for other affiliated journals (organized by track chairs).




About the conference location

Estonia, also known as e-Estonia, is at the forefront of digital governance. It is ranked first in Europe by the Digital Economy and Society Index 2021 in both the provision of digital public services and in e-governance usage. This is based upon our X-road distributed state information system. We believe that conference participants would be interested in hearing from some of the architects and practitioners of the system that now provides over 3,100 separate online services for citizens and companies in the country. In 2014, Estonia became the first country in the world to provide access to its e-services for residents living abroad, including establishing new companies, better known as the e-residency, which now has over 60,000 e-residents. Furthermore, Estonia has sought to share its experience with other countries in the adoption of E-governance systems. In October 2020, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL), Estonia, and Germany signed a joint declaration of intent to establish a global high-level cooperation framework to assist countries in learning and to implement scalable digital services and applications in a cost-efficient, accelerated and integrated manner.

Tartu is Estonia’s second largest city with a population of 100,000. Tartu is a compact university town with a calm living and study environment, youthful people and a vibrant cultural life (https://visittartu.com/). In Estonia, the City of Tartu has been a forerunner in digital transformation, focusing on improved data collection systems as well as implementing various smart solutions and digital public services, including smart homes, mobility monitoring and digital combined bike sharing and public transportation system. In addition, Tartu is one of the flagship smart cities in Europe using digital tools to promote energy efficiency. This is partly thanks to the fact that the city, together with the University of Tartu has created a highly supportive environment for tech-related start-ups and companies who work together with the local government in digitalizing and improving the public services for our citizens. In addition, Tartu will be the European capital of cultural in 2024 (see more here: https://www.tartu2024.ee/en).

University of Tartu ranks in the top 300 best universities in the world according to both the QS and Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings. UT is also the oldest, largest and most prestigious university in the Baltic region and according to the ISI Web of Science, is in the top 1% of the world's most-cited universities and research institutions.