Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV)


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Digital Government: Research and Practice (DGOV) is an interdisciplinary journal on the potential and impact of technology on governance innovations and its transformation of public institutions. It promotes applied and empirical research from academics, practitioners, designers, and technologists, using political, policy, social, computer, and data sciences methodologies.

DGOV aims to appeal to a wider audience of research and practice communities with novel insights, disruptive design ideas, technical solutions, scientific and empirical knowledge, and a deep understanding of digital impact in the public sector. The major areas include the new forms of governance and citizen roles in the inter-connected digital environment, as well as the governance of new technologies, including governance of automation, sensor devices, robot behavior, artificial intelligence, and big data. Whether it is governing technology or technology for governing, the goal is to offer cutting-edge research and concepts designed to navigate and balance the competing demands of transparency and cybersecurity, innovation and accountability, and collaboration and privacy.  It covers computational, technical, social scientific, behavioral, analytical, theoretical, and integrative approaches.

Research-focused articles will require scientific rigor, and the practice papers will emphasize the real-world problems faced and the process by which they were solved through a variety of methods. DGOV encourages authors to share their experimental data, observational data, or prototype systems to enhance the transparency of their studies.

Topics of interest include the following but not limited to: 

Innovations in Government
Big data analytics for e-Governance
Blockchain in Government
Citizen participation
Collective intelligence, decision making and Innovations
Connected Society and Governance
Crowd Law
Crowdsourcing and Open Innovation
Expert systems and expert networking
Intelligent Systems, AI, Machine Learning and Robotics in government
IT Standards and guidelines
Open data—infrastructures, strategies, and governance
Open government
Nudges and RCTs
Policy analytics and innovations
Sensors, IoT, Cloud in government 
Social media in government

Democracy and Participation
Technology and legitimacy
Alternative models to representative and direct democracy
Digital citizenship, Digital Identify
Digital divide, digital literacy
Participatory government
Public and group behavior monitoring, modeling and analytics
Security, privacy, and trust
Surveillance in government

Strategies and organizational issues
Cloud, mobile and social computing strategies
Compliance, accountability in government
Evidence-based policymaking, E-Governance
Digital workforce and capacity building
Information and service sharing among government agencies
Knowledge capturing, reuse and management
Private, public partnership
Public service provisions and value creation
Systems design, acquisition and IT adoption strategies
Transformations and innovations in public sector
Ethical governance

Applications and Services
Cyber policy standards and guidelines
Disaster and Emergency management
Environmental monitoring and planning
E-Election, E-Voting
Emergency Response and Management
Food Security
Government IT contracting and acquisition
Homeland security
Public safety
Smart agriculture
Smart cities and smart infrastructure
Smart health, e-health, health policy making
Smart Transportation


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