Open Government Data

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EEE Intelligent Systems is seeking papers for :

Special Issue on Linked Open Government Data 

Submission deadline: 1 September 2011

Publication: March/April 2012

Government data, also known as public-sector information, contains multiyear authoritative information about political regions, such as societal, economic, or environmental aspects. Government data can be linked with data from other sources (such as companies and universities) to support cross-disciplinary scientific analyses as well as context-dependent business decisions. Recently, Open Government Data (OGD) initiatives pioneered in the US and UK have been emerging in many countries around the world. By proving open access to raw government data, OGD activities are promoting better community participation, business development, and governmental transparency. 

A number of challenges have been observed in current OGD practices:

  • Interoperability: Reusing OGD data is still difficult because OGD is typically published in various nonstandard formats and encoded using isolated vocabularies.
  • Tractability: It is hard to find, manage, and interconnect OGD that is distributed across independent agencies.
  • Scalability: The cost of processing and analyzing OGD can be prohibitively high due to the huge volume of existing OGD and the nontrivial cost of processing individual OGD datasets.
  • Open web and society: OGD data can be reused in serendipitous ways, and its interaction with the social web could increase its value.

These challenges lead to big opportunities for both researchers and practitioners. In both the US and the UK portals, Linked OGD (LOGD) infrastructures have been designed and deployed using a variety of technologies such as the Semantic Web, natural language processing, entity resolution, machine learning, policy/rule-based reasoning, and social networking. Such infrastructures helps researchers accumulate expertise in combining machine power and human power to enable large-scale collaboration between distributed OGD and other data sources, especially the Web of Data. In the realm of eGovernment activity, the World Wide Web Consortium shows strong standardization interest in OGD metadata and infrastructure. In the European Union, there is increasing interest and funding for Linked Data research with a special focus on public-sector information, while the European Commission, through the SEMIC.EU platform, is promoting the idea of Linked Government Metadata. 

Areas of interest include but are not limited to original research in the following areas and topics:

  • Interoperable and meaningful LOGD representation
    • Space management of uniform resource identifiers and identifiers
    • Catalogs and registries for LOGD datasets
    • Ontologies, vocabularies, and semantic annotation for large and/or dynamic LOGD data
    • Vocabulary management for LOGD metadata reuses and specializations
    • Context, provenance, quality, uncertainty, and trustworthiness of LOGD
  • Scalable semantic data management and processing for LOGD
    • Smart integration with legacy systems, barriers, formats
    • Extensible infrastructure for collaborative LOGD data management and processing
    • Smart link generation, learning, validation, and reasoning
    • Scalable LOGD data discovery, access, query, and search
    • Persistence, version freshness, and obsolescence of LOGD
  • LOGD deployment and society
    • Deployment cost and benefits
    • Transparency vs. privacy
    • Free, open data vs. business models
    • License, policy, and legal issues
    • Community engagement, best practices, and lessons learned
  • Innovative and intelligent LOGD consumption
    • User interaction models: cost reduction and usability improvements
    • Social LOGD mashups: personalization, collaboration, and trust
    • Mobile applications and "mGovernment"
    • Intelligent web applications using LOGD as a data source
    • Use-cases for scientific discovery, business analysis, and administrative decision making

Guest Editors

  • Vassilios Peristeras, European Commission, Directorate-General for Informatics, Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA) Unit, Belgium
  • Michael Hausenblas, Linked Data Research Centre, DERI, National University of Ireland
  • Li Ding, Tetherless World Constellation, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

Submission Guidelines 

Submissions should be 3,000 to 5,400 words (counting a standard figure or table as 200 words) and should follow IEEE Intelligent Systems style and presentation guidelines ( The manuscripts cannot have been published or be currently submitted for publication elsewhere. 

We strongly encourage submissions that include audio, video, and community content, which will be featured on the IEEE Computer Society Web site along with the accepted papers. 


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