Center for E-Governance Research Team

Research at the Centre for E-Governance

The Centre for E-Governance conducts trans-disciplinary research on the effects of technological advances in regard to strategies, structure and processes in the digital network era.

The team conceptualises, implements and evaluates projects and contributes to scientific progress in these research domains:

● eGovernance: eAdministration and Government
● eDemocracy: eParticipation and cooperation
● Open Data: Information management and organisational change processes

The outcomes raise awareness for changing legal and socio-technical governance structures and path the way for novel approaches to decision making in administration, policy making, economy and society.


Research Database



Recent and Ongoing Projects


ADEQUATe - Quality on Data Portals

  • FFG-funded project in ICT of the Future, 3. call
  • 2015 - 2018
  • The ADEQUATe project will identify the requirements for the quality of open data management in Austria and evaluate the needed mechanisms to monitor, evaluate and solve these identified data quality issues on open data portals and beyond. Based on this the project will develop data quality mechanisms in 3 areas of: automated machine-driven mechanisms, of data linkage and crowdsourcing approaches and combine these results into the (Open) Data Quality Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. This Framework will be deployed in 2 real world use cases: the major open data portals in Austria: and and will be evaluated and refined in several iterations to follow an agile software development process along user needs (user-driven & data-driven development).



Shared Standards for Open Data and Public Sector Information

  • EU-funded network-project in ICT Policy Support Programme
  • 2014 - 2016
  • The objectives of the Share PSI 2.0 Thematic Network are to bring together a very broad range of stakeholders in the re-use of public sector information and to help them to reach consensus on technical standards, complementing existing and ongoing initiatives in the domain. The network focuses particularly on implementing the new PSI Directive and includes government agencies and ministries from a variety of member states as well as standards bodies, academic institutions, commercial companies working in the field and organisations that effectively interface between government and citizens using open data as the medium.


E-Partizipation - Authentifizierung bei demokratischer Online-Beteiligung

  • Funded by Kiras, the Austrian funding programme for security research
  • 2014-2016
  • This projects anaylsis current and develops future solutions for authentification of electronic identiteis in e-participation processes. The aim is to project and develop future solutions for increased and secured use of e-participation in society as there is an increasing demand of empowerment for citizens throguh direct participation. The consortium will map appropriately secure and authenticated electronic IDs in relation to different e-participation models and processes.


Open Open Government Data Standardisation


Open Data Portals in Austria

  • Co-initiator, academic advisor and evaluator
  • 2011 - ongoing
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  • The Austrian Chancellery appointed the Centre for E-Governance to define the functionalities of an open government portal including interaction items such as user generated content, data federation principles and search functionality. After the first going live of the Viennese data portal an extensive evaluation of goals in respect to outcomes was performed and resulted in measures to improve both internal processes and external usability. For the apps4austria challenge jury evaluation criteria have been developed according to international precursors, enriched with new criteria tailored towards the specifics of the challenge rules.


OurSpace – The virtual youth space

  • EU-funded innovation-project in ICT Policy Support Programme
  • 2010 - 2013
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  • OurSpace is the latest international e-participation project where the Centre for E-Governance was involved in a leading position as work package leader of the work package ‘pilot operation and evaluation’. The project lasted for 3.5 years and successfully involved decision makers and youth in online discussions and opinion making. The project was piloted in Austria, Czech Republic, Greece and the UK. The project was well received by the commission and presented an numerous events.



E-Learning for E-Government

  • Collaboration between the City of Vienna and the Federal Chancellery of Austria and the Centre for E-Governance
  • 2009 - ongoing
  • The goal was to support the Austrian E-Government Strategy with E-Learning content. An interactive design was aiming to teach a broad range of E-Governance aspects, as well as aspects of topics like Governance 2.0. The learning content was presented from the perspective of the users and the public administration. The project clearly shows the Centre for E-Governance has experiences in developing digital solution for usage in public administration.


ISPRAT e. V. - Interdisziplinäre Studien zu Politik, Recht, Administration und Technologie e.V.

  • Cooperation with Fraunhofer FOCUS, ISPRAT e.V. and TU Munich
  • 2012 - ongoing
  • ISPRAT is investigating how ICTs can be used to ease and foster communication between citizens and public administration. As cooperation between science and practice, the goal is to foster the use of communication and information technologies for collaboration between citizens and the public administration. ISPRAT shows that the Centre for E-Governance is part of current state of the art research in government-citizen-interaction.




Hosted Events and Journal


CeDEM - International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government

  • The CeDEM conference-series is among the leading academic European conferences in its domain. The international Conference for e-Democracy and Open Government brings together e-democracy, e-participation and open government specialists working in academia, politics, government and business to critically analyse the innovations, issues, ideas and challenges in the networked societies of the digital age. CeDEM takes place annually in spring at Danube University Krems. The international recognition of the conference resulted in a spin-off conference in Asia. ‘CeDEM Asia’ is held every two years and will be hosted by City University of Hong Kong in December 2014.


Gov2.0 Camp Vienna

  • The Gov2.0Camp Vienna is jointly organised with the City of Vienna, Federal Chancellery, Federal Computing Centre and Dialog Plus. It is an informal national conference and forum for all activists, researchers and civil servants in Austria that are interested in open government and related fields. The Gov2.0Camp Vienna is held each year in December. As a direct follow up from the first camp in 2010, the city of Vienna established an open data strategy and the respective award winning data portal.


JeDEM - Open Access eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government

  • The eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government (JeDEM) provides researchers and practitioners the opportunity to advance the practice and understanding of eDemocracy, eGovernment, eParticipation. The journal is peer reviewed and appears twice a year. It is an ideal platform for dissemination in academia.




Selected List of Publications since 2012


  • Höchtl, J.; Parycek, P.; Sedy, F. (2014) The Development of Open Government Data in Austria. In: Sonntagbauer, Kawa Nazemi, Susanne Sonntagbauer, Giorgio Prister, and Dirk Burkhardt, Handbook of Research on Advanced ICT Integration for Governance and Policy Modeling: S. 19-27, IGI Global, Hershey, USA.
  • Parycek, P.; Sachs, M.; Sedy, F.; Schoßböck, J. (2014) Evaluation of an E-participation Project: Lessons Learned and Success Factors from a Cross-Cultural Perspective.. In: E. Tambouris et al. (Eds.), ePePart 2014, LNCS 8654: S. 128-140, IFIP International Federation for Information Processing, Heidelberg et al.
  • Parycek, P.; Höchtl, J. (2014) Open Government Data in Österreich: Entstehung, Status Quo, Entwicklung. In: Schweighofer, E.; Hoffmann, H.; Kummer, F.; Withalm, G.; Primosch, E.; Schefbeck, G.; Handstanger, M., Festschrift für Friedrich Lachmayer, Weblaw, Bern.
  • Edelmann, N.; Parycek, P.; Schossboeck, J. (2013) Exit the E-Government Ivory Tower: A Training Strategy - A Case Study from Austria. In: Ralph H. Sprague, Jr., 2013 46th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS): S. 1674-1683, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, California.
  • Mergel, I.; Müller, P.; Parycek, P.; Schulz, S. (2013) Praxishandbuch Soziale Medien in der öffentlichen Verwaltung, Springer VS, Wiesbaden.
  • Landler, C., Parycek, P., Kettemann, C. M. (Hg.) (2013) Netzpolitik in Österreich. Macht. Medien. Menschenrechte., Edition Donau-Universität Krems (Druckerei und Auslieferung: Verlagshaus Monsenstein und Vannerdat OHG), Krems.
  • Kwak N.; Mergel, I.; Parycek, P.; Skoric, M.M. (2013) Transformation of Citizenship and Governance in Asia: The Challenges of Social and Mobile Media. In: Journal for E-Democracy and Open Government.
  • Parycek, P.; Schossböck, J. (2013) Adopting Cultures of Openness in Governance: Potentials and Conflicts from the Austrian Perspective. In: Götz, Norbert; Marklund; Carl, Götz, Norbert, Marklund, Carl (Eds.): The Promises of Transparency: Cultures and Paradoxes, forthcoming.
  • Sachs, M.; Schoßböck, J. (2013) Evaluation of e-participation projects. In: Parycek, P.; Edelmann, N., CeDEM13. Proceedings of the International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government: S. 465-469, Edition Donau-Universität Krems, Krems.
  • Parycek, P.; Schossböck, J. (2012) Open Government Data and Open Innovation. In: Eixelsberger, Wolfgang; Stember, Jürgen, E-Government - Zwischen Partizipation und Kooperation: S. 213-228, Springer, Wien/New York.
  • Sachs, M.; Höchtl, J.; Edelmann, N. (2012) Collaboration for Open Innovation Processes in Public Administration. In: Charalabidis, Y.;Koussouris, S., Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance: Technologies and Methods for Online Citizen Engagement in Public Policy Making: S. 21-39, Springer, Heidelberg.
  • Parycek, P.; Höchtl, J. (2012) E-Government out of the Box. In: Eixelsberger, Kommunales E-Government: S. 57-76, Linde, Wien.