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Maturity and Sustainability of Open Governmental Data

Maturity and Sustainability of Open Governmental Data


dg.o 2018: 19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research

Theme: Governance in the data age
Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
30 May - 1 June, 2018 (Wednesday – Friday)

Twitter handle: #dgo2018


Maturity and Sustainability of Open Governmental Data

Track Chairs:  

Dr. Tobias Siebenlist and Dr. Agnes Mainka
Department of Information Science
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany

Providing open data sets through open data portals is not enough. To achieve a lasting solution for the administration as well as for citizens maturity and sustainability of Open Governmental Data (OGD) are viable factors. Maturity can be measured for example based on Moon’s (2002) five-stage model or based on two key indicators Carrara, Nieuwenhuis & Vollers (2016) have presented. Using these models, the state of maturity can be measured and open data providers categorized regarding their open data activities. Sustainability on the other hand can be investigated following the recommendations by Sasse et al. (2017). An analysis of the interviews they carried out gives an overview about criteria for sustainable open data usage. Besides these specialized models and recommendations, the 5-star deployment scheme for open data from Berners-Lee (http://5stardata.info) can be seen as a general scheme for the improvement of the provision of open data.
Both aspects (maturity and sustainability) belong together and promote each other.
The importance of these factors grows as more and more open data sets are published and new portals are set up. The diversity of both factors facilitates a broad range of aspects that can be covered within this session.

Major topics include:

  • Defining maturity and sustainability for Open Governmental Data 
  • Open Data readiness 
  • Evolution of portal software 
  • Maintenance of data sets (e.g. Updates) 
  • Key Performance Indicators for both aspects 
  • What can we learn from leaders in the field? (Best Practices) 
  • Standardization of processes 

Open Data Readiness, Maturity, Sustainability, Maintenance, Performance, Evaluation, Standardization


  • extended deadline February 1, 2018: Papers are due January 15, 2018: Papers are due 
  • extended deadline February 1, 2018: Workshops, tutorials, and panel proposals due January 20, 2018: Workshops, tutorials, and panel proposals due 
  • March 1, 2018: Application deadline for 2018 doctoral colloquium 
  • March 1, 2018: Notifications of acceptance 
  • March 15, 2018: Posters and demo proposals due 
  • April 1, 2018: Poster/demo author notifications 
  • April 5, 2018: Camera-ready manuscripts due 
  • May 5, 2018: Early registration closes! 


  • Research papers (maximum of 10 pages)
  • Management, Case Study, or Policy papers (maximum of 6 pages) 
  • Panel descriptions (maximum of 4 pages) 
  • Posters (maximum of 2 pages)
  • System demonstrations (maximum of 2 pages) 
  • Pre-Conference tutorial proposals (maximum of 2 pages) 
  • Pre-Conference workshop proposals (maximum of 2 pages) 
  • Doctoral colloquium application (maximum of 10 pages) 

Submission Site: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dgo2018

Submissions must not exceed the maximum number of pages specified for each type of submission in camera-ready ACM Proceedings format (double column, single spaced pages). Please do not use page numbers. Paper titles should be on the first page of text, rather than on a separate cover page.

Research, Management, Case Study, and Policy papers will be reviewed through a double-blind review process. Therefore, author names and contact information must be omitted from all submissions. Authors must identify the topic(s) being addressed in the paper to assist the program committee in the review process.

All other submissions should follow the same ACM proceedings camera-ready format, but include author names.

All accepted submissions require at least one author to be registered for the conference before the camera-ready copy is due for it to be included in the conference proceedings.

At least one author is expected to attend the conference to present the work.


The Digital Government Society (DGS) announces the 19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research - dg.o 2018, with a theme "Governance in the data age". dg.o 2018 will be hosted by Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands from 30 May till 1 June, 2018. The dg.o conferences are an established forum for presentation, discussion, and demonstration of interdisciplinary research on digital government, 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 theory (rigor) and practice (relevance), their focus on important and timely topics and the quality of their writing. The conference program combines:
The 19th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research will feature the main theme of "Governance in the data age". Today we live in a data driven economy in which many new applications are driven by the availability of an immense amount of a variety of data. This data revolution is transforming government as we know it. Data has become widely available and many innovations are based on the utilization of data having a tremendous impact. The Internet of Things (IoT) enables the availability of large volumes of data, whereas people create data using social media. Data analytics enables the processing of data. Governments, business and academia work together to make sense of the data influencing the organization and governance. Data can be used to increase our security, whereas at the same time the amount of data threatens our privacy.  Big and Open Linked Data (BOLD) is multifaceted and transformative in nature and is changing policy-making, government operations and the relationship with the public. The government and society as we know it today is drastically changing. Authors are encouraged to address this theme within the conference tracks, but are not limited to this.