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Maturity and Sustainability of Open Governmental Data - dg.o 2019

Maturity and Sustainability of Open Governmental Data - dg.o 2019


dg.o 2019: 20th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research

Theme: Governance in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, Dubai, UAE
18-20 June, 2019

Twitter handle: #dgo2019


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 a five-stage model (Moon, 2002) or based on the two key indicators Open Data Readiness and Portal Maturity (Carrara, Nieuwenhuis & Vollers, 2016). 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), which are mainly: governance frameworks, funding, open source software and portability, reports for a reliable data supply and metrics for measuring progress. Besides these specialized models and recommendations, the 5-star deployment scheme for open data from Berners-Lee (undefinedhttp://5stardata.info) can be seen as a general scheme for the improvement of the provision of open data. Another perspective is the usage of Open Governmental Data for sustainable development. Open Governmental Data can be used to measure the progress of achieving the SDGs on different administrative levels. Maturity and sustainability promote each other. AI requires reliable data to function (European Data Portal, 2018). If maturity and sustainability are given, applications can be built on this solid basis, for example in the smart city area, and existing open governmental data can be analyzed. The importance of these factors grows as more open data sets are published, new portals are set up and existing solutions are maturing. 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 and evaluation 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)
  • Using Open Governmental Data to support the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Standardization of processes
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence based on reliable open data

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


  • January 15, 2019: Conference Papers due
  • January 20, 2019: Workshops, tutorials, and panel proposals due
  • March 1, 2019: Doctoral Colloquium due
  • March 1, 2019: Conference Papers notifications of acceptance
  • March 15, 2019: Posters/Demo proposals due
  • April 1, 2019: Doctoral Colloquium notifications of acceptance
  • April 5, 2019: Poster/Demo notifications of acceptance
  • April 10, 2019: Camera-ready manuscripts due
  • May 10, 2019: 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: undefinedhttps://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dgo2019

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 20th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research will feature the main theme of “Governance in the Age of Artificial Intelligence“. The growing applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) are triggering numerous opportunities—as well as challenges and dilemmas—for governments worldwide. Traditional forms of service provisioning, policy-making and enforcement are changing due to the inclusion AI algorithms, mechanisms and techniques. The growing digitization of government operations, the universal datafication of societal activities, behaviors and sentiments, as well as the maturity and feasibility of big data techniques and applications have collectively laid down solid foundations for industrial-scale operationalization of AI across most governments and societal sectors. This year’s timely theme, builds on the dg.o 2018 conference which focused on governance in the data age. The rapid growth of the data-driven economy and the use of intelligent mechanisms result in rapid digitalization of government operations and the emergence of new governance structures. This datafication and AI revolution is boosted by growing smart cities applications, Internet of Things (IoT), social media, mobile apps, among other sources of big data.

Governments still face limited understanding of the multifaceted changes brought about by the advent of AI in governance. An increasing number of governments, international organizations, leading research centers, think tanks and global private sector corporations are coming together to explore these changes. However, there is a dearth of thought-leadership in the areas of policy, development and societal implications of AI. This knowledge gap is a key developmental barrier as many governments wrangle with the societal, economic, political and ethical implications of these transformations.

During the past two decades, the dg.o conference has been at the helm of the digital governance transformations. In its 20th anniversary, the dg.o 2019 conference will build in past themes to explore the fast maturing artificial intelligence drive embraced by an increasing number of governments and businesses worldwide.