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Deadline: 30/07/2010

Special Issue on E-government interoperability, enterprise architecture and strategies

Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research

Guest editors; Marijn Janssen, Yannis Charalabidis, George Kuk and Tony Cresswell

In the digital era public organizations are changing their strategies and structures and processes to fully benefit from the promises of ICT. Departments and institutions collaborate and interoperate across organizational boundaries. Whilst e-government was initially driven by adopting e-commerce ideas. in the last decade, it has emerged as a new genre of research. Similar to e-commerce, e-government requires multi-agency collaboration and integration of their disparate business processes and information systems. The unique characteristics of e-government including accountability, transparency and equal access have played a major role and produced a different kind of e-commerce in meeting the broader expectations of society.

A key prerequisite for collaboration is interoperability, which can be defined as the ability of systems to work together seamlessly and are able to adapt in time, achieving one-stop, automated service provision for citizens and businesses. Therefore, the design and operation of interoperable systems require a range of consideration including governance, organizational, strategic, social and technical issues. Interoperability not only presents organizations with technical challenge but also requires a shift in strategies and change in organizational structures and business models. Traditional bureaucratic organizations governed by command and control mechanisms are replaced by different kind of organizational structures, aiming to build horizontal relationships and network governance.

All these efforts need to be facilitated by a next generation infrastructure (NGI) enabling interoperability and reuse by sharing services. The basic digital government infrastructure has evolved over time.The development towards the next generation of digital government infrastructure (NGI) based on new technologies is under development. Yet, the siloed and fragmented nature, the lack in insight among the dependencies among organizational and technical aspects can hamper progress. Government enterprise architectures (GEA) or information’s architectures are used as an instrument to facilitate these developments by outlining the vision, providing models for technology inclusion and integration supported by standards and principles. Whereas infrastructure refers to the actual implementation, GEA has a conceptual nature. Often there is no overarching framework helping to provide guidance for ensuring interoperability, facilitating reuse and meeting other objectives of open, inclusive and productive governance. Interoperability, architecture and strategies are important to all types of government activities, including policy making, services delivery, law enforc ement, and crisis response within the pubic sector.

This special issue is aimed at contributing to the understanding formulation and elaboration of the issues involved in e-government interoperability, enterprise architectures, and solutions and strategies for governments, based on a combination of sound theoretical basis and empirical research.

Papers preferably combine theory and empirical research. The special issue seeks scholarly manuscripts that explore the following topics in relation to e-government interoperability, architecture and strategies:

  • Example and (best) practices of changing strategies and business models underpinned by theories
  • Architecture for facilitating strategies and technologies
  • Public-private architectures frameworks, collaboration in networks
    Government 2.0
  • Government-to-citizens, government-to-business, government-to-government
  • Innovations, process redesign and technologies
  • Enterprise architecture standards, prin ciples and frameworks
  • Free and open source software development and utilization
  • Service-oriented architectures, web services, semantic web services, service orchestration and composition
  • System, data- and process-based integration and transformation
  • Identity management, privacy, security, public values
  • Information reuse, information quality, ontologies and semantics
  • Process, data and semantic modeling
  • Next generation infrastructure, grid computing, cloud computing, ICT-(shared) services, and scalability issues
  • Public values, evaluation of innovations
  • Software as service, utility computing, platform as service, service providers
  • Infrastructure, interoperability and enterprise architecture planning, and alignment
  • Evolution, impact analyses and cost/benefit analysis
  • Policies, strategies and governance

About JTAER
The Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research (JTAER) has been created to allow researchers, acade micians and other professionals an agile and flexible channel of communication in which to share and debate new ideas and emerging technologies concerned with this rapidly evolving field. The Journal of Theoretical and Applied Electronic Commerce Research is published quarterly. The intended audience includes academicians, researchers and professionals in computer science, information management, telecommunications, business administration, sociology, law, financial services, as well as specialists in the field of electronic commerce. More info: http://www.jtaer.com/

IMPORTANT DATES
-Full Script Submission: 30 July 2010
-Author Notification: 30 September 2010
-Revisions due by: 15 November 2010
-Final acceptance notification 15 December 2010
-Camera ready version: 15 January 2011
-Publication: 15 April 2011

SUBMISSION
We are soliciting for original works capturing aspect of business and information technology, both theoretical and appli ed. Manuscript capturing the e-government specific aspects and the edge of new technology and organizations are preferred. Author guidelines can be found at: http://www.jtaer.com/author_guidelines.doc. All submission will be refereed by at least three reviewers. Submissions should be directed by email to m.f.w.h.a.janssen@tudelft.nl.

GUEST EDITORS
Dr. Marijn Janssen
Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management
Email: M.F.W.H.A.Janssen@tudelft.nl

Dr. Yannis Charalabidis
Information Systems Laboratory
University of the Aegean
Email: yannisx@aegean.gr

Dr. George Kuk
Nottingham University Business School
E-mail: g.kuk@nottingham.ac.uk

Dr. Tony Cresswell
Center for Technology in Government (CTG)
University at Albany
E-Mail: tcresswell@ctg.albany.edu