Best Paper Awards

The goal of the ICEGOV Best Paper Awards is to acknowledge excellent research performed by the authors in the field of Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance, whose papers have been accepted for the conference.

The award consists of a printed certificate and a symbolic gift, usually a cultural object from the host country of the conference. The certificate and the gift are delivered to the author(s) of the winning paper by the Awards Committee Chair during the closing ceremony of the conference.

A total of four papers categories were awarded at ICEGOV 2020: Best Research Paper, Best Ongoing Research Paper, Best Short Paper, and Best Poster Paper.


  • Mapping crime descriptions to law articles using deep learning by Marco Vink, Niels Netten, Mortaza S. Bargh, Susan van den Braak, Sunil Choenni [RESEARCH]
  • Cross-administration comparative analysis of open fiscal data by Fathoni A. Musyaffa, Jens Lehmann, Hajira Jabeen
  • The use of AI in public services: results from a preliminary mapping across the EU by Gianluca Misuraca, Colin van Noordt, Anys Boukli
  • A first approach towards integrating computational argumentation in cognitive cities by Carlos Iván Chesñevar, María Paula González, Ana Maguitman, Elsa Estevez [ONGOING RESEARCH]
  • Using chatbots and life events to provide public service information by Anestis Stamatis, Alexandros Gerontas, Anastasios Dasyras, Efthimios Tambouris
  • Technology readiness revisited: a proposal for extending the scope of impact assessment of European public services by Ilenia Bruno, Georges Lobo, Beatrice Valente Covino, Alessandro Donarelli, Valeria Marchetti, Anna Schiavone Panni, Francesco Molinari
  • Agility in public sector IT projects by Maria Dietel, Moreen Heine [SHORT]
  • How data vocabulary standards enhance the exchange of information exposed through APIs: the case of public service descriptions by Emidio Stani, Florian Barthélemy, Kareljan Raes, Maxime Pittomvils, Miguel Alvarez Rodriguez
  • The EIF monitoring mechanism by Federico Chiarelli, Barbora Kudzmanaite, Giorgio Cacciaguerra Ranghieri, Miguel Alvarez Rodriguez
  • Modeling city land use with an ontology by Natalia Chichkova, Alena Begler, Vitaly Vlasov [POSTER]
  • Online trust and ICTs usage: findings from St. Petersburg, Russia by Lyudmila Vidiasova, Yury Kabanov
  • Participatory urban planning through online webGIS platform: operations and tools by Eleni Mougiakou, Anastasia Christaki, Giouli Athousaki, Theodoros Vakkas, George Velegrakis, Pantelis Mitropoulos, Thanos Andritsos, Dimitris Poulios, Kostas Vourekas, Sofia Tsadari, Anastasios Manos, Spyros Tzortzis


For a paper to be considered for the Best Paper Award, all of the following eligibility criteria must be met:

  • The paper must have a clear link to theory and practice of electronic governance.
  • The paper must be original work, not published or considered for publication elsewhere.
  • The paper must have at least two reviews.
  • The paper must have an overall review score higher than 3.0.
  • At least one of the authors must have presented the paper during the conference.


— The Chair of the Awards Committee is appointed by the Head of UNU-EGOV (as coordinator of the conference).

— The Awards Committee Chair appoints, at his/her discretion, three additional members for the committee. A check is made between the Chair and the ICEGOV Secretariat to verify if there is any Conflict of Interest (COI) between the members of the committee and the authors of the conference (such as relatives, students, colleagues or co-authors).

— Any paper authored or co-authored by a member of the committee, including the Chair, will be automatically excluded from the process.

— The decisions must be made by the committee members consensually or by vote. In case of a tie, the Chair has the final vote.

— The committee must nominate three papers in each of the four categories, that is, a total of twelve papers must be nominated.

— The Chair should start the awards process as soon as the list of accepted papers is ready (usually this takes places two months before the conference).

— The ICEGOV Secretariat compiles, for all categories, the list of papers that meet the eligibility criteria and sends it to the committee. This list includes the paper ID, title, abstract, category, overall review score, and the number of indications for “best paper” by the reviewers. A full version of the paper is also provided, as submitted for review. Author names are not listed anywhere.