Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Government Information and Official Publications Section

  • 23 January 2018, 19:53
Theme: "Global eGovernment: Trust, Transparency, and Transformation"

[Deadline extended to: 12 March 2018]

The Government Information and Official Publications Section (GIOPS) invites interested individuals to submit proposals for the open session at the IFLA WLIC in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 24-30 August 2018. GIOPS solicits submissions around the theme of Global eGovernment: Trust, Transparency, and Transformation. Global eGovernment can be defined as a government’s use of information and communication technologies (ICT’s) to interact with citizens, businesses, organizations, and other government entities on a local, national, or international scale. These initiatives are often celebrated for reducing corruption, enhancing transparency, decreasing costs, and improving public services. However, many studies show that poor usability and unequal distribution of eGovernment services may have negative economic, political, and social effects. How does eGovernment work in different parts of the world? How has it evolved, and what does the future of eGovernment hold? GIOPS is particularly interested in papers that consider the impact of eGovernment on trust, transparency, and transformation in the local, national, or global environment.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Emerging technologies and the future of eGovernment
  • Creative applications of eGovernment policies and programs
  • The development, assessment, and evolution of eGovernment policies and practices
  • Civil society and eGovernment: reusing, recycling, and repurposing data for the public good
  • The impact of eGovernment on corruption, transparency, and open government
  • Intersections of eGovernment and Open Data policies
  • The impact of eGovernment on UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • eGovernment in the era of big data, privacy, and cybersecurity
  • The role of eGovernment in disaster planning, emergency response, or mitigation


All proposals must be received by 28 February 2018 the extended deadline of 12 March 2018.

Proposals must be submitted through this form:

Important deadlines

  • 12 March 2018: Deadline for submitting proposals for workshop sessions
  • 30 March 2018: Successful Speakers will be notified, and IFLA forms completed by RISS and the Speakers
  • 30 May 2018: Deadline for submission of completed papers to RISS. The paper should be no more than 3000 words in length. The paper should be in one of the IFLA official languages, but the conference language will be English.
  • 1 July 2018: Deadline for submitting any Power Point slides that will be used in the presentation.

Both abstracts and full papers should be submitted as an MS Word file by email. Proposed papers must be original and not have been published elsewhere.


Please contact:

Kate Tallman, Information Coordinator, Government Information and Official Publications Section.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program in Malaysia. Abstracts should only be submitted with the understanding that the expenses of attending the conference will be the responsibility of the author(s)/presenter(s) of accepted papers.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2018 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation letter can be issued to authors.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.