Digital Transformations & Global Society 2016 (DTGS 2016)
The Conference “Digital Transformations & Global Society” will be held in June 23-24, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Conference is organized by ITMO University (E-Governance Center and eScience Institute), the European University at St.Petersburg, Univeristy of Amsterdam, and the E-Development Partnership in the North-West of Russia.
The mission of the Conference is to provide scholars and specialists with a representative platform to discuss contemporary information society development. The Conference addresses various issues of social, political, economic and cultural transformations in the age of digital technologies.
The conference is partially supported by Russian Humanitarian Scientific Fund.
The key fields of inquiry fall into five core sections:
1) eSociety. ICTs have largely contributed to the transformations of social structures and relations. The new media and social networking sites are changing the way people behave and interact. ICTs present new opportunities for civic engagement and participation, simultaneously challenging existing social and political institutions, and drawing lines of inequality. That poses questions regarding the mutual adaptation of technologies and society, as well as the way social and technical sciences can jointly resolve these issues. The topics of the section include but not limit to:
- Digital Transformations and Digital Divide
- Cultural Studies of Cyberspace
- Digital Humanities
- E-Government, E-Governance and Open Government
- E-Participation and E-Democracy
- New Media Studies
- Social Media’ Impact on Social and Political Relations
- Computational Social Psychology (Discrete Choise).
2) eCity. This section addresses the prospects, challenges and best practices of Smart City technologies to transform city infrastructure and municipal policies. The discussion will be focused on how ICTs and contemporary Urban Studies combined are able to raise standards of living and welfare, as well as facilitate social, cultural and economic transactions. Another important issue is the role of Big Data and ICTs in promoting coherent municipal decision-making to tackle city problems. Provisional topics of the section are:
- City Data Processing and Usage
- Computer Modeling in Municipal Decision-Making
- Information Security in Smart City Technologies
- Web-Technologies and Software for Smart City
- Geospatial Technologies
- ICTs and Urban Studies
3) eHealth. The section covers a wide range of aspects the new electronic processes and ICTs may support the modern healthcare. The global transformation of healthcare systems due to new technologies is based on the development of diagnostics and treatment, delivery of better medical services, provision of accurate healthcare statistical data for smarter management etc. The discussion will focus on such topics as:
- ICT for Medial Purposes of Diagnostics, Treatment and Rehabilitation
- ICT and Global Healthcare: Big Data Accumulation and Processing
- ICT for Better Healthcare Management
- Modeling and Visualization Tools for Medical Purposes
4) eScience. Contemporary social and humanitarian research has become more complex and sophisticated in its usage of information technology achievements. The synthesis of Informatics and Social Sciences (Humanities) opens new horizons for inquiry based on Big Data analysis and high-tech calculations, providing more accurate arguments and predictions. The section is devoted to the discussion of mutually beneficial collaborations between technical and social fields to boost scientific progress, as well as to presentations of results of such collaborations.
Preliminary issues here are:
- Intelligent Calculation Systems;
- Big and Complex Data;
- Network Analysis for Scientific Research;
- Virtual Reality, Modeling and Visualization for Scientific Purposes.
5) eKnowledge. ICT provide unprecedented opportunities for science and education to be globally accessible, hence making universities, libraries and academia adapt to new communication environment. The prospects, practices and perils of new technologies’ usage in the sphere of knowledge-sharing will be discussed in this section, encompassing the following topics:
- E-Learning and University Transformation
- E-Libraries and Transformations of Science
- Open Science, Open Research and Open Access