Research intern (Forschungspraktikum)

The research intern aims at investigating the emerging research area of Government 3.0 and developing a roadmap, identifying current and future fields of interest and research in the domain of collaborative government.

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    Organisational issues

    • Kick-off meeting: the date will be coordinated as soon as 5 participants are registered in Klips. The meeting will be in room A 131.
    • Regular (approx. bi-weekly) meetings will take place in room A131 (eGovLivingLab).
    • Room A131 will also be available for internal meetings of the team
    • Target audience: Master E-Government, Master Information Systems, Master Information Management, Master Web Science, Master Computer Science, Master Computervisualistics
    • Description of the module, including workload: see WebSis: 04FB2003
    • Language: English or German (depending on Students)
    • Examination: Regular and active participation in project meetings, including presentations and performance of specific project tasks, final presentation, documentation of results in the project handbook
    • Registration in Klips is open.

    Background and scope

    Since nearly two decades, Electronic Government has been researched and implemented with differing foci, such as public service provisioning, automation in the public sector, interoperability and common standards, modernisation and innovation through organisational change and collaborative governance, privacy, security and legal issues. Along with the continuing evolution of ICT, government services improve and adapt, incorporating the latest available technologies. Government 1.0 was more focused on the efficiency part, while Government 2.0 on the collaboration and citizens’ engagement following the web 2.0 paradigm and emergence of social media [1]. Recent technology advances such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, big, open and linked data,data mining and sentiment analysis, blockchain, augmented and virtual reality are only a few examples of the new topics of research in e-government.

    The research intern is based upon research conducted within an ongoing ERASMUS+ knowledge alliance research project called “Scientific Foundations Training and Entrepreneurship Activities in the Domain of ICT-enabled Governance” (Gov 3.0). Government 3.0 has its first references by Song [2]; Nam [3] and Meyerhoff [4].

    The project has defined Government 3.0 as: "the use of big data by the government with the aim to create more customised and responsive public services by using distributed technologies for data storage and service delivery as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies for data-driven decision making."

    In the research intern, existing use of so-called disruptive technologies will be investigated and compiled into a state-of-the-art report. Subsequently, scenario technique and technology roadmapping methods will be applied to develop a vision and a roadmap for Gov 3.0.

    The main tasks of the research intern will be as follows:

    • study the body of literature on e-government and the use of new (disruptive) technologies such as AI, machine learning, big data analytics, Internet of things, augmented and virtual reality etc. in literature and in practical cases
    • envision the future of Government 3.0 field using scenario techniques
    • develop a draft Government 3.0 roadmap using technology roadmapping method
    • derive needs for training and study programs to effectively implement the Government 3.0 vision and roadmap through dedicated e-government courses
    • document the results in a project handbook 
    • continuous project management
    • continuous presentations of findings and of progress

    Required Qualification

    • Have knowledge about e-government theory & main directions of e-government research 
    • Have knowledge in IT governance, public governance and governance in general
    • Be interested in the latest ICT developments and their application in the public sector
    • Ability to write literature reviews, summarise knowledge
    • Soft skills required:
    • Competences related to project management
    • Good analytical skills
    • Good English skills: oral and written
    • Good communication and presentation skills

    Your benefits

    • Acquire knowledge and experience in cutting edge international e-government research
    • Acquire knowledge in academic writing and in investigating a complex research topic in a structured and systematic way
    • Acquire experience of coordinating work in a research team, cooperating with colleagues around a common goal
    • Acquire knowledge of scenario development and technology roadmapping techniques
    • Experiences related to project management and project roles including leadership
    • Experiences related to project documentation
    • Experiences of planning and designing a workshop
    • Depending on your capabilities: interacting with experts across Europe and participating in project and in virtual meetings


    [1] Parycek, P., & Sachs, M. (2010). Open Government – Information Flow in Web 2.0. European Journal of ePractice, 9(March), 1–12.

    [2] Song, I. (2014). Emerging Internet technology & service toward Korean government 3.0. KSII Transact Internet Inform Syst, 8(2), 540-546.

    [3] Nam, T. (2015). Challenges and Concerns of Open Government: A Case of Government 3.0 in Korea. Social Science Computer Review, 33(5), 556-570.

    [4] Meyerhoff Nielsen M. (2017) Governance Failure in Light of Government 3.0: Foundations for Building Next Generation eGovernment Maturity Models. In: Ojo A., Millard J. (eds) Government 3.0 – Next Generation Government Technology Infrastructure and Services. Public Administration and Information Technology, vol 32. Springer, Cham