General Assembly of the DEL network, Créteil, December 12, 2013 : report by Romain Badouard and Stéphanie Wojcik

Participants : Fabienne Greffet, Simon Gadras, Gersende Blanchard, Gérard Loiseau, Clément Mabi, Romain Badouard, Stéphanie Wojcik, Sarah Labelle.

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Results of the membership campaign (Clément Mabi)
Thanks to the membership campaign done via the info-del mailing list, 73 positive answers have been received to date: members mainly sent links to their institutional web page.
Status and nationalities well distributed: Professor (17), Lecturer (23), Ph.D / post-doc (23) Other (10) ; 15 different nationalities represented.
Previously, information science, political science and sociology used to be the most common disciplines among DEL members. We should see how it turns out today.

A debate has again taken place to know whether we should keep or not our three currently active mailing lists, insofar as the vast majority of the information is common to all three:
– Info-del : reserved for members of the network;
– News-del1 (French) for Francophone “friends” of DEL: anyone interested in DEL activities but does not, however, wish to join;
– News-del2 (English) for Anglophones “friends” of DEL: anyone interested in DEL activities but does not, however, wish to join;
Being a member of DEL is not reducible to the subscription to info-del: scientific events – that is to say, the Rencontres every year in December – are specifically allotted to the network members.
In any case, members should use the mailing list more often to publicize their own activities (publications, scientific events…)

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Publications, following the DEL colloquium in June 2013
International Journal of Electronic Governance – IJEG (Fabienne Greffet) : five papers from the young researchers’ day. Five papers have passed the first level of scrutiny (the reviewers were members of DEL). The second level remains to be done: check that the authors have taken into account the advices of the reviewers. As co-editors of this special issue, Fabienne Greffet and Simon Gadras are taking care of that and are also currently writing the general introduction. The issue will include an invited paper by Norbert Kersting. The issue should be out for Spring 2014. The title of the issue has to be chosen: should it mention a critical dimension while this is not developed a lot in the papers themselves, or should it take into account the social networks because they are very present in the papers ?

Participations (Stéphanie Wojcik) : amongst the French-speaking young researchers, seven proposed a paper, five should be selected (one paper was rejected, another one has been moved to another issue). The second version will be returned on December 15. Everything will be sent to the journal by February 1. The issue is expected for Spring 2014.
=> Idea to make a common event to launch the two special issues, e.g. a seminar, a roundtable (to be defined).

Collective book – CNRS publisher (Gerard Loiseau) : publication of the papers written by the senior researchers, by CNRS publisher (Alpha collection). The book will include the augmented version of the papers discussed during the colloquium, in their original language, either English or French. Thanks to a partnership between the CNRS and some Anglo-Saxon publishers, it is possible to publish later the French papers in English. Print on demand. As co-editors, Gérard Loiseau and Stéphanie Wojcik will ask other researchers to complete the papers already selected. The book should be published in late 2014.

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Presentation of the new website of DEL (Romain Badouard) : http://www.reseaudel.fr/
On the home page, below a short presentation of DEL, the five most recent news are displayed. The question is whether we publish only books and issues coordinated by members or even articles. Most of the members present are favorable to a broad sense of the news, which includes the articles. It was decided to do a test period during which the events are published by Romain, according to what happens on the info-del mailing list.
The archives from certop.fr /DEL are gradually included into the new site.

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Summer School
Patricia Dias Da Silva and Dimitris Gouscos are dealing with this issue. Patricia has made a benchmarking on various summer schools and Dimitris has drafted a proposal (see previous documents).
4 points to discuss:
– who is the main organizer, who are the secondary organizers?
– how is the school funded ? Should participants pay a fee? How much?
– which structure? The idea to do it during a week seems to be pretty good, Dimitris suggested to organize this summer school in Greece.
– what purposes? For doctoral students or for DEL researchers ?
Logistic backup is crucial and it seems that it would be too complicated for DEL alone to deal with it.
Many organizational matters should be managed by Dimitris (as the summer school would take place in Greece) especially because it is unlikely that the UPEC finances such an organization for an event that would not take place nearby.
This project is postponed; waiting for funding opportunity or collaboration.

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