Digital Cities 8

Theme: From Services to Partnerships

International workshop co-located with the 6th Intl. Conf. on Communities and Technologies (C&T 6) in Munich, Germany, June 30, 2013.

Deadline for submission EXTENDED: May 1, 2013 (any timezone). Submission link:

[The submission deadline was changed from April 15 because of confusion with the suggested C&T workshop deadline which is stated as May 1. Early registration has also been extended, to May 12, so that accepted DC8 participants will get a chance to register early.]

How to take part in DC8: Submit a position paper (see below). If accepted, sign up for C&T 6  and select DC8 as your workshop of choice.


Digital Cities 8 (DC8) is the 8th installment of the academic workshop series that has followed the intertwined development of cities and digital technologies. Earlier years have seen papers presented at DC to appear as the basis of key anthologies within the field of urban computing and smart cities.


The Digital Cities workshop invites contributions within the general domain of digital city development, especially ones focusing on this year's theme: "From Services to Partnerships".

The motivation for this focus comes from the challenges we see when current organizations -- be it communities, municipalities, companies -- meet the "networked" reality of the increasingly digital city. The dual challenge in making systems work towards whatever ends they are supposed to, while at the same time de facto facilitating a network of relationships, is complex.

This can be envisioned as a shift from a service-oriented paradigm to a partnership-oriented paradigm. Not that this is in itself a new idea, but the technological realities of the networked systems change the qualitative nature of many of the systems we would normally see.

This paradigm-shift could be linked to many trends, e.g. crowd-sourcing, participatory design, open government, bring-your-own-device, knowledge commons. But at the core is an interest in understanding how systems can facilitate a somewhat symmetric dialog between stakeholders rather than just providing a service to a user from a service provider.

Both theoretical and empirical contributions are welcomed.

We prioritize papers that address this overall theme, but works connecting to adjacent themes may also come into consideration. Contact the DC8 chair if you want to discuss before submitting.

Relevant topics include but are not limited to:

- devices and techniques

- systems and infrastructures

- applications and case studies

- methodologies and tools

- theories and models.

Paper format

All submissions must be be written in English and formatted according to the ACM SIGCHI Conference Publications Format PAPER template. Papers must be no longer than 4 pages, including the abstract of no more than 150 words, all figures, and references. Papers have to be anonymized to facilitate double-blind review. Authors should take care throughout their paper that their and their institution's identity is not revealed. However, relevant references to an author's previous research (which may be required for reviewers to understand and evaluate the paper's contribution) should not be suppressed but instead referenced in a neutral way.

Paper submission

Papers must be submitted as PDF files using the EasyChair Conference System. An EasyChair account is needed to submit a paper.

The deadline is April 15, 2013 (any timezone).


The works presented at the Digital Cities workshop series have been formative to a diverse set of emerging fields, e.g. urban informatics, smart cities, pervasive computing, internet of things, media architecture.

Apart from the workshops' inviting nature towards interdisciplinary discussions, the fact that the resulting publications have helped articulate and position issues within this heterogeneous domain is an important reason for the longevity of the Digital Cities biannual gathering.

After the workshop, selected contributors will be invited to submit a full paper for an edited volume. Contributions will undergo double-blind peer review before being considered for inclusion in a book proposal that will be offered to international publishers. An accepted paper not presented in the workshop will be automatically removed from this consideration.

Past Digital Cities workshops have produced high quality publications containing selected workshop papers and other invited contributions as follows:

Digital Cities 6 -- Foth, M., Forlano, L., Gibbs, M. & Satchell, C. (Eds.) (2011) From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen – Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing and Mobile Technology to Support Citizen Engagement, MIT Press.

Digital Cities 5 -- Foth, M. (Ed.) (2009). Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics: The Practice and Promise of the Real-Time City. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, IGI Global.

Digital Cities 4 -- Aurigi, A., & De Cindio, F. (Eds.) (2008). Augmented Urban Spaces: Articulating the Physical and Electronic City. Aldershot, UK, Ashgate.

Digital Cities 3 -- van den Besselaar, P., & Koizumi, S. (Eds.) (2005). Digital Cities 3: Information Technologies for Social Capital (Lecture Notes in Computer Science No. 3081). Heidelberg, Germany, Springer.

Digital Cities 2 -- Tanabe, M., van den Besselaar, P., & Ishida, T. (Eds.) (2002). Digital Cities 2: Computational and Sociological Approaches (Lecture Notes in Computer Science No. 2362). Heidelberg, Germany, Springer.

Digital Cities 1 -- Ishida, T., & Isbister, K. (Eds.). (2000) Digital Cities: Technologies, Experiences, and Future Perspectives (Lecture Notes in Computer Science No. 1765). Heidelberg, Germany, Springer.


For questions and further information, please contact DC8 chair Martin Brynskov , Participatory IT Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark.