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Fall 2020 started dynamically with a set of lectures, chaired conference sessions and presentations. It began with LEX2020 Summer School and ICEGOV 2020. Here’s what I did, so far!
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic took whole societies by surprise. Naturally, parliaments worldwide did not remain untouched. Following months of research, my team and I came out with a set of related presentations and articles. Read and comment freely!
What a summer so far! Full of (virtual) meetings and events: ReMeP, Samos Summit, HCII, Digital Humanities, EDS Summer University and a virtual conference in beloved Argentina. Read the bullets below, check the presentations and watch the videos!
In the first week of June 2020, I had a couple of interesting media appearances to introduce the topic of digital regulation to the public.
This is the beginning of a series of brief articles originally posted on LinkedIn that have been developed to highlight significant concepts and argumentation in relation to parliamentary development and governance matters. The articles have been jointly developed by Dr. Fotios Fitsilis and Bruce Philip Todd and are pieces of a larger mosaic soon to be put together in the form of a book covering the sector. The first article deals with knowledge management in the parliamentary context.
Herewith I announce my appointment to the teaching staff of the National School of Public Administration and Local Government! This assignment is linked with the design and operation of an innovative legislative drafting laboratory.
Μετά από σχετική έρευνα στο αρχείο μου και σε ανοικτές πηγές, ιστοσελίδες και ΦΕΚ, παρουσιάζω έναν πρώτο κατάλογο της δημόσιας δραστηριότητάς μου για την περίοδο 2004-2011, κατά την οποία υπηρέτησα σε δημόσιες θέσεις στο υπουργείο Ανάπτυξης (2004-2007) και τη Βουλή των Ελλήνων (2007-2009).
Good news for the fans of popular science! A new limited edition printed version of my 2013 electronic book titled “Popular Economics: A Reference Guide in Times of Crisis-the Greek Case Study” is out! Contact me and secure your personal copy.
I am delighted to announce that my paper has been accepted for presentation at the Inaugural Middle East Conference in Doha, originally planned for 20-21 April 2020. Unfortunately, also this conference has been postponed for reasons related to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. Below the outline of my presentation.
The new IFLAPARL Newsletter (February 2020 edition, pp. 6-7) contains the full report on our workshop during the 35th Pre-Conference of Parliamentary Research and Library Service, which was titled “Science and Innovation in Parliamentary Libraries and Research Services”.
On Saturday 25 January 2020 I appeared at the Hellenic Parliament Television show “Member’s Card” to discuss about innovation in politics and parliamentarism.
The Italian chapter of the ICON-S organized its second conference, which took place at the premises of UniFI, Università degli Studi di Firenze, in Florence, from 22nd to 23 November 2019. This international public law conference was titled Le Nuove Tecnologie e il Futuro del Diritto Pubblico (New Technologies and the Future of Public Law).
Στο πλαίσιο των εξωσχολικών δραστηριοτήτων που προσφέρει ο Σύλλογος Γονέων και Κηδεμόνων του 5ου και 11ου Δημοτικού Σχολείου Αγίας Παρασκευής για το σχολικό έτος 2019-2020 λαμβάνει χώρα και η νέα δραστηριότητα «Αρχές Τεχνολογίας και Προγραμματισμού». Η διάρκειά της είναι 1 ώρα την εβδομάδα και απευθύνεται σε μαθητές όλων των τάξεων του δημοτικού.
Something big happened back in November 2017; our scientific crowdsourcing initiative, the Hellenic OCR Team, came to life! This November, members and supporters celebrate our second anniversary. Look out for a special monthly meetup and get introduced into the state-of-the-art processing and analysis of parliamentary data.
A book presentation and the following discussion are great moments for every author. Moreover, it does not get any better when these take place in the majestic environment of Università Degli Studi di Firenze, Italy, during an ICON-S conference, the International Society of Public Law, 22-23 November 2019.
The opening of three very interesting data sets is announced today! These data sets originate from three distinct research sectors that are being pursued by our Parliamentary Foresight Lab, a virtual research laboratory in the Department for Scientific Documentation and Supervision at the Scientific Service of the Hellenic Parliament.
I had a great opportunity to present my latest research on the parliamentary monitoring of SDGs in Yangon, Myanmar at the Academic Conference on Post-Legislative Scrutiny in Asia, 17-18 June 2019. This was a joint contribution with Franklin De Vrieze titled: Interface between PLS and SDGs and the state of play in South East Asia and the Pacific.
As a former Resident Twinning Advisor, I was honoured to represent the Hellenic Parliament at the INTER PARES inaugural conference, which took place at the European Parliament from 11 to 12 July 2019. The conference on this new EU global project to strengthen the capacity of parliaments was jointly organised by DG DEVCO and International IDEA.
It is an honor to be part of this special documentary produced by the Hellenic Parliament Television on the parliaments of modern Greece. Take a tour back in time to see the historic background of the first steps of parliamentarism in modern Greece.
Check out our newsletter no.5 (April 2019) for more information on current operations of the Hellenic OCR Team as well as details of our future activities.
Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program focused on introducing students to open source software development. In Greece, the Open Technologies Alliance participates in GSOC 2019 with more than 25 open source projects. The Hellenic OCR Team has provided a highly intresting project proposal, which is presented below. We invite students who wish to participate to contact us in order to be guided through the process.
Happy New Year! Check out our latest (#4) newsletter. Featured topics include the establishment of a sub-group on Linked Open Data, the progress towards organizing a hackathon for parliamentary open data and our prospective participation to the Google Summer of Code.
Τον Δεκέμβριο του 2018 δημοσιεύτηκε η μελέτη του Forum Ελληνικής Καινοτομίας και Στρατηγικής για τον ψηφιακό μετασχηματισμό της δημόσιας διοίκησης. Ως μέλος του Επιστημονικού Συμβουλίου του Forum και εμπειρογνώμονας για τα ανοικτά δεδομένα και τις συμμετοχικές δημοκρατικές διαδιασίες, είχα την ευκαιρία να μετάσχω στην ομάδα σύνταξης.
Once in a month the Athens Chapter of the AHEPA order (HJ-1) organises a public lecture. On Nobember 16th, 2018, it was my turn to deliver a talk on the evolution of parliamentary institutions.
The Hellenic OCR Team, a novel crowdsourcing initiative for the processing and analysis of parliamentary data, celebrates its first birthday. What started as a confined experiment within the Hellenic Parliament and Greece’s oldest academic institution, the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, has now evolved into an international cooperative platform.
The Patras Science Park, a prominent Technology Park in the Greek ecosystem of research, technology and innovation, and the Hellenic Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Team, an innovative crowdsourcing platform for the processing and analysis of parliamentary data, are pleased to announce the launch of their cooperation.
My new article on ‘The Legal Dimension of Terrorism in Human Trafficking – The Cases of Italy and Greece’ has just been published by the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich.
The Hellenic OCR Team has now reached 21 members! Dedicated to science and innovation, our ever-expanding platform is utilizing crowd sourcing to process and analyse textual parliamentary data. Thirty (30) members is our next milestone.
My latest article on Inter-parliamentary cooperation and its administrators is out now! It is part of a special issue of Perspectives on Federalism titled ‘Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny in the EU: the Contribution of Interparliamentary Cooperation’ and edited by Elena Griglio and Stelios Stavridis.
It has been a privilege taking part at the Academy of European Public Law (AEPL)! It has been tough 1 1/2 years, but I learned a lot and made friends for life. Overall, a rewarding experience! Founded in 1995, the Academy is the oldest and most esteemed educational establishment of the European Public Law Organization (EPLO).
Despite calls for change, peer-review (or simply: reviewing) remains the cornerstone of scientific publication . This basic fact is embedding ethical values and principles  and is positively acknowledged by most scholars worldwide. This is why I am proud to participate in editorial boards or/and scientific committees of a number of conferences and institutions worldwide, such as EUPADRA, ScieConf and InSite 2019. Recently, I have been reviewing for The Journal of Legislative Studies.
It’s been almost a year since joining the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (short: IFLA). At the same time, I became member of the IFLAPARL community, the dedicated IFLA section for Library and Research Services for Parliaments. Overall a valuable and rewarding experience!
I was fortunate to be able to take part (once again) in the 2nd Artificial Cosmoi and the Law workshop which took place on Monday, July 30th, at the History Museum of the University of Athens in Plaka. This time, the organisers were the UCL Centre for Law, Economics & Society (CLES), Yale Law School and the Faculty of Law, University of Athens. Overall, there were five panels filled with top legal and Artificial Intelligence researchers…
The IFLAPARL July 2018 newsletter just came out with an official announcement and presentation of the Hellenic OCR Team! The newsletter is a publication of the Library and Research Services for Parliaments section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
Dr. Fotis Fitsilis
As engineer and economist Dr. Fotis Fitsilis has been active in a broad range of fields, from telecommunications and logistics to management and governance. After a career as a research engineer in Germany, he worked as Special Advisor for Business and Industry in the Greek Ministry of Development. Since 2007 he has been working in the Hellenic Parliament. Learn More..