The BlogDr. Fotis Fitsilis
As we step into 2024, let’s revisit the diverse accomplishments of my 2023 research journey. In addition to publications, impactful talks and public appearances have provided rich insights in the study of parliaments. Many thanks to my colleagues, collaborators and my entire team for contributing to this journey.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Advanced analysis and recognition of parliamentary corpora (ARPC)
The ARPC organizing committee invites papers for the workshop to be held in physical format during the ICDAR 2024 conference (August 30 – September 4, 2024) in Athens, Greece. The exact date of the ARPC workshop will be communicated soon.
The past six months were filled with workshops, conferences and lecturing activities. Find below a short list with the most interesting ones.
The Hellenic OCR Team is incredibly proud to announce the publication of its first collective authoring effort titled Smart Parliament: Data-driven Democracy. The book is jointly edited by the Team’s co-founders, Fotis Fitsilis and George Mikros. The book is published by the European Liberal Forum as part of its Techno-Politics Series.
My paper with Anastasia Papastylianou on the making of a legal interoperability laboratory is published at Revista Politica Austral.
A report by Bruce Philip Todd and myself on the 15th Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians (Wroxton, UK, 30-31 July 2022).
A report by Juan de Dios Cincunegui and myself on the International Workshop of Academics and Parliamentarians (Villa La Angostura, Argentina, 7-8 April 2022)
The 15th Workshop of Parliamentary Scholars and Parliamentarians, held on 30-31 July 2022 in Wroxton, UK, included several presentations on state-of-the parliamentary topics. Among them there were two contributions of mine on artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing.
My insightful conference paper at the ICEGOV 2021 in Athens together with Victoria Kalogirou investigates the vast possibilities of legal informatics to advance systemic interoperability in the case of Greece.
This is already our second joint paper with Sotiris Leventis and Vasileios Anastasiou on the transformation of parliamentary control. Here, the Legislation Editing Open Software (LEOS) is used as the primary system, which is linked through software agents to an independent data source.
I am proud of our joint working paper with Stelios Stavridis on digital parliamentary diplomacy, which has just appeared as the most recent of the Hellenic Observatory’s GreeSE discussion papers.
My latest publication on the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in parliaments has just been published at The Journal of Legislative Studies! As one of the first academic publications on the topic, it analyses the relevant case study from the Committee for the Future in the Finnish Parliament and draws conclusions for the digital evolution of legislatures.
On May 21, 2021 I had the pleasure to give an invited lecture titled “Digital Transformation and Parliamentary Procedures” at the University of the Aegean.
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.
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..