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Dr. Fotis Fitsilis

Media appearances

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.

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Knowledge management as a parliamentary challenge

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.

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Ανάλυση δραστηριοτήτων 2004-2009

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).

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Workshop Report: IFLAPARL 2019

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”.

Impressions from the ICON-S in Florence

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).

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Διδασκαλία αρχών τεχνολογίας και προγραμματισμού (συνεχής ανανέωση)

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.

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Hellenic OCR Team’s second anniversary!

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.

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Open datasets in Figshare

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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.

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My presentation on SDGs in Yangon

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.

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Participation to the 2019 Google Summer of Code

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.

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Hellenic OCR Team Newsletter #4: January 2019

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.

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Μελέτη για τον ψηφιακό μετασχηματισμό

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.

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Happy birthday Hellenic OCR Team!

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.

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Graduation from the Academy of European Public Law

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).

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Recent reviewing activity (update)

 

Despite calls for change, peer-review (or simply: reviewing) remains the cornerstone of scientific publication [1]. This basic fact is embedding ethical values and principles [2] 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.

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IFLA WLIC 2019 contribution


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!

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My participation at the Artificial Cosmoi and the Law (2nd edition) workshop

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…

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Hellenic OCR Team gets own online presence!

The Hellenic OCR Team has now its own website! Following its presence on Linkedin, the website shall present this unique crowdsourcing activities and extend its visibility to interested third parties. Information science professionals, data scientists, linguists and students from a wide spectrum of fields are hereby invited to participate to an one-of-its-kind cooperative platform for the processing and study of parliamentary data. More details may be found in the open Call for Members.

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Hellenic OCR Team Newsletter #2

This is the second newsletter of the Hellenic OCR Team. Overall, it is the second one and the first one drafted in English. It is also the last one before the hot Greek summer. However, work within the team never stops! The next newsletter will appear in late September with more insights on team development, collaboration with related organisations and more information the processing and analysis of parliamentary texts.

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An evening in the European Parliament: Digital skills and Greek tourism

Brussels view

A highly interesting event regarding growth in the tourism sector through development of digital skills took place on 15 May 2018 in the European Parliament (EP) in Brussels [1]. Analysis of the future potential of state-of-the-art technologies in tourism was supported by a presentation of Google’s initiative Grow Greek Tourism Online [2].

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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..

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