tirsdag den 20. maj 2008

6th Eastern European eGovernment Days - Transfer East

This event is a joint initiative led by the Austrian Forum eGovernment/OCG and EPMA CZ.

The purpose of the seminar was originally to help speed up the IT development in Government in the Eastern European countries. but after just 6 years it becomes rather obvious that some of the 'new' EU countries are doing quite well and some have in fact made astonishing progress in some of the key areas, where the 'old' Europe may be bound by a lot of silo-thinking.

The individual presentations can be found by downloading the program in PDF-format from above homepage.

The 'pre conference' delt with 2 key areas: Customer centric service provisioning and 'advanced eGovernment Information Service Bus'. A number of interesting projects were presented, and although it was relatively deep technically oriented, it focused on different aspects of solutions and cross-country collaboration.

One of the most interesting presentations during the plenary sessions, was the one made by David Broster from EU, Head of the eGovernment Unit, DG INFSO.


He is very much concerned, as I am by the implications of web 2.0 in Government, and he is similarly very much up-to-date on IBM's collaborative tools, which he intends to pilot in EU.

I have had the pleasure to participate for the last 3 years as a speaker, this time on the topic of web 2.0 as an new emerging tool for Government. Together with my assistant, Michael Hvass, we presented the paper, that can be found at http://www.epma.cz/Docs/EEEGD08/pragmhvasssdo2008.pdf

Michael is a student at the Danish IT University and has been working together with me on eGovernment since last autumn. He has just started on final Masters' Thesis.

We followed a number of the many presentations, and our joint conclusion was that to our great surprise, nobody really mentioned SOA as an issue or a solution. In stead almost any presentation mentioned 'interoperability', 'breaking down silos', 'need for standards'. And also several presentations referred to the EU initiativeto create a pan-european interoperability framework. Even if EU as such cannot dictate national initiatives, the DGINFSO and IDA are very much focused on how the EIF, as it is called, can be applied. Instead of talking about 'Enterprise Architecture' or SOA, the EIF can be seen as a totality, encompassing both the structural aspects including the organisation of tasks, plus the need to have a common understanding on terminology, semantic aspects, as well as the common syntax.

See http://europa.eu.int/idabc/3761

More and more examples on application of this framework will in our opinion after a while put a pressure on national standards as it will be impossible to work with 2 sets of interoperability standards, one for Pan European areas and one for national.

The main original purpose on the Eastern European eGovernment Seminar, to transfer best applications from West to East is in fact an initiative led by the Danish Technology Institute. They have given out recently a handbook on G2B Practice Handbook: http://www.transfereast.net/

A relatively small number of advanced applications have been recommended as suitable to transfer; and I must say that during my 38 years in Government and eGovernment, I have only seen extremely few examples on succesful export of eGov applications - The Danish Central Persons Register was such an application 20 years ago. and if you look at the Technology Insitute's booklet, it is generic things like Digital Signature, the UK Knowledge Network , The Norwegian Bronnoysund register solution ALTINN (Everything In) - a joint forms entry and archiving solution (now under complete revamping), the Danish DOIP - eprocurement Marketplace, that really had a touch time getting off the ground as a market place, and then one of the only truly pan-european solutions, ETHICS - Electronic Tender Handling, Information and Communication Systems solution. ETHICS was originally developed in a cooperation between the IBM Business Partner Innovasion http://www.innovasion.dk/ and SKI, the Dansih public tendering organisation, but now ETHICS is owned 100% by Innovasion and IBM has a global marketing agreement with them. This has resulted in a lot of interest, and ETHICS is now covering all of Slovakia's public tebndering for central Government. http://www.epractice.eu/cases/ethics

So it will be exciting to see if this sucess now spreads to the neighbouring countries, Hungary, Czech republic, Austria, as the eeegiv seminar and the Danish Technology Institute is doing a great job of marketing our flagship procurement solution.

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