The ISLA project (Information Society in the Local Areas), funded by the Information Society Project Office (ISPO), aims to provide information to local authorities about the role they can play in the development of the Information Society. The project has four partners, from Italy, Austria, Finland and Spain, each of which has links with their national associations of local authorities. The group aims to inform local authorities of the possibilities and advantages that information services offer to them, and to highlight the types of services they can offer to citizens and local businesses. The project will consist of three phases: - Information collection: a survey of services offered to citizens and businesses by municipalities, to identify the services offered and trends; - Identification of the services offered by municipal authorities which have the greatest potential for telematics applications; - Concentration on the transfer of know-how, sharing and planning of joint initiatives between municipalities. ISLA will select the five most representative services in each country, compile a report illustrating the services available and create an Internet site linked to all local authority sites. In addition, a number of conferences and seminars will be held, to foster discussion and provide training in techniques for the Information Society. Finally, a permanent open tool to monitor the development of Information Society services will be created.