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REGIONAL INDICATORS of e-Government and e-Business in Information Technologies

Objective

Regional-IST will foster the convergence of regional IS Observatories to become a platform to assess decision makers. The project will establish a collaboration network of organisations acting as official regional channels of IS Statistics. The project is backed by the commitment of regional official bodies and Statistical Institutes. The project, out of the local needs and Observatories requirements, will define e-government and e-business indicators common for all the regions together with specific regional targets. Surveys will be carried out at different sites. The project will also focus on the collection and classification of statistical data enabling observatories to collect data quickly and have a user-friendly analysis tool enabling non-experts to interrogate data via web. Services will enable the project to interact with decision makers, experts and media to disseminate public and statistical information.

OBJECTIVES
The aim of the project is to study e-Government and e-Business implementation in the European regions to measuring, auditing and benchmarking the use of ICT. Sub-targets are:
1. IS-Observatories best practice: to establish a common regular exchange of statistical data;
2. eGovernment: definition of set of indicators following the current guidelines of eEurope;
3. eBusiness: definition of indicators following studies commissioned by official bodies;
4. Classifications and Nomenclatures: methods to match available statistical registers with International Nomenclatures, for the purpose of defining the ICT sector, new economic activities, products and labour skills;
5. Data collection: the project will perform fieldwork and new methods for data processing;
6. Benchmarking and display: surveys, data mining and benchmarking of public processes, which are becoming digital will be provided. We will research the possibility to provide holistic measurements of IS growth.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
In order to provide a comprehensive and focused evaluation of the evolving European new economy, we will study mainly the indicators related to e-government and e-business. The project will perform work for these two areas in each of the participating countries/regions, and will adopt a sort of ""standards"" as reachable targets to be assumed within the guidelines and agenda of e-Europe. Indicators and targets to be reached will address the specific ethnographic and socio-technological situation and restrictions in the different countries and regions. Effort will be set to correlate countries with similar population and/or similar GPD. For this purpose we will:
a) Define the processes, products and organizational issues necessary to coordinate regional/national IS Observatories;
b) Use data from the institutions we represent, from regional and national administrations, and from EUROSTAT/New Cronos;
c) Test and propose an elaboration of standard nomenclatures (NACE, ISCOCPA/NACE, COFOG) to accessible directories of IST sector, products, government services and labour skills;
d) Collect data from publicly accessible Internet data;
e) Define along with e-Europe local e-Government and e-Business indicators and targets;
f) Carry out surveys to households and enterprises with the support of the official regional bodies;
g) Data processing, data analysis and data mining: data will be explored for consistent patterns and relationships;
h) Visualization tool: project results will be on an interactive web backed by a database with indicators/targets per country and with a customized search engine;
i) A loop feedback process will be established between project work and contribution/assessment from decision makers through the Forums.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA
Address
Avenida Tibidabo 39 - 43
08035 Barcelona
Spain

Participants (6)

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Muenchen
GENERALITAT DE CATALUNYA
Spain
Address
Placa Sant Jaume 4
08002 Barcelona
GKI GAZDASAGKUTATO RT./GKI ECONOMIC RESEARCH CO./
Hungary
Address
Semmelweis U. 11
1052 Budapest
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE MARIO BOELLA SULLE TECNOLOGIE DELL'INFORMAZIONE E DELLE TELECOMUNICAZIONI
Italy
Address
Via P. C. Boggio 61
10129 Torino
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
PRESIDENCIA DO CONSELHO DE MINISTROS
Portugal
Address
Rua Professor Gomes Teixeira
1399-022 Lisboa