Ariadne (*)
 (*) Ariadne, Cretan-Greek goddess and mistress of the Labyrinth
 
 
 Issue nr. 2
 
 Ariadne NEWSLETTER
 
 Date: August 2006  





 






 

A newsletter for advancing technologies, ideas and provocative exchange of views and opinions in the areas of e-government, e-participation and governance

From this issue we welcome Francesco Molinari, our new Co-Editor in the Ariadne Editorial Board! Adamantios and Francesco will from now on share the Editorial of Ariadne

Editorial: The role of standards in a Public Administration environment, by Francesco Molinari
  While largely used and recognised as useful in industrial contexts, standards seem to be in search of legitimacy within modern Public Administration.

To be sure, in the past 10-15 years there has been a plethora of national, transnational and supranational initiatives involving the establishment and/or harmonisation of administrative practices at central and local government level (from OECD Puma to EU Sigma to UN Convention against corruption, to name but a few).
   
  Who is Francesco?
   
Interview with Dragan
  ARIADNE: Dragan, we have first met during a proposal preparation concerning ICT development in the Western Balkan Municipalities. Can you outline, in a few sentences, the state of the art on this regard?

DRAGAN: Owing to collaboration with European municipalities and European R&D institutions through EU funded projects and regional initiatives, as well as support from world financial institutions (e.g. World Bank, GTZ Germany, USAID, etc.), or IT companies (e.g. Microsoft) the larger Western Balkan Municipalities possess very well established ICT infrastructure and implemented e-government solutions.
   
  Who is Dragan?
   
We can do better! (Can we do better?)
Recently I have participated in the eLearning Conference held between 24 and 26 May 2006 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: http://www.eLearning-Africa.com it was an excellently organized Conference and if it was for me to judge, rather one of the best events that I attended outside our golden ivory European tower.

In the past I would be sticking more to the differences – now I look more to the commonalities. In the past I would be looking to the poverty – real or relative of Africa. Now, it is time to look deeper into our European poverty and the false paradigms we are providing to the people. No need to continue feeding our sustainability delusions, as long as these relate only to money – money is only a means to an end, and what we are all witnessing is that if it is regarded as an end in itself, it leads only to problems. There is also no need to take a radical approach to issues that we are all of us fed up with. However, there is still some room for improving our ways of approaching our jobs, be it research or commerce or both.
   
Worth to visit and read...
  Worth to visit...
In the age of the non ... Learning Organisations, it is really worth to visit the Comprehensive Package for Building eLearning Organizations (CPeO) by Hoffmann & Reif Consultants http://www.hoffmann-reif.com.

The following webpages provide an overview of the CPeO and its mission.
   
  Worth to read...
Interoperability for ... Dummies. A journey to the serious aspects of a serious pan–European problem, made easy by Johan Vitters of CapGemini Belgium and Arnold Van Overeem of CapGemini Netherlands.
   
From the newswire: Planning the launch of a Community of Users – The case of the IST SemanticGov Project
 

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  Information on new or ongoing projects in the area of E–Government should aim to help diffusion of a project’s unique’s selling propositions. This time we present the IST SemanticGov project.

SemanticGov aims at building the infrastructure (software, models, services, etc) necessary for enabling the offering of semantic web services by public administration (PA).

Through such a cutting edge infrastructure, SemanticGov will address longstanding challenges faced by public administrations such as achieving interoperability amongst PA agencies both within a country as well as amongst countries, easing the discovery of PA services by its customers, facilitating the execution of complex services often involving multiple PA agencies in interworkflows.
   
Impressum
  Ariadne is a quarterly publication prepared as part of the dissemination and public awareness activities of the ALTEC Research Programmes Division http://research.altec.gr. However, Ariadne is certainly not a marketing pamphlet aimed to communicate commercial lines of ALTEC – quite the contrary it aims to foster the exchange and sharing of ideas and facilitate the discussion of interesting views and opinions.

You can contact us for feedback, submit an article or participate in the Ariadne team by sending an email to the Editors of Ariadne Mr Francesco Molinari mail@francescomolinari.it and Mr Adamantios Koumpis, akou@altec.gr.
   


Disclaimer: Ariadne (*) Issue 1, 2006
(*) Ariadne, Cretan-Greek goddess and mistress of the Labyrinth
A newsletter for advancing technologies, ideas and provocative exchange of views and opinions in the areas of e-government, e-participation and governance
Impressum
Ariadne is a quarterly publication prepared as part of the dissemination and public awareness activities of the ALTEC Research Programmes Division http://research.altec.gr
You can contact us for feedback, submit an article or participate in the Ariadne team by sending an email to the Editor of Ariadne Mr Adamantios Koumpis, akou@altec.gr
You can feel free to copy or refer to content of our newsletter - we encourage you also to send us your comments.
Our ambition for Ariadne is to become a medium that shall help the organic cooperation amongst professionals and practitioners from different disciplines with a focus to the areas of e-government, e-participation, e-democracy and governance.
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