Introducing IEEE eGovernment STC

posted Oct 18, 2012, 1:27 PM by STC eGov   [ updated Aug 9, 2014, 10:23 PM by Carlos E. Jiménez ]

The IEEE eGovernment STC

The IEEE Computer Society’s Special Technical Community on eGovernment aims at carrying out more coordinated and better work on eGovernment within the IEEE. The IEEE eGovernment STC is a new worldwide and transversal division within IEEE and, particularly, it is part of the IEEE Computer Society. This is an open community, related specially to public organizations’ technological areas. Some of the tasks this IEEE division could carry out are (but not limited to):

  • To design a newsletter for the eGovernment community
  • To set up workshops in IEEE conferences addressed to authors and attendees
  • To draft standards 
  • To invite authors to submit technical articles to different journals, magazines and newsletters
  • To design and try courseware for government IT practitioners

What does eGovernment mean for the IEEE eGovernment STC?

We know and understand the differences between the distinct classifications related to technology adoption in public organizations. However, in order to be inclusive, this STC adopts a broader eGovernment view, a transversal and horizontal one that takes into account both the strategic and the operative perspectives. Thus, among other, eGovernment includes infrastructure, management, rules and specific requirements, different areas under the eGovernment umbrella, or public policies (or strategies) related to technology adoption. It also focuses on :

  • Open Government, Smart Government, eAdministration
  • Government Cloud, mGovernment
  • eGovernment Interoperability, eGovernment Cybersecurity or eGovernment Privacy
  • eJustice or eHealth
  • eGovernance and other eGovernment perspectives and technologies, present and futures 

Some examples?

The management of technology, innovation and engineering are core disciplines in STC on eGovernment. Some specific areas the group will work on are (but not limited to):

1. The design of systems, standards, architectures and configurations, including Government systems and eGovernment interoperability. How should we prepare eGovernment systems to be interoperable, which standards are key for this purpose?

2.       The design of the infrastructure and underlying architecture of eGovernment systems so that all of the technology pieces work together

3.       Scalability and maintainability, keeping in mind that selling companies may go out of business but that public organizations’ systems have to keep running (this requires special procurement policies in order to get source code, a good configuration control, documentation, standard development platforms, etc.)

4.       Project design, taking into account the real and long-term costs, including ongoing licenses and support fees.

5.       Protection and hosting of personal data, resistance to hacking and break-in, resilience to failures and emergencies (how to prevent a nation’s databases from turning off if an earthquake takes place?)

6.       Change management in public organizations. How do you convince citizens and users to trust and use the new systems instead of standing in line at the old offices as they have always done?

7.       IT and information systems strategic alignment with public policies, principles and eGovernment strategies

8.       What pieces of the e-system must continue to be duplicated by the “old” methods, and for how long? How to ensure consistency between data and documents processed through the e-system and the “old” system?

Mission, Vision and Field of Interest

Our perspective is integrated and aligned with the IEEE Computer Society and IEEE view. Right now, we are in the process of developing it, but these are some of the key elements it will include.

Mission – To support public managers worldwide pursuing excellence in management of innovation and technology on eGovernment in order to be more efficient, effective and transparent, as well as to serve to the citizen. To enable technology professionals and managers, members of IEEE, to optimize organizational effectiveness in public organizations, more specifically, in the eGovernment area in order to be more efficient, effective and transparent. The IEEE eGovernment STC will help organize the IEEE community to come together to advance in the eGovernment area . 

Vision - To become the preferred resource for technology professionals and public managers pursuing excellence in management of innovation and technology on eGovernment. Governments will increasingly seek IEEE’s input as an unbiased source of technical information. Governments will request IEEE opinions before policy decisions. IEEE experts will always be invited to participate in conferences and international government fora.

Field of Interest - The field of interest focuses on the strategic management, social implications of technology and policies, related information systems, innovation, technologies, processes and procedures within public organizations.

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