According to a report recently
published by the UN Division or Public Economics and Public Administration
and the American Society for Public Administration, Norway has
been ranked as the best provider of eGovernment services in Europe.
However, Norway was ranked behind the top four, which are the
United States, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
The United Kingdom emerged
as the top EU Member State, but was ranked seventh overall. The
Netherlands, Denmark and Germany were ranked close behind the
The report claims that Europe
is a global innovator in strategic planning, information access,
and citizen participation, and there will be an opportunity to
learn about some of these innovations at the forthcoming eBusiness
and eWork 2002 (e2002) conference, which is being held in Prague
on 16-18 October 2002.
This conference deals with
several eBusiness related matters, among them eGovernment. Konstantinos
Tarabanis, from the University of Macedonia in Greece will be
talking about provision of eGovernment services at the European
level. Karl-Erik Andersson, a consultant from Tietoenator Trigon
Ab in Sweden, will be addressing the conference on the topic
of eGovernment and the total change of Information and Communication
technologies. Martin Sedlmayr from Faw, Germany will be speaking
about an environmental application call Apnee, which provides
information for European citizens. The development of the Apnee
system has been supported with funding from the IST Research
Programme. The Apnee project is just one of several IST projects
presenting results at the e2002 conference.
The eBusiness and eWork events
are the conferences for RTD projects in Key Action II of the
IST Programme. Key Action II of the IST Programme is also the
primary sponsor of the eBusiness and eWork conference series.
The major sponsors of e2002 are Canon Europe, InternetOnline,
and the Technology Centre (Czech Republic).