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CLARITY - Open eGovernment Services
  • 24Aug

    Smart Cities & the Ethics of Things

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  • 22Aug

    How the future of digital government services is shaped

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  • 01Aug

    Next Generation Internet

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    The internet is a technology ‘commons’ unlike anything before – a shared benefit and shared responsibility for all of its users. It was never designed to perform the tasks it is expected to perform, and it is certainly not future proof as-is. We need to do better in making sure that the internet as a shared global technical and social infrastructure is able to carry its heavy responsibility. This is especially relevant as we are about to embark on fascinating new journeys where we depend entirely on a safe, secure and open internet as a carrier - including an expected flood of connected devices on the outside and inside of our bodies, vehicles, buildings and infrastructure.

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  • 18Jul

    Real digital innovation requires a paradigm shift

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    The sharing economy is having an enormous impact on our cities. In the coming years new technological developments will change them even more drastically. The question is: who owns the platforms? The Google's and Airbnb's of this world, who are unaccountable and primarily in it for the money? Or the platform cooperatives, who focus on open technology, the commons and actual sharing? Should we take it one step further and radically change our economic thinking?

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  • 18Jul

    New policy addresses gaps in eHealth service provision

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    Brand new data and cyber security policy from the Department of Health (UK) addresses gaps in eHealth service provision identified the by CLARITY consortium. Just days after the CLARITY consortium submitted their Gap Analyses, which highlights gaps within the current provision of open eGovernment services, the UK Department of Health has announced plans to increase spending on cyber and data security to more than £50m, and also for introducing digital systems that allow patients to track how their data is used, and by whom.  This report thus responds to the following gaps highlighted in CLARITY work so far.

     

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  • 04Jul

    Do We Need Libraries?

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    When we are discussing open eGovernment services, we should also consider not only “government” related services but openness of other services, too. We work towards drivers and changes on open eGovernment services with the CLARITY project. Considering our work in this project, I started pondering the following questions: what should governments do when they take decisions for libraries? What will happen to libraries in digital era? Who needs librarians? Who needs libraries? Is it merely “nostalgia” now that when we have almost everything in digital form? Libraries are funded by our tax money, do we really need libraries anymore? Maybe we just digitize and automate everything and save the state the cost of having librarians and convert libraries to restaurants, pubs, office spaces?

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  • 04Jul

    Eight considerations for the up-take of open eGovernment service in Europe

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    The CLARITY partners delivered report D2.3 Considerations for the up-take of eGovernment service in Europe to the European Commission on the 31st May 2017. 
    The report builds on extensive desk research and interviews with open eGovernment practitioners and experts.  The focus is on ascertaining the drivers and needs that lie at the heart of open eGovernment service provision and the barriers that slow down or hinder successful take-up of said services within four focus area.

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  • 15Jun

    Handbook for citizen participation

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    On the 8th of June Waag Society hosted a session for Dutch municipalities to investigate the pratical implications of new open eDemocracy tools. Focussing on the successful Your Priorities application participants spent the afternoon discussing how new forms of citizen participation influence the policy making process and what this means for the decision making workflow.

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  • 13Jun

    What happens to little geospatial metadata in the big big open data world?

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    In Finland National Land Survey of Finland provides metadata portal for geospatial datasets and everybody can use it to create metadata descriptions for their datasets. The national metadata portal was created to meet with the EU’s INSPIRE directives demands on metadata for geospatial information. The directive was created in 2007 and in that time open data was not yet risen to the status where it is now and hence data storage and opening of the data has been dealt through other services.

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  • 08Mar

    Transforming the public sector into a technology and innovation leader

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    It is a fact that technology in our age is offering countless solutions and infrastructures that could change the way we act and perform activities, and that innovation is lately directly linked with emerging technologies that are applied in various domains and revolutionise them, such as manufacturing, healthcare, consumer services, media, etc. 

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