BFM2013_4_01_A first step

More than any other issue of BFMagazine so far, this is an introductory issue, as e-government is the tip of the iceberg of different initiatives, with the purpose of using information and communication technologies (ICTs) to change the relationship between citizens (corporate and individuals) and institutions.

As e-government and related initiatives are widespread and constantly increasing in number, it is pointless to try to provide a list.

Instead, if your business activities are in Europe, it is easier to register on epractice.eu, the social network created by the European Commission to ensure that knowledge generated by EU-financed projects is accessible, notably to potential business users.

Once inside the community, register your interest for e-government, search the existing library of case studies, and maybe connect with other users who actually worked on e-government initiatives.

In business, we need to get used to alternative ways to ensure “knowledge continuity”, i.e. keeping your “knowledge base” to look more like a “knowledge thesaurus” than a “knowledge container” , i.e. knowledge connected to current practice.

As in other business areas, using Google etc. should become a second nature, a litmus test of the ability of your own staff to keep in touch with evolution of knowledge in their own domain.