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EISCO 2008: PloneGov an international project tackling the digital divide

by Red Turtle last modified 2008-07-04 10:41

EISCO conferences have become a major event for politicians and experts working at local and regional level to discuss e-Government and Information Society strategies. Representatives of the open source initiative PloneGov have been invited to share their experience in developing international collaboration and sharing open source software between public organizations worldwide.

The 7th European Information Society Conference EISCO 2008, "Local networks and inter-regional cooperation", will take place next September in Naples, Italy. The conference goals are to evaluate achievements in reducing the digital divide, exchange experiences and learn from each other. Representatives of the PloneGov initiative have been invited to participate in the session entitled "building digital capacity in local administrations".

Napoli, a fertile ground for open source collaboration

Following the Plone Conference 2007 and the Sorrento Sprint 2008, Naples and its surroundings continue to be a very fertile ground for sharing experiences about open source collaboration in particular related to Plone and its eGovernment project PloneGov.

Two weeks after the official launch of at a nationwide event in Ferrara, Zea Partners will represent PloneGov at this new edition of the EISCO conference. Building upon the foundations that will be set up in Ferrara, our goal is to gain more consensus from politicians and administrators fascinated by the PloneGov initiative.

PloneGov, international projects tackling the digital divide

PloneGov is a collaborative software ecosystem, where government organizations, non-profits and the private sector work together to share the cost of enhanced capabilities. All participating organizations benefit from any one’s contributions at no additional cost and with no restrictions. After one year existence, the project, open and international, already spans over 3 continents and reaching over 100 public administrations in 20 countries.

The objective is to deliver tools for public administrations and on-line web services to citizens most effectively and efficiently by reducing or eliminating the duplication of effort between localities through sharing and collaboration. We enable governments to benefit from greater technological independence and together build tools that are truly suited to their own needs.