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PloneGov selected finalist of the European e-Government Awards

by Nicolas Bossut last modified 2007-10-27 08:34

PloneGov is selected among the 52 best European e-Government projects, and is invited to present the project at the fourth Ministerial eGovernment Conference held in Lisbon in September 2007. PloneGov projects relies on 2 renowned open source software : Plone and Zope. Its success results from a close collaboration between public organizations and Zea Partners, an international network of SME building Zope and Plone solutions.

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The third European eGovernment Awards, organised by the European Commission, selects good practices on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in public service.

Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, is expected to present the European eGovernment Awards 2007 for the most outstanding eGovernment solutions at the fourth Ministerial eGovernment Conference 2007 on 20 September in Lisbon, Portugal.

During the Conference, a major display of 52 real-life eGovernment solutions and applications will be organised to highlight new developments in Europe and to build upon these in order to stimulate the take-up and dissemination of good practices.

The forthcoming Portuguese presidency and the European Commission will jointly organise the Conference. This fourth Ministerial eGovernment Conference is the main European eGovernment event in 2007; it will feature achievements across European Member States and showcase good practices, as well as look towards the future.

Together with the forthcoming Ministerial eGovernment Conference in Lisbon (Portugal), the Awards revolve around four main themes relating to ICT:

  • Better public services for growth and jobs
    Online public services directly contributing to the economic growth and jobs creation strategy of the European Union (known as Lisbon Agenda).
  • Participation and transparency
    Interactive initiatives that empower citizens and business to influence open government, policy-making and the way public administrations operate and deliver services.
  • Social impact and cohesion
    Public service initiatives contributing to improve the social environment and social cohesion. Services can be local, national, or European; user-oriented, inclusive, and interoperable.
  • Effective and efficient administration
    Innovations or re-organisations in services and processes, which make administrations more efficient and effective and reduce administrative burden.
  • Public prize - Most inspiring Good Practice
    Initiatives that provide creative solutions to common challenges and inspire others. For this prize there will be a vote by the public. All who register with the Good Practice Portal by 1 September 2007 can vote and provide comments.

Following the eligibility screening, each submitted case has been evaluated by a panel of independent experts. The experts work separately in a first phase of the evaluation process and agree on a ranking in the second to ensure the highest standards and complete impartiality. The result of the first two phases of the evaluation will be the selection of 52 finalists. 

PloneGov, a major Plone e-government project, is selected among the 52 finalists and will be presented in Lisbon in September 2007. The winners will be presented at the Ministerial eGovernment Conference 2007 at the Awards ceremony on 19 September in Lisbon (PT).

This selection among the best European project is a success for Plone, Zope and Python. We hope that our action will be awarded and our community congratulated for its fabulous day-to-day work.