Personal tools
You are here: Home Articles 3 open source e-Government projects merge and launch
Document Actions

3 open source e-Government projects merge and launch

by xavier last modified 2007-06-13 14:57

Open source experts from the public sector, SME and open source community participated in the first Plone e-government international workshop. After two days of intense work the group decided to merge into 1 common project 3 e-government initiatives: CommunesPlone (Belgium, France), (Switzerland) and UdalPlone (Basque Country, Spain). The new project, based on the open source Content Management System Plone, will be named It now reaches over 40 local governments and 2 regions in 5 countries.

SeneffeworkshopThe workshop goal was to set the path to international collaboration and coordinate the development of generic open source solutions adapted to the needs of the public sector. The event outlined the benefits of international collaboration in term of economy of scale, sharing best practices, investments and development. aims to become a central point of information for Plone based e-government solutions.

Attendants, equally representing the public sector, Plone community and SME's, came from several countries : Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Argentina, The Netherlands and Luxemburg.

Workshop results

  • Each participant was able to present his development. It was an opportunity to share experience, projects and code between actors from the public and private sector. It outlined the benefits of a closer collaboration and coordination between projects in order to avoid duplication of efforts.
  • (Switzerland) and CommunesPlone (Belgium, France) are complementary projects. The integration of the 2 projects was tested. The pooling of development of each projects will enable to deliver extended solutions and benefits to local governments and public services participating into the project.
  • Launch a joint e-government portal, that aims to become a central point for information and solutions for governmental projects made with the CMS Plone. Available solutions will be organized and documented.
  • 2 cities from South America were accepted to join the project : the cities of Rosario (Argentina) and San José (Uruguay). Robert Allende (Menttes), Argentina will be PloneGov contact point in South America.
  • Investigate a free hosting offer based on to offer a testing environment to local governments, public administrations and SME interested to join the project.

Organization and sponsoring

The event took place on May 31 and June 1 in Seneffe, Belgium. It was sponsored by the towns of Seneffe and Sambreville, Zea Partners and EasiWal the Walloon agency for administrative simplification.

With the kind support of :

  • Philippe Busquin, mayor of Seneffe, former EU Commissioner for Research and member of the European Parliament (member of the Committee of Industry, Research and Energy).
  • Hanna Muralt Müller,  working for the Swiss Chancellery and having responsibilities in Sciences, e-Learning and e-Gov. Profile (Dutch)