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CommunesPlone organizes the first Plone e-Gov international workshop

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

A growing number of local governments are choosing the open source Plone CMS for their web infrastructure. Doing so they provide new services to their citizens and improve internal administrative processes. Mutualization of resources opens the way to a new form of collaboration. The workshop goal is to bring together experts from several regions. The expected benefits of this transnational collaboration are to share applications, investments costs and best practices.


What ?

The Plone e-Gov workshop will be an opportunity for experts from diverse background (public, private and open source community) to share information about their expertise, needs and projects.

Participants will start presenting their experience in e-Gov projects, with a focus on reusability of open source modules. The workshop will be followed by an analysis of similar requirements to evaluate possibilities of sharing existing code or to develop more generic tools.

There is a particular interest for a closer collaboration between CommunesPlone and PloneGov. The goals is to avoid duplication of efforts and share applications like the « Town meeting management » module developed by CommunesPlone and the « Records Management » developed by PloneGov.

A number of funding programs support ICT research, development and transnational collaboration. The workshop will be an opportunity to present these opportunities and prepare a strategy to secure future funding to develop these mutualization e-Gov projects.

List of Plone e-Gov projects and products

When ?

Thu May 31 and Fri June 1, 2007


Where ?

Workshop location

The workshop will be held 30 km in south of Brussels, in the city of Seneffe, Wallon Region, Belgium (Place de Penne d'Agenais, 10 at Seneffe)


They are some hotels around Seneffe but we recommend the "Hotel Aquarelle" ( Rue Scrawelle, 64 at Seneffe)


By train : From one of the railway stations, ask for a ticket to "Nivelles" and take the Brussels Charleroi-Sud line.
Get off at Nivelles (24 min.) and continue to Seneffe-Centre by bus (20 min.) or take a taxi. Tickets for the bus are available to the bus driver.

Timetables are available on the web site of the SNCB or by phone (+32/2/555.25.25).

By car : Map

Workshop coordinators

  • Technical  coordination : Joël Lambillote, town of Sambreville
  • International networking and collaboration : Xavier Heymans, Nicolas Bossut, Zea Partners

Who ?

Public sector

  • Joël Lambillotte - Town of Sambreville
  • Gauthier Bastien - Town of Sambreville
  • Olivier Snickers - Town of Seneffe
  • Gaëtan Delannay - EasiWal - Walloon Agency of e-Administration and Simplification
  • Bernard Genin - EasiWal
  • Jean-Michel Abe - Town of La Bruyère
  • Fabio Marcuzzi - Town of Andenne
  • Stéphan Geulette - UVCW - Union of Cities and Municipalities of the Walloon Region
  • Concilia Bagaragaza - Town of Seneffe
  • Benoît Magos - Town of Grez-Doiceau

SME and Open Source Community

  • 4teamwork, Switzerland
Bernhard BÜHLMANN - Founder of, project with the cities of Basel and Bern.
  • Affinitic, Belgium



  • atReal, France
Thierry BENITA (Projects with two member French mairies, Arles and Savigny-sur-Orge)
  • Bubblenet, Belgium
Godefroid CHAPELLE (Coaching of the towns of Seneffe and Sambreville) - (excused)
  • Codesyntax, Basque Country, Spain
Eneko Astigarraga - Founder project UdalPlone (Udal = local government) - experience of over 15 bilingual portals for local government, towns and association of towns)
  • Infrae, The Netherlands
  • Kitry, Luxembourg
Mehdi Bennamar
  • Lionel Dricot, Python expert - member of the Linux group Louvain-le-Neuve, Belgium.
  • Menttes, Cordoba, Argentina
Roberto ALLENDE - co-founder of the Plone Conosur usergroup (Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay) - contact with the towns of San José, Uruguay and Rosario, Argentina.
  • Netsight, UK - (excused)
Matt Hamilton
  • Pilot Systems, France
David Sapiro (Projects with the towns of St-Germain-en-Laye, Sevran and Pantin)
  • Proteon, The Netherlands
Lex van Sonderen
  • Pyxel, Belgium
Jean Francois ROCHE
  • Toonux, France
Olivier Laurelli
  • Zea Partners, Belgium

Nicolas BOSSUT


Due to logistic limitations, the participation to this first edition is limited to people already involved in CommunesPlone or PloneGov. Participants come from different background: local governments, SME and open source experts. All of them having a long-term experience in open source e-Government projects and Plone/Zope development. If you are involved in a similar project and would like to attend, you may contact  to check for availability.

Event organization and sponsoring
  • Towns of Seneffe and Sambreville, founding members of CommunesPlone
  • Zea Partners
  • EasiWal - The Walloon Agency for e-Administration and 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)