Tuesday, November 13, 2007

CLAD papers and presentations

At the beginning of this month a research team to where I belong, make a panel on the use of digital facilities and local e-government at the 12ยบ CLAD conference at Santo Domingo, in Latin America.
IT was a great time and a nice opportunity to learn more about a world region where it was my first time.

I was involved in two papers, for each I present the English abstracts. One of the papers was co-authored with my brother.

Outcomes from a digital cities approach for local administration
Joaquim Borges Gouveia, Luis Borges Gouveia

Nowadays, a high number of digital cities inititatives have been deployed in many countries and within a multitude of contexts. Considering the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and a high level vision for their use regarding the territory, the people and activity within a given region, we can consider that such digital cities initiatives have some impact in the way local administration took both its operations and even its governance. As a result, the paper will advance a discussion on the impact that digital cities can have in local administration and how we should benefict from following such perspective to take advantage of ICT. The discussion follows the author experience in the leadership of one of such initiatives and its experience on the Portuguese digital cities programs since the 90’.

Towards a territory oriented perspective for local e-government
Luis Borges Gouveia

The idea of local e-government has been developed and enhanced for the last decade. The quality of approaches and services already provided has also accomplished to fulfill the initial perspectives and intakes new ambitions. One viable direction to improve the quality of local e-government is to relate all available information as part of the territory knowledge and consider it as georeferenced and the most possible real time usable. Such vision, although is not possible at the moment, may be a direction that provides a new level of possibilities and services that this paper discusses.
As a result, the author defends that a vison where we can deal with generated and usable information related to the territory potentiates both its economy and people, as well turns possible to foster the concept of an intelligent territory. Along with the discussion of the concept, a brief introduction to its implications for local e-government is made.

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