Jörn von Lucke, Speyer (Germany)
The Research Institute for Public Administration at the German Postgraduate School for Administrative Sciences in Speyer (http://www.foev-speyer.de) was founded in 1976. It is an independent scientific institute funded equally by the national government and the state (Länder) governments. The institute has a long tradition of doing research in the field of e-government. Prof. Reinermann and his team have gathered knowledge for more than 25 years. The close association to the postgraduate school is as helpful as the regular working conferences on the administrative sciences and research seminars (like SpeBit - Speyer Seminars on IT in Public Administration) involving scientists and civil servants, together with visiting academic speakers from Germany and abroad. They provide a framework for discussing both the findings of recent research and new developments in the principles and practice of information technology in administrative organisations.
Since January 2002 the Portals-Project is doing basic research in the field of portals for government and public administration. The main focus is on concepts for information, communication and transactions like „portals", „single window access", „one-stop-government", or the structuring of information in accordance with „life event" and "business episodes", among others. Internet-technologies, as well as call centres and one-stop-shops, are the key to new solutions for virtual government.
The website of the project (http://www.foev-speyer.de/portale) also contains links to interesting government portal sites, updated regularly by the staff.
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