The Commission has just launched the TrendsWatch website which aims to become a focus for all eGovernment research projects and activities in FP6, the Sixth Framework Project for Research and Development. The launch is designed to support the work and findings of the study ‘Bringing together and accelerating eGovernment research in the EU’.
In order to reflect the evolution of the study, we aim to provide regular updates along with new informational content,
say TrendsWatch organisers. The study, which runs for 38 months and has a €800,000 budget, was commissioned by the Information Society and the Media Directorate-General. Its main objectives are:
- The structured analysis of eGovernment FP6 research project activities and results;
- Exploration of the relationship between research, policy and good practice, aiming for sustainable innovation;
- The reinforcement of international co-operation in eGovernment research; and
- The monitoring of eGovernment technological and socio-economic trends.
While the starting point of the study is eGovernment, it has the flexibility to address innovative services of public interest more generally. The reinforcement of international co-operation for eGovernment research, good practice and policy will be covered to help obtain a coherent international dimension. Co-operation with representative bodies or key organisations in the USA, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Canada and Australia will also be explored.
TrendsWatch itself is driven by the need to monitor developments in eGovernment research. Through this monitoring, the influence of factors which facilitate change is understood and addressed, allowing the future of eGovernment to be directed and shaped rather than become a process-driven service provision.
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