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Social Computing and Cooperation Services for Connected Government and Cross-Boundary Services Delivery

Social Computing and Cooperation Services for Connected Government and Cross-Boundary Services Delivery
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Author(s): Walter Castelnovo (University of Insubria, Italy)
Copyright: 2014
Pages: 27
Source title: Emerging Mobile and Web 2.0 Technologies for Connected E-Government
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Zaigham Mahmood (University of Derby, UK & North West University Potchefstroom, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6082-3.ch010

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Abstract

Connected Government requires different government organizations to connect seamlessly across functions, agencies, and jurisdictions in order to deliver effective and efficient services to citizens and businesses. In the countries of the European Union, this also involves the possibility of delivering cross-border services, which is an important step toward a truly united Europe. To achieve this goal, European citizens and businesses should be able to interact with different public administrations in different Member States in a seamless way to perceive them as a single entity. Interoperability, which is a key factor for Connected Government, is not enough in order to achieve this result, since it usually does not consider the social dimension of organizations. This dimension is at the basis of co-operability, which is a form of non-technical interoperability that allows different organizations to function together essentially as a single organization. In this chapter, it is argued that, due to their unique capacity of coupling several technologies and processes with interpersonal styles, awareness, communication tools, and conversational models, the integration of social computing services and tools within inter-organizational workflows can make them more efficient and effective. It can also support the “learning” process that leads different organizations to achieve co-operability.

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