Patterns of governance, Part 1

What should a government policy for the architecture of e-government in Denmark involve? Some central keywords are, I think, bleeding edge technologies (XML, web services, etc), open standards, governance, service communities, sourcing strategies, schema/pattern communities, and communities of practice.

eGov architecture policy is (at least) about ‘architecting’ or designing an architectural framework, not unlike the US model (FEA), where focus is put on getting business to drive the technological development. But it also involves taking on a governing role concerning technological standards. Here, we’ll work on an e-GIF as well as infrastructural patterns.

It is also about community building. We’re building a platform for government-wide communities of practice for various practitioners, who will participate in a semiformal process of standardisation, schema development, pattern language development, metadata user groups, etc.

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