The Challenges of E-Government Architecture
E-Government is about the government not wasting citizens' time. Architecting for e-government means dealing with distributed systems, complex interactions between departments, and legal and organizational challenges.
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After working for a year on the matter, I did a presentation at a small conference about the options for an architecture of e-government solutions. A 40-minute talk could not cover everything, and it is presented in the context of Bulgaria (hence 2 graphs with Cyrillic script in the slides), so I hope it’s useful anyway.
It follows a previous post of mine that proposes an architecture, which I’ve expanded here.
The main points are:
- all data registers must be integrated somehow;
- the integration should preferably not rely on a centralized ESB-like system;
- privacy must be addressed by strict access control and audit logs, including access for citizens to data about who read their data and why, including notifications;
- the technical challenge is only 20%, the rest is legal and organizational.
Despite being government-related, it’s actually an interesting technical task that not many have solved properly.
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