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Current projects:

eGovMoNet: eGovernment Monitor Network

Project duratation: 2008 - 2010


Harmonise the measurements to speed up the improvements of eGovernment services

eGovMoNet is a European Thematic Network to stimulate development and take-up of good-practice for eGovernment measurement of user-satisfaction and impact.

eGovMoNet is establishing a sustainable community (across academia, industry, and public agencies) engaged in an active dialogue and innovation brokering, facilitated by periodic face-to-face interactions during open workshops or bench-learning sessions, and by steady remote collaboration. eGovMoNet is reviewing national eGovernment measurement frameworks to ensure that they provide a reliable measurement instrument, covering all critical areas, incl. impact and user satisfaction, and test the methods and tools, in particular automated large scale assessment tools.

An effort is made to streamline the efforts across Europe to achieve the highest possible degree of comparability among the national benchmarks. Good implementations will be shared and actively promoted through both the network’s internal and external dissemination channels, such as the EU’s ePractice portal.

All eGovMoNet activities are opened to all interested parties and the results will be developed under an open licence, ensuring the ease of further development and reuse. The network is demonstrating the benefits of sharing and provide effective collaboration routines to support a sustainable operation of the eGovMoNet community beyond the duration of the project. List of reports and articles on eGovMoNet project development:


Rural-eGov: Training SMEs of Rural Areas in Using e-Government Services

Duration: 24 months
Starting date: October 2006


Rural-eGov is a collaborative European project funded by the Leonardo da Vinci programme and focused on improving the uptake of e-Government services in rural areas across Europe.

The project will analyse the needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the rural areas of Wales, Greece, Germany, Poland and Slovenia who have different types and levels of e-Government services and deployment. It will look at the degree of awareness within rural SMEs of such services and review their status in the participating countries.

A vocational training curriculum will also be developed in order to help the target SMEs use and exploit e-Government services. The curriculum will adopt a blended learning approach, using a combination of ICT based learning, as well as more traditional forms of learning such as seminars etc. Innovative and relevant e-learning content will be developed that will support various training scenarios which will be tested with rural SMEs. In addition, a Web based observatory will be designed which will provide a collection and categorisation of e-Government services that can support rural SMEs. As part of the project deliverables, a set of policy recommendations will also be developed for EU agencies, National Governments and Rural administrations.


6th Framework EU Projects

eGOVRTD2020 - Roadmapping E-government RTD 2020

Duration: 15 months
Starting date: January 1, 2006


The eGovernment roadmap project aims at identifying and characterizing the key research challenges, required constituency, and the implementation model for a comprehensive European initiative on holistic and dynamic government 2020. The vision is to transform the European Government landscape into a coherent community anticipating customer needs and leveraging the potential of the diversity and innovativeness ofpublic agencies, and transforming the Union to the world leading knowledge society. The project will develop visionary scenarios for eGovernment research 2020 and a detailed roadmap for the transformation process. This will include measures for research, development, demonstration, implantation, dissemination, promotion, and assessment, trading and standardization.


ITAIDE - Information Technology for Adoption and Intelligent Design for E-Government

Duration: 54 months
Starting date: January 1, 2006


One of the great challenges for European governments is solving the paradox of increasing security in relation to international trade, while at the same time reducing the administrative overhead carried by commercial as well as public administration organisations involved in the business of trade. It is vital to obtain and use timely information of business transactions and relate it directly to the passage of goods, services and people. This information gathering is very costly for organisations, business and public administration. Finding the right balance between control and cost of information gathering is the key to increase competitiveness locally, nationally and internationally.

ITAIDE innovates the redesign of systems leading to a fundamental simplification of taxation and customs procedures, while providing greater control, security, transparency and accessibility to data for the needs of public administration, business and citizens. ITAIDE integrates and strengthens European research for innovative modern government by enhancing service offerings and disseminating good governance practice through increased security and controls, while commensurately employing intelligent ICT to reduce administrative load burden.

ITAIDE offers the standardisation of interfaces to taxation and customs systems across Member States as a tangible response to the Lisbon agenda, facilitating the free movement of goods within the internal market and reducing the impact of tax and customs compliance costs for business. Organisations interfacing with standard systems obtain internal efficiencies through the piggy-back principle, while well defined interfaces with public administration drive simplified and coherent back office development. This then supports interoperability with other business, contributing to a positive and beneficial network effect built around standard approaches sponsored by public administration.


mGBL - mobile Game Based Learning

Duration: 36 monshs
Starting date: October 2, 2005


The number of people using mobile devices is growing quickly. Mobile penetration rates reach nearly 100% in some target groups. Mobile technologies offer new opportunities to support information processes in general and specifically learning processes. Currently, the efforts to apply mobile technology to learning are increasing. There are technology as well as pedagogically driven approaches. The mobility of learners, the accessibility via mobile devices, the independence of time and place, broadband access via mobile devices and new approaches for accounting like data flat rates etc. are driving forces for mlearning.

But there is a lack in services where users see real added value and which are reflecting the needs of users. There are some examples of successful mobile learning applications but there is no sufficient research on interactive game based learning using mobile devices, specifically mobile phones.

The project mGBL addresses this shortfall. It intends to develop innovative mobile game based learning services which base on the combination and application of existing technologies but also reflects the further technological development in the mobile sector. The mobile game based learning approach of the project addresses mainly the user group of young people who in general have high relation to mobile technologies. But the developed learning models and also the services shall be adoptable also for other target groups. The project is based on theoretical approaches and practical experiences in collaborative elearning and game based learning.

The research and development processes are organised iteratively with the involvement of potential users from the very begin of the project. Therefore user partners from 4 different European countries are involved in the consortium who will be involved in the research and development processes. The content of the services developed in the project will reflect the metalevel of educational advice services.


SEAMLESS - Small Enterprises Accessing the Electronic Market of the Enlarged Europe by a Smart Service Infrastructure

Duration: 30 months
Starting date: January 1, 2006


The SEAMLESS project studies, develops and experiments an embryo of the Single European Electronic Market (SEEM) network where a number of eRegistries/Repositories (RRs) are started up in different countries and sectors. Distinctive features are:
- Addressing Craft & Trade (C&T) companies through the respective mediators (chambers of commerce, entrepreneurial associations, local development agencies, ASPs).
- Focusing on two sectors, Textile (TEX) and Building & Construction (B&C) that are relevant to C&T companies and present overlapping areas (e.g. fabrics for tapestry).

- Starting up experimental RRs in both EU-15 and new member states (NMAS) and establishing interactions between them based on a proper collaboration framework.

In adopting eBusiness solutions, the target companies present figures lower than those of larger enterprises and increasing at a slower pace. The situation in NMAS, where the percentage of C&T is even larger than in EU-15, is generally worse, with significant differences between countries. The SEEM vision is towards a web-based marketplace where companies can dynamically collaborate without cultural and technological constraints. The SEEM allows an objective comparison of profiles and offers of company of any size and location, and this could open the eBusiness space to the many small companies providing high quality products and services at lower cost that now risk to be left aside from the electronic market. The main project activities are devoted to define a collaboration framework and proper business models, realise evolving sectoral ontologies, develop a technological infrastructure and a number of applications and services on top of it. Five eRegistries are experimented, in Poland and Slovenia (B&C sector) and in Spain, Slovakia and Romania (TEX sector).The Consortium includes 15 members, as RTD performers, software developers and mediators. The resources, in terms of effort and costs, are well-balanced between EU-15 and NMAS partners.



Duration: 36 months
Starting date: October 1, 2003


VE-Forum is a community driven initiative funded by the European Commission. The Founding Members bring together the mix of research, practitioner & technical expertise necessary to support this community.

The Vision
VE-Forum.org will provide a community platform for everyone active in the arena of networked organisations.

Press Release 1
Press Release 2

Contact: Uros Hribar, M.Sc.



ALADIN - ALpe ADria university INitiative

Universities, desiring to strengthen the friendship and cooperation between them, recognising the importance of developments in electronic commerce, and the information economy have reached following understandings:
The Universities will create an international network, at regional level, sharing a common ideas and knowledge in teaching and research activities in the field of e-commerce.
The intention of the cooperation is to create mobility of students and professors, imposing common lectures, creating virtual teams of students from different Universities and professors lecturing at different Universities, in order to harmonize with global and international activities of e-commerce.

Participating universities:

bullet University of Corvinus Budapest, Hungary
bullet University of Graz, evolaris Researc Lab, Austria
bullet Technical University of Košice, Faculty of Economics, Slovakia
bullet University of Maribor, Faculty of Organizational Sciences, eCenter, Slovenia
bullet University BW München, International Academic Research and Education Institute – CeTIM, Germany
bullet Novi Sad Business School, Serbia & Montenegro
bullet University of Economics, Prague, Czech
bullet University of Rijeka, Faculty of Maritime Studies, Croatia
bullet University of Trieste, Italy
bullet University College Dublin, Department of Management Information Systems,
bullet Centre for Information, Technology & Organisation (CITO), Ireland
bullet University of Klagenfurt, Austria
bullet University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The platform used to develop a common curricula - Oracle iLearning.



Past projects:

Train the trainer: educating independent e-business instructors for SMEs
Grant Programme 2005 – Action n° 20

The project objectives were to:

• Intensifying recognition of e-invoicing practice in Slovenia
• Activating SME support network for implementing use of e-invoicing practice
• Ensuring cooperation of faculties and other expert institutions with implementing e-invoicing practice to SME's
• Sophisticated training for independent e-business advisors through SME support networks. To improve the access of SMEs to e-business related knowledge, practical skills and technology.
• Ensuring use of new solutions from field of e-business in area of Slovenia – specifically e-invoicing
• Support SME support networks to improve the quality of knowledge transfer to SMEs on e-business matters
• Improve the knowledge base and the quality of advice of the e-business instructors operating at grass root level
• Promote cooperation between regional/sectoral SME support networks and world class e-business training programmes, with a view to achieve more efficient training, with a more tangible impact for the final target audience, i.e. SMEs.
Project flyer I, Project Flyer II

Activity report

Educational material



ENLARGE develops and delivers customized executive development training programs. Additionally, the project generates further awareness among SME executives in Eastern Europe by applying a hands-on, participative eStrategy methodology. The preparation of Eastern European Case Studies will serve the needs of the regions in understanding the opportunities and challenges of eBusiness in their own environments.

mag. Uroš Hribar


IST Mentor

IST Mentor and IST Mentor+ enables a wider participation in the IST Program of the Candidate Countries and New Member States, by developing a networked group of proficient IST multipliers, whose task will be to enhance building awareness of the IST Program and to assist potential proposers in submitting high quality proposals.

Contact: mag. Uroš Hribar



The objective of this project by eMarket Services is to develop and maintain a European online portal, serving as a knowledge exchange on business-to-business electronic marketplaces. The portal will contain neutral and reliable information, which will guide SMEs in selecting the most appropriate and trustworthy e-marketplaces and business partners. This will contribute to making e-commerce an even more important tool for European SMEs. The portal will provide interactive services and structure information surrounding electronic marketplaces, business partners and e-commerce in general. eMarket Services receives co-funding by the European Commission/DG Enterprise beginning January 2004.

At the end of 2005, the EU project has finished. The active partners from Norway, Sweden, Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal and Australia will co-fund and continue the project in next years.

The eCenter remains the National Contact Point for Slovenia.

Contact: Dr. Andreja Pucihar

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