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Municipal e-points, FOSS in local government by Tose Misevski, Project Manager, UNDP

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Presentation by: Tose Misevski, Project Manager, UNDP at the third International
Conference e-Society.Mk: Municipal e-points, November 29, 2007, Skopje Macedonia

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  • 1. Municipal e-points, FOSS in local government Presenter: Tose Misevski, Project Manager, UNDP November, 2007
  • 2. e-Governance
    • Exploiting the power of ICT to help transform the accessibility, quality and cost-effectiveness of public service and helping to enhance the relationship between public bodies and citizens
    • Effective usage of ICT provides possibility to overcome problems of different social groups and citizens especially of remote areas
  • 3. e-points
    • Addresses quality of the e-services, participation of the citizens, provision of continuous training for the citizens and support for the local community
    • Covers the distant locations and assist the development of the rural areas
    • Supports e-inclusion and increase access to Internet and public information
    • Increases efficiency and transparency in administration, benefiting both the business sector and the citizens
    • Supports democratic processes through the tools of e-democracy
  • 4. FOSS project
    • "Support to e-Governance initiatives based on Free/Open Source Software at the local level in Macedonia" as part of the
    • UNDP Global Programme : "Capacity Development Through Knowledge Sharing and Networking: Free/Open Software for Developing Countries"
  • 5. Project objective
    • To promote and facilitate the implementation of FOSS as a cost-effective e-governance solutions at local level
    • The project was build upon the existing ICTC and human capacities in Macedonian municipalities
    • FOSS attitude of municipal authorities was considered of crucial importance for successful project implementation
    • Project was realized in close collaboration with ZELS and FOSS community
  • 6. Main project phases
    • Assessment of the municipal potentials , needs and priorities for development of new applications
    • Capacity building , training and competency development for the municipal employees and local supporting entities within the new environment
    • FOSS based e-governance solutions development and implementation in pilot municipalities
    • Awareness and knowledge about FOSS benefits to be increased
  • 7. Assessment
    • Assessment of the potentials of the ICT infrastructure and human capacity in municipalities
    • Pre-selection of 10 municipalities
    • Selection of 3 pilot municipalities
    • Needs assessment
    • – technical requirements (selection of FOSS tools for implementation, adaptation to local context, upgrade of existing infrastructure)
    • – application requirements (selection of priority applications, their functional analysis and implementation standards)
  • 8. Capacity building
    • Training needs analyses
    • Redesigning and developing new training curriculums - “Practical Guide on FOSS " prepared in collaboration with Free Software Macedonia
    • Training of the municipal ICTC Support Staff and local ICTC Foundations (16 in total)
    • Training of municipal administration (120 in total)
  • 9. Application development
    • Integrated WEB database solution that incorporates:
    • Reengineering of municipal official WEB site
    • e- Municipal Council application
    • e- Workflow and Document Management system
    • e- Inter municipal cooperation portal
    • Solutions implemented in 3 pilot and 4 additional municipalities
  • 10. Design
  • 11. Development technology
    • Based on:
    • - Joomla CMS, PHP, My SQL and XML
    • The system works on:
    • - Linux and Windows platforms
    • - Can be used with most major browsers including Internet Explorer, Netscape and Mozilla
  • 12. Training and deployment
    • For administrators of the system
    • For municipality employees
    • The application is hosted centrally
    • Deployment model allows easy continual updates
  • 13. Awareness raising
    • Regional Workshops on FOSS were organized in 5 municipalities in collaboration with Free Software Macedonia and local ICTC Foundations (February 2007 with more then 160 participants)
    • National Conference on FOSS was organized in collaboration with ZELS and participation of KIT, MASIT, SEAVUS, Metamorphosis, Free Software Macedonia, MESA, ISOC Bulgaria, Red Hat and Novell ( May 2007 with more then 120 participants)
  • 14. Migration to FOSS in pilot municipalities
    • Installed Linux OS stand alone on all computers without SW license and “dual boot” on the others
    • Installed Open Office and Mozilla Firefox as standard applications
  • 15. Project evaluation and recommendations
    • Increase municipal awareness and capacity about FOSS
    • Aid development of FOSS policies and strategies
    • Continue development of FOSS local e-government solutions into coherent system
    • Continue building partnerships and address donor community
    • Continue increasing public awareness about FOSS
  • 16. Useful links
    • Many useful information including presentations of FOSS workshops and National conference could be found at : http:// www.foss.undp.org
    • DEMO municipal web portal at: http:// www.ls.net.mk
  • 17.
    • Thank you for your attention!