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his report summarises the e-government context in Bremerhaven, based on interviews with staff from the city, and identifies factors that they feel shape their local e-government context and their ...

his report summarises the e-government context in Bremerhaven, based on interviews with staff from the city, and identifies factors that they feel shape their local e-government context and their involvement in the Smart Cities project. The local e-government environment varies tremendously across the North Sea Region of the EU, with municipal strategies being shaped by very different national, regional and local policy contexts and political and technological agendas. This is the first of a series of six reports summarising the local e-government environment in six municipalities from six different countries who are participating in the Smart Cities Interreg IVb project.

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  • Understanding e-governmentin BremerhavenSummary & ContextThe local e-government environment varies tremendously across theNorth Sea Region of the EU, with municipal strategies being shaped byvery different national, regional and local policy contexts and political Project Context Mapand technological agendas. This series of reports summarises the local No.1e-government environment in six municipalities from six different countrieswho are participating in the Smart Cities Interreg IVb project. The reportsallow project partners to review their local e-government context, and helpsus identify to common factors across project partners, along with areas ofdifference between partners. This report summarises the e-governmentcontext in Bremerhaven, based on interviews with staff from the city, andidentifies factors that they feel shape their local e-government context andtheir involvement in the Smart Cities project.As well as a narrative description of the context, this report contains twodiagrams and a supporting table: • The main policy drivers for Bremerhaven • Those projects most relevant to Smart Cities in Bremerhaven • Details of the entities mentioned including links to source material, in English where available.The information in this document is derived from publically availabledescriptions supplemented by desk-based research and information from Key Facts:Bremerhaven. BremerhavenThe Smart Cities Project City within federal state (Land)Figure 1 illustrates the organisations that Bremerhaven has identified of Bremen in Germanyas being significant to the City’s involvement in the Smart Cities project, (a federal republic).showing the strategies and drivers. Populations:The main top level driver for Bremerhaven’s participation in the project City – 115 000(along with all project partners) is the INTERREG IVB North Sea State – 664 000Programme, funded by the European Union (EU). Germany – 81 758 000The INTERREG initiative is designed to strengthen economic and socialcohesion throughout the European Union, by fostering the balanceddevelopment of the continent through cross-border, transnational andinterregional cooperation. A principal aim of the Programme is to expand thescope of territorial cooperation and focus on high quality projects in innovation,the environment, accessibility, and sustainable and competitive communities.The 2007-2013 Programme connects regions from seven countries aroundthe North Sea, incorporating policy level planning and the long lasting andtangible effects of projects. The North Sea Region Programme 2007-2013works with cutting edge policy areas in regional development throughtransnational projects.Smart Cities is one of the projects funded through the programme. Thegeneral aim of the Smart Cities project is to create an innovation networkbetween governments and academic partners leading to excellence in thedomain of the development and take-up of e-services. Bremerhaven’sinvolvement in the project’s work is divided between 2 work packages:customer services (WP3) and wireless services (WP4). Bremerhaven isnot taking part in the WP5 workpackage, customer profiling.
  • Regional Development Europe INTERREG IVB European Union TESTA Completed 2008 Fed. Ministry of the Interior Data Protection Deutschland Germany Prevention of crime Online Governance Fed. Commissioner Reduction for IT in bureacracy Governance Effectiveness Digitisation Land Bremen Free Hanseatic eGovernment City of Bremen Strategy OSCI Control Centre Finance ICT Management ADV KoopA Bürgerservice BoS: Bremen online Wireless City Virtual City Bremerhaven Effectiveness UAS Digitisation Bremerhaven City of Bremerhaven eTropolis BIS Smart Cities b.i.t Fig 1:Main drivers underpinning Bremerhaven’s involvement NB All items are linked to or supporting Smart Cities
  • National / Federal level - GermanyThe Federal Ministry of the Interior is responsible for two of the pillars on whichthe information society rests: the comprehensive use of information technology tomodernize the public administration, and the security of information technology.An investment in IT use in public agencies is an investment in modernisingthe state. Federal programmes to modernise the public administration and toreduce bureaucracy rely on the use of modern information technology. Securecommunication is a major driver, with the eGovernment Strategy being influencedby the results of the TESTA project which completed in 2008.The Commissioner for IT is responsible for national e-government strategy willcreate a common umbrella of a federal e-government in Germany. The cooperationof federal, state and local levels plays an equally important role, concerning theissues of trust, security on the Internet, effectiveness and efficiency, privacy,transparency, and e-participation.State (Bundesland) of BremenThe State of Bremen consists of the two cities: the Free Hanseatic City ofBremen and the City of Bremerhaven, with about 70 km distance between them.The State of Bremen is surrounded by the state of Lower Saxony. This “2-cities in1 state structure” is unique in Germany. The Senat is the government of Bremen;the Mayor is president of the Senat and has the function of a prime minister.The Centralised IT management and e-government unit located withinthe departments of the Senator of Finance is central to E-government and isresponsible for policy issues, strategic issues and for overall coordination with theUnit, “New Media” at the Senator for Finance.The Cooperation Committee ADV (ADV KoopA), a Federal project of all GermanStates, is a body that is jointly agreed on common principles in the use ofinformation and communication technology (ICT) and major ICT projects in publicadministration.Bremen online Services (BOS KG), is a public company owned by the Stateof Bremen, providing software for legally binding and secure transfer over theinternet of data relating to public administration, justice and economy.City of BremerhavenBremerhaven’s Smart Cities involvement resulted from the INTERREG IIIBeTropolis project, a concept study to explore the virtual community as a reflectionof the real city with the assumption that on the basis of a shared service andcommunication environment, citizens, businesses and organizations should beable to exchange information, ideas and resources and develop joint projects.Figure 2 illustrates that within the City Council (Magistrat), MagistratskanzleiDpt. 6 is responsible for policy issues, strategic issues and for overall coordinationwith the ICT Unit. The city-owned company b.i.t. is the Department MK5 at theMagistrat Bremerhaven and works closely together with BOS KG.The Bürgerservice (Citizens Services) is a list of online services offered by theCity AdministrationThe administration of Bremerhaven relies on b.i.t to support the core businessis the operation of economic enterprises of the municipal network, and the careof about 1500 users. The b.i.t. also brings technologies and services to thefree market where its main activities are e-government solutions for the digitalsignature card.
  • BIS (the Bremerhaven Economic Development Company) is the key contact for all companies in the city, for investors and for start-ups. BIS is supported by both the city of Bremerhaven and the State of Bremen. There are 3 divisions within BIS: • business development • infrastructural development • tourist development/marketing Commissioner of IT Reduction in Bremen State Bureaucracy BoS eGovernment Strategy OSCI Control Centre Programmes & Bremerhaven UAS Projects Strategy Online Services Unit eTropolis Bremerhaven iArchitecture Magistrat- Sustainability Smart Cities WP3 Kanzlei Target Groups Social City b.i.t Competitiveness City of Science Wireless City Department of Economic Dev. BIS Smart Cities WP4 Fig 2:Projects in Bremerhaven linked to Smart Cities
  • Source informationThe table below gives descriptions of projects and bodies related to Bremerhaven’sinvolvement in Smart Cities, together with links for further information (some maybe in German). Name: Smart Cities Table 1 Details of significant entities www.smartcities.info The project aims to understand which e-services services work best and why; it will facilitate transfer of e-Government successes across national borders; it will identify and support the real transformational impacts of such transfer of good practices on local government; it will equip decision makers with the knowledge and ambition to achieve further innovation in the delivery of e-enabled public services; and will engage national authorities in this ambition. At the European level, the project will support the creation and growth of communities of practice across the NSR building organisational commitment to and capacity for inter- regional government service sharing. Smart Cities will raise the bar in many aspects. Name: INTERREG IVB North Sea www.northsearegion.eu/ivb/home The Interreg initiative is designed to strengthen economic and social cohesion throughout the European Union, by fostering the balanced development of the continent through cross-border, transnational and interregional cooperation. The North Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 works with cutting edge policy areas in regional development through transnational projects. A principal aim of the Programme is to expand the scope of territorial cooperation and focus on high quality projects in innovation, the environment, accessibility, and sustainable and competitive communities. The 2007-2013 Programme connects regions from seven countries around the North Sea, incorporating policy level planning and the long lasting and tangible effects of projects. Name: (S)TESTA www.ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/2097 The need for tight security may sometimes appear to clash with the need to exchange information effectively. STESTA constitutes the European Community’s own private network, isolated from the Internet and allows officials from different Ministries to communicate at a trans-European level (up to EU restricted) in a safe and prompt way. Name: The Federal Ministry of the Interior of Germany www.en.bmi.bund.de The Federal Ministry of the Interior is responsible for two of the pillars on which the information society rests: the comprehensive use of information technology to modernize the public administration, and the security of information technology. An investment in IT use in public agencies is an investment in modernising the state. Federal programmes to modernise the public administration and to reduce bureaucracy rely on the use of modern information technology.
  • Name: Federal Government Commissioner for Information Technologywww.en.bmi.bund.deThe Federal Ministry of the Interior is responsible for two of the pillars on which theinformation society rests: the comprehensive use of information technology tomodernize the public administration, and the security of information technology.An investment in IT use in public agencies is an investment in modernisingthe state. Federal programmes to modernise the public administration and toreduce bureaucracy rely on the use of modern information technology. Name: Deutschland Onlinewww.deutschland-online.de/DOL_Internet/brokerGermany’s national eGovernment strategy pursued by the federal government,federal-state governments and municipal administrations. Name: Free Hanseatic City of Bremenwww.bremen.deFederal State (Bundesland) of Bremen, consisting of the two cities Bremen andBremerhaven with about 70 km distance between them. The State of Bremen issurrounded by the (much bigger) state of Lower Saxony. This “2-cities-building1 state- construction” is unique in Germany. Name: Senate of Bremenwww.rathaus.bremen.de/sixcms/detail.php?gsid=bremen54.c.2331.deThe Senat - is the cabinet, the government of Bremen. In the State of Bremen,the president of the Senat has the function of a prime minister, mayor beeingthe offical title. Name: Senator of Financewww.finanzen.bremen.de/sixcms/detail.php?gsid=bremen02.c.742.deUnit “Centralised IT management and e-government” located within thedepartments of the Senator of Finance is central to E-government: Responsiblefor policy issues, strategic issues and for overall coordination with the Unit,“New Media” at the Senator for Finance. Name: ADV KoopAwww.koopa.deA federal project of German Länder, The Cooperation Committee ADV is a bodythat is mutually agreed on common principles in the use of information andcommunication technology (ICT) and major ICT projects in public administration. Name: Bremen Online Services GmbH & Co. KG (BOS KG)www.bos-bremen.dePublic company producing software for legally binding and secure data transfervia internet concerning public administration, justice and economy.
  • Name: OSCI control centrewww1.osci.de/sixcms/detail.php?id=1181The OSCI control centre is an organisational unit within the administration ofthe State of Bremen, who perform on behalf of KoopA-ADV and Germany aspart of a series of online tasks in the context of cross-OSCI.OSCI was developed in Bremen as part of the Federal Government’s MEDIA@Komm promotional initiative. The specification is maintained and developed bythe OSCI control centre based at the Senator of Finance in Bremen.OSCI is a security protocol characterised by its facility to introduce varioussecurity levels and different communication roles, e.g. back-end (appropriatepublic authority), client (customer) and intermediary (intermediate agencywith protocol and test functions). The “double envelope principle” prevents theintermediary from accessing content data, creating a scenario where this rolecan (but need not!) be transferred to external service providers. Name: MEDIA@Kommwww.mediakomm.difu.deNational project offering multimedia in cities and towns: communication andinformation, development and testing of pilots and models. Free Hanseatic Cityof Bremen won the inter city competition with a concept for customer focusthrough the integration of electronic services for citizens and businesses froma single source, based on OSCI. Name: Govellowww.govello.dewww.bos-bremen.de/de/produkte/governikus/229415Govello is a client application based on the Governikus application, and is offeredby BOS. It offers authorities and customers the possibility to communicate witheach other in a legally binding way in conformance with German signature law. Name: City of Bremerhaven /Magistratskanzlei, Dpt. 6www.bremerhaven.dewww.bremerhaven.de/buergerservice/aemter-einrichtungen/stadtverwaltung/magistratskanzlei/informations-und-kommunikationstechniken.10180.htmlwww.bremerhaven.de/buergerserviceLocal Government Dept responsible for policy issues, strategic issues andfor overall coordination with the ICT Unit b.i.t. is the Department MK5 at theMagistrat Bremerhaven. The “Bürgerservice” (Citizens Services) is a list ofonline services offered by the City Administration. Name: MEDIA@Kommwww.mediakomm.difu.deNational project offering multimedia in cities and towns: communication andinformation, development and testing of pilots and models.Free Hanseatic City of Bremen won the inter city competition with a concept forcustomer focus through the integration of electronic services for citizens andbusinesses from a single source, based on OSCI.
  • Name: b.i.t. (Bremerhaven ICT Development Company) www.bit.bremerhaven.de The core business is the operation of economic enterprises of the “municipal network”, and the care of about 1500 users. The administration of Bremerhaven is relying on b.i.t. which is a public company. The b.i.t. also brings technologies and services to the free market. Main activities are e-government solutions for the digital signature card. Name: MEDIA@Komm www.mediakomm.difu.de National project offering multimedia in cities and towns: communication and information, development and testing of pilots and models. Free Hanseatic City of Bremen won the inter city competition with a concept for customer focus through the integration of electronic services for citizens and businesses from a single source, based on OSCI. Name: ETROPOLIS Bremerhaven - the digital city The virtual community as a reflection of the real city. Citizens, businesses and public institutions will become a self-contained, but together outwardly open digital communications platform. On the basis of a shared service and communication environment, citizens, businesses and organizations should be able to exchange information, ideas and resources and develop joint projects. www.smartcities.info www.epractice.eu/community/smartcitiesThe Smart Cities project is creating an innovation network between cities and academicpartners to develop and deliver better e-services to citizens and businesses in the NorthSea Region. Smart Cities is funded by the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme of theEuropean Union.Smart Cities is PARTLY funded by the Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme of theEuropean Union. The North Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 works with regionaldevelopment projects around the North Sea. Promoting transnational cooperation, theProgramme aims to make the region a better place to live, work and invest in. 9 781907 576119