W3C launched a new forum for governments, citizens, researchers, and other stakeholders to investigate how best to use Web technology for good governance and citizen participation.
"I encourage people from government agencies to join this W3C forum to make the Web better serve the people," says Tim Berners-Lee, W3C Director.
"Open Standards, and in particular Semantic Web Standards, can help lower the cost of government, make it easier for independent agencies to work together, and increase flexibility in the face of change. Publishing Linked Data on the Web enables creative re-use of it - citizen mashups, and commercial mashups, which combine the data from many sources to stunning new uses," Berners-Lee adds. "By joining this forum, you can learn good eGovernance and how to build an Open Standards platform on top of your existing tools and services."
eGovernment refers to the use of the Web or other information technologies by governing bodies to interact with citizens, between departments and divisions, and between governments themselves.
This forum is open to the public. W3C invites any person or organization interested in eGovernment to join the new eGovernment Interest Group . The group is the culmination of several years of work by W3C in this area, including two Workshops on eGovernment in 2007, one in Europe and one in North America.