The Cabinet Office sits at the heart of the government with an aim to ensure
that the government delivers its priorities. Its main function is to achieve
policy agreement across central Government departments and is also
responsible for the Office of the e-Envoy.
of Trade and Industry (DTI)
The Department of Trade and Industry aims to "increase competitiveness
and scientific excellence in order to generate higher levels of sustainable
growth and productivity in a modern economy." Its Information
Age section details many of the technology-related initiatives that the DTI
and other parts of Government currently pursue - often with help from other
Digital Television project
This website is dedicated to the opportunities created by digital television
and was set up jointly by the Department of Trade and Industry and the
Department of Culture, Media and Sport. It intends to bring clear, up to date
information on Digital TV including what it is and how to connect.
This service was set up in March 2004 with the aim of eventually replacing UK
Online as a one-stop-shop for government information and online services. It
organises content around citizen groups, such as motorists, disabled people,
parents or jobseekers.
The Government Gateway is the centralised registration service for
e-Government services in the UK. Registering with the Government Gateway
enables you to sign up for any of the UK Government's services that are
available over the Internet. Registered users can download, fill in and send
government forms, such as tax returns.
The Cabinet Office has set up this site to help public authorities and
industry adapt to, take advantage of and develop policies and standards for
new technology and e-government. It is divided into two sections: the
e-Government Interoperability programme, which concerns e-GIF and e-GMF, and
e-Gov Communities, which allows for Communities of Interest to be
and Development Agency (IDeA)
Established by and for local government, the IDeA draws expertise from local
authorities, the business world, professional service firms, not for profit
organisations and other parts of the public sector. It runs an e-Champions'
network for local authorities and also supports councils with e-Government through
the Implementation and Strategic Support Units.
This site provides an online, one-stop gateway for local authorities to get
easy access to local government-related information that is published on the
web sites of central government departments and agencies. It is run by five
departments; Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Department for Education
and Employment, Department of Health, Home Office and Department of Social
Information Commissioner's Office
The Information Commissioner's Office enforces the Data Protection Act 1998
and will also be responsible for the Freedom of Information Act 2000 when it
comes into force on 1 January 2005. The Commissioner is an independent
supervisory authority whose range of duties includes the promotion of good
information handling and the encouragement of codes of practice for data
government online pathfinders
This site contains information about the 25 Pathfinder Projects, which ran
from June 2001 to June 2002 and were funded by the Office of the Deputy Prime
Minister. The projects addressed various aspects of how to deliver improved
services by electronic means and involved over one hundred councils, working
with many private and public companies.
This site, set up by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minster, provides most of
the information relevant to e-Government in local authorities, including the national strategy, details of Implementing Electronic Government statements and
funding, and the national projects. It also provides detailed, web-based
resource packs, which set out proposals, plans and information at a variety
of levels appropriate to practitioners in local and central government.
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister was created on the 29th May 2002
taking responsibility for policy areas from both the old Department for
Transport, Local Government and the Regions and Cabinet Office. The new
Office brings together regional and local government (including the regional
Government Offices), housing, planning and regeneration along with the social
exclusion unit and neighbourhood renewal. This part of the website contains
is documentation on local e-Government.
of the e-Envoy
The Office of the e-Envoy was set up in September 1999 as part of the Cabinet
Office and is headed by Andrew Pinder, who was appointed e-Envoy in January
2001. The Office aims to implement Government policy by making the UK the
best environment in the world for e-commerce by 2002, ensuring that everyone
who wants it has access to the Internet by 2005 and making all Government
services available electronically by 2005.
Government Commerce (OGC)
The OGC is an independent office of HM Treasury that is responsible for
improving the efficiency and effectiveness of central civil Government
procurement and helping departments set up project and programme management
centres of excellence.
The OGC has developed the 'Gateway'
process to determine whether projects and programmes can continue at
critical stages in their lifecycle
It is also responsible for the Successful Delivery
Toolkit, which provides a single point of reference for policy and good
practice related to public sector procurement, programmes, projects, risk and
Electronic Government (PEG)
Promoting Electronic Government was a two-year project funded by HM
Treasury's Invest to Save Budget. It aimed to develop the application of ICT
within local authorities to support best value and continuous service
improvement, citizen-focused services and sustainable community development.
of Information Technology Management (SOCITM)
The Society of Information Technology Management was founded in 1985 as the
professional association for ICT managers working in and for the public
sector. It has over 1000 members from 450 different organisations including
90% of all UK local authorities, police and fire services, housing
authorities and other locally delivered public services.
The Strategy Unit (SU) aims to improve Government's capacity to address
strategic, cross-cutting issues and promote innovation in the development of
policy and the delivery of the Government's objectives. It was set up in
2002, bringing together the Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU), the Prime
Minister's Forward Strategy Unit (FSU), and parts of the Centre for
Management and Policy Studies (CMPS).
UK Online is a partnership between Government industry, the voluntary sector,
trades unions and consumer groups, forged to enable everyone in the UK to
make the most of the Internet. This portal was established to provide
citizens with easy access to government information and services, with
content structured around 'life episodes'.
CW360.com is an online magazine designed to help IT professionals and re-sellers
meet the challenges of the New Economy. It offers a mixture of business and
technical journalism, alongside independent analysis and thinking on
technology, strategy and careers.
eGovmonitor produces a weekly email providing insight and in-depth analysis
into recent developments in e-Government. It also manages the 'scroller' of
news that appears at the top of IPF's e-Government signposts page (see www.ipf.co.uk/egovernment).
This company produces four email relevant newsletters and publications:
e-Government Bulletin, a fortnightly e-newsletter that
covers electronic government and the information society
a monthly e-mail newsletter on information technology issues for people with
visual impairments and other disabilities
Bulletin, which looks at the use of the Internet and other new
technologies in the health sector
Bulletin, which debates how new technologies are altering the
relationship between citizens and the political system
KableNET.com is an e-government news service intended for the professionals
delivering information age government as well as public interest advocates.
It is the media arm of Kable, an independent authority on e-government and
public service IT and telecoms markets.
LGCnet is an online local government news service. Its website now has a
separate section devoted to recent developments in e-government.
Netimperative.com is a content, community and commerce site, providing
information and communication, product and professional services. The site is
split into news, investment, media and marketing and technology sections.
PublicNet provides an integrated e-mail and web site service for people
concerned with the governance and management of public services. It focuses
on the issues challenging all parts of the public sector and encourages the
sharing of good management practice.
This website provides news updates on the latest public sector IT and
e-Government developments. It also includes a recruitment section, detailing
the latest IT vacancies in both the public and private sector.
This site has a functioning news service providing updates on e-Government
and IT developments within UK local authorities.
European and International sites
E-Europe is a political initiative to ensure the European Union fully
benefits from new technology and its website is managed by the European
Commission's directorate general for Information Society. It aims to bring
every European citizen online and ensure that the whole process is socially
inclusive, builds consumer trust and strengthens social cohesion.
This portal has been developed by a research team of the University of Naples
Federico II. Its main aim is to provide an introductory overview of the fast
growing domain of e-government websites. The reader will find access to 1,000
selected sites with a brief description & the link for direct access.
e-Government for Development
This site looks at e-government success and failure in
developing/transitional economies. It presents a series of questions that
e-government practitioners might ask about the topic and provides answers to
those questions. The answers have been developed through a mix of research at
IDPM, research in local partner institutions, and discussions on the egov4dev
Information Society portal
This portal was set up in March 2004 to provide easier access to the European
Union resources related to the Information Society, irrespective of the
internal Commission department ("Directorate General") responsible
for them. It contains information about the impact of the information society
on the world of work, industry, policy, education, training, culture and
quality of life.
The Development Gateway is an interactive portal for information and
knowledge sharing on sustainable development and poverty reduction. This site
disseminates information on the use of ICT for improved governance. The page
assembles and provides links to case studies, articles, policy documents,
statistical reports, and reports on programs and research in e-Government.
The United Nations Online Network in Public Administration and Finance
aims to promote the sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices
throughout the world in sound public policies, effective public
administration and efficient civil services. It seeks to do this through
capacity-building and cooperation among Member States, with emphasis on
south-south cooperation and UNPAN's commitment to integrity and excellence.
Gartner is a research, consulting, management and news organisation based in
Stamford, Connecticut, but with 4,300 associates in more than 90 locations
worldwide. Its analyses of global IT and telecom markets are published in
books, CDs, Webcasts, newsletters, and audio products.
Internet Institute (OII)
The Oxford Internet Institute studies the societal implications of the
Internet, and seeks to shape research, policy and practice in the UK, Europe
and around the world. It is also the base of the world's first Professor of
e-Democracy, Stephen Coleman.
AbilityNet is a charity that advises people with physical impairments on how
their lives can be improved by the use of technology by. It also provides
assistive technology, free support, a programme of awareness education, and
consultancy for employers on system and workstation adaptations.
BT provides a range of ICT and advisory services to public sector
organisations, in addition to managing much of the UK's telecommunications
infrastructure. It is the major supplier for a number of e-Government
projects, not least the national programme for NHS IT, and an affiliate of
the CIPFA e-Government Forum.
e-Procurement Best Practice Network
The BuyIT Best Practice Network is an independent purchaser-supplier forum
with a mission to "help industry realise the business benefits from
Information Systems, by identifying and promoting best practice for
purchasers and suppliers". The website includes a network and guidance
on best practice for e-procurement.
Citizens Online is a registered charity concerned with issues of the digital
divide and the social and cultural impact of the Internet on society. It is
committed to universal Internet access, believing that the Internet and all
of its riches are essential for every citizen.
Communities Online is a not-for-profit registered company that seeks to
harness the potential of information and communications technology for the
benefit of all. It aims to encourage individuals who are interested in community
networks, regeneration, sustainability, and neighbourhood renewal to share
experience and practice and to join in their own local online community.
EURIM is an all-party, pan-industry lobby group that aims to raise awareness
of Information Society and e-Commerce policy issues amongst political,
organisational and national organisations. It is independent and neutral,
bringing together users, suppliers, parliamentarians, policy advisors and
Management Centre International Limited
MCIL provides conference management, training and consultancy, specialising
in information technology-related issues. It runs an annual international
e-Government conference, principally aimed at the academic/research sector.
of Public Information networks
SPIN is the Society of Public Information Networks, an association linking
public and private sector organisations involved in the electronic
dissemination of public information. From 1988-1992 it was known as LAVA
(Local Authority Videotex Association).