Feeds

OECD places UK third for European e-government

No stats available for government e-disasters

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Britain has some of the most sophisticated e-government services in Europe but lags behind other countries in take-up, according to the OECD.

The relevant section of Government at a Glance 2009, published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, shows the UK comes third behind Austria and Portugal in the sophistication of its e-services, and is in a similar position for their full online capability.

In both cases it scored 0.9 against a maximum of 1.0, based on the maturity of 12 citizen oriented and eight business oriented government services.

The national portal also scored highly at 0.9, second only to the Netherlands, although the report does not state if this combined the roles of Directgov and Businesslink.

When it comes to take-up, however, the UK comes in at 11th for the percentage of citizens using online services, with 32%, and 20th for business with 64%. The report relates the citizen figure to broadband penetration, in which the UK is behind other northern European countries in the number of subscriptions per 100 inhabitants. It says this is a common factor in determining the level of citizen take-up.

It adds that the business figure is higher throughout Europe because governments can require companies to use digital communications.

The report covers the performance of 23 European countries. It says that providing e-services often requires governments to standardise internal processes and data in order to integrate back office functions. But some face legal or regulatory constraints in data sharing which hinders efforts to develop services.

This article was originally published at Kable.

Kable's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.