Our primary benefit is to improve back-office processes in order to achieve:

  • Faster and better service handling by all stakeholders involved in the service life cycle (e.g. Public administration managers, software developers).
  • Better control and propagation of changes (e.g. control of changes in law and propagation of changes to the software that delivers the service online).
  • More and better information about each step of the service delivery process, for all stakeholders involved in the service life cycle.

The main tangible result of the project will be a software platform that extends existing e-government service provision mechanisms to incorporate, and to a certain degree be driven by semantics (i.e. knowledge, information) related to specific governmental domains.

The ontoGov software platform will allow for change propagation and traceability, contributing in this way to the bridging of decision-making with technical realisation (e.g. updating the services due to changes in legislation).

The summary of benefits expected from the OntoGov platform will be the following:

  1. Contribution to existing standardization efforts for web ontologies and web service languages [e.g. Semantic Web Services Initiative (SWSI) and W3C Web Ontology Language Group (OWL)], with specific focus on appropriate extensions of these languages in order to meet the e-Government requirements (e.g. how to model dependencies between different ontologies such as inclusion, mapping or integration)
  2. Easy-to-use – The language should provide a low learning barrier and have clear concepts and meaning. The concepts should be independent from syntax.
  3. Balance of expressivity and scalability – The language should be able to express a wide variety of knowledge, but should also provide for efficient means to reason with it. Since these two requirements are typically at odds, the goal of the language is to find a balance that supports the ability to express the most important kinds of knowledge
  4. Open Source Tools – our goal is to extend KAON framework in order to support dynamic aspects which are required for the Web Service Reconfiguration
  5. Improvement in e-government change propagation.
  6. Improvement in traceability of service components throughout the service backbone.
  7. Improvement in decision making capabilities and time to take effective action of PA employees involved in the delivery of the e-government services.

Last updated: February 2004

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