ICT and Innovation in the Public Sector: European Studies in by Francesco Contini

By Francesco Contini

This booklet originates from a a number of yr learn venture on ICT and justice in a couple of ecu nations. one of the initiatives significant pursuits used to be the advance of latest methodologies for facilitating ICT-based innovation within the judiciary.

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Proceedings of the IRIS Conference. pdf. Visited 7 November 2007. Hanseth, O. and N. Lundberg (2001), ‘Designing Work Oriented Infrastructures’. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 10, 347–372. Leitner, C. ), eGovernment in Europe: the State of Affairs. Report presented at eGovernment 2003 conference. Como, Italy, 7–8 July. European Institute of Public Administration, Maastricht, NL. Wimmer, M. and R. Traunmuller (2002), ‘Towards an Integrated Platform for Online One-Stop Government’. ERCIM News, Special Theme: e-Government, Issue 48, January, 14–15.

18 The installed base always exhibits a dual character. It can be a resource for creative design and innovation or a trap from which it is difficult to escape. On the one hand the installed base constitutes a pool of available resources that can be turned into convertible and usable materials for the development of new configurations. In this sense it is a nurture ground for innovation and a platform for change. On the other hand it is a source of inertia, limiting the scope of innovation and hindering the development of new configurations.

Consider for example a university library system. At the national and international level, a library system increasingly depends for its basic services upon a web of connections and communications linking other libraries, staffing services, publishing companies, bookstores, dotcom sales companies, brokers, telecom companies, call centres, and so on. All such connections are regulated by shared standards and protocols. The management and delivery of library services are performed through software applications which are ‘plugged in’ to the larger infrastructural web.

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