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e-Romania – A Citizens’ Gateway towards Public Information

Doina BANCIU
National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics – ICI, Bucharest
8-10 Averescu Avenue, Bucharest 1, România

Abstract: The paper presents the concepts and implementation for the portal e-Romania. The “e-Romania” concept, launched in June 16, 2009 by the Romanian Ministry of Communications and Information Society is the mandatory and necessary starting point for the development of e-Romania Portal. For testing purposes the configuration of e-Romania portal was based on a Content Management System (CMS).

Keywords: Management of digital content, culture of knowledge, national retrospective bibliography, biblioteconomy, multimedia, database.

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Doina BANCIU, e-Romania – A Citizens’ Gateway towards Public Information, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 18 (3), pp. 205-210, 2009.

1. Introduction

“An information society for all” has represented a European motto since as early as 2002, when the action plans “eEurope”, “eEurope+” (the latter was dedicated to EU adhesion candidate countries at that time) and “e-Europe 2005” were launched. In the same period, the Lisbon strategy, re-launched in 2005 within the European Council, was aimed to make the EU a strong and competitive knowledge-based economy by 2010.

The 2010 strategy had three main priorities:

  • Creation of a single European information space meant to promote an open and competitive digital economy that may capitalize on the European market and services related to the information society;
  • Support for innovation and investment in IT&C research in order to promote the economic development;
  • Creation of a comprehensive information society which will ensure the economic and work force development that will further lead to better quality public services and better quality of life;

Of course, nowadays’ reality does not fully meet public expectations; however, the digital information has undoubtedly gained an unprecedented leading role in the development of all domains of activity as well as of each individual.

As early as the end of the past millennium, when the EU concept “e-Government” or new technology-based government was launched, central and local public administrations from various countries started to create suitable information tools for the citizens to find what they were looking for. These tools have been developed on products and services specific to digital information.

Starting with the widely known “info-kiosks” which offer information services and even ticket-issuing in various public places and ending with interactive portals, the relationship between citizen and administration is frequently based on digital services. As was the case with the digital cultural information, the wide spreading of information has triggered some undesirable side effects, out of which the most important is probably the citizen’s feeling of “getting lost” in the tremendously large volume of digital information often accompanied by “the information noise”.

Hence, various initiatives were taken in many countries of the world with a view to creating single access points to digital information at national level (e-Austria [2] initiative or e-Mexico Portal [3], etc.).

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