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Re: spelling of eGovernment -- Re: Group Note FPWD is done

From: Jose M. Alonso <josema@w3.org>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2009 18:16:55 +0100
Cc: "Dr D.C.Misra" <dc_misra@hotmail.com>, <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1975960F-6155-42A6-B724-101E5FEAD4AF@w3.org>
To: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
El 06/03/2009, a las 16:30, Robin Berjon escribió:
> On Mar 6, 2009, at 13:43 , Jose M. Alonso wrote:
>> I have noticed several big companies changing the name of their  
>> eGovernment units and using now "public sector".
>
> That's what I was going to say. Isn't the "e" part now so pervasive  
> in public sector work that it becomes sort of hard to split out?

I think it will happen sooner or later. I said recently that the "e"  
is already being removed from the equation [1]. Take the following as  
an example.

The Spanish National Gazzette (BOE) [2] is being published from 1  
January 2009 only in electronic/digital form, i.e. the paper version  
ceased to exist on the previous day. The Gazzette was published in  
both formats (paper and electronic) for a few years. Of course,  
electronic version already had a number of features not present in the  
paper-based ones, e.g. you could automatically search for a given  
piece of text. So although the text was the same in both versions,  
there were distinctions between the electronic and paper-based  
formats, they were not exactly the same.

What about now? There's no paper version. The only one that exists,  
the only authoritative source is now on the Web.

I think this is something we'll see more and more often in the coming  
years, services we consider eGovernment ones will became _the_  
government services.

Whether that will happen in 5, 10 or 15 years, I don't know, and it'll  
depend on the area of the World we would be talking about, but several  
governments have already reached a 100% sophistication level on all  
the basic services they provide. Watch out for the change.

-- Josema


ps: at an organization that uses ancient technologies such as IRC, we  
could stick to the eGovernment term for quite some time, no? ;))

[1] http://www.w3.org/2008/Talks/1128-Berlin-JA/Slides#(11)
[2] http://www.boe.es/diario_boe/


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