News :: Finding success stories is our way to measure success - One of the conclusions of the ePractice Midterm Workshop
(27/05/2008) ePractice.eu organised its Midterm Workshop on 19 May 2008 in Brussels. The discussions focused around the three ePractice main policy areas, followed by parallel working sessions, presenting and discussing ePractice cases on these topics: one-stop-shops (eGovernment session), local authorities agenda (eInclusion session) and eHealth improving quality of health care systems (eHealth session). Started less than a year ago, ePractice today has become a world-wide reference for good practice exchange for ICT practitioners.
Started less than a year ago, ePractice.eu has become a world-wide reference for good practice exchange for ICT practitioners. The portal includes more than 860 good practice cases and has some 13,200 members from 46 countries. The new functionality of "ePractice Communities" is also kicking off; some 12 communities have been set up on various topics on the portal.
This interactive portal follows the path of other successful web 2.0 initiatives like Facebook, by offering a good practice exchange scheme with a number of additional services – such as communities, news, events, library, etc. – for the professional communities of eGovernment, eInclusion and eHealth practitioners.
ePractice.eu held its Midterm Workshop on 19 May 2008 in Brussels. The one-day workshop was opened by Gérard Comyn, Acting Director of the ICT for Societal Challenges Directorate in DG INFSO. It was held in the presence of high-level officials responsible for the three European policies and relevant experts from the private and public sectors, with whom the audience – nearly 100 participants from 18 different countries – had the opportunity to exchange their views.
The thematic discussions were started by keynote speeches on each of the three main ePractice policy areas. The morning sessions gave an insight into the evolution of the portal and its growing membership. These were followed in the afternoon by parallel working sessions, at which case study owners presented and discussed ePractice cases on these topics: one-stop-shops (eGovernment session), local authorities agenda (eInclusion session) and eHealth improving quality of health care systems (eHealth session).
The usefulness of ePractice for each of the topics and for the users of the portal was emphasised throughout the whole event. The exponential growth of ePractice over the past months demonstrates the popularity of the portal. The membership figures that were presented show that the current knowledge base and number of users is impressive, valuable and encouraging. However, this is just the starting point. Discussions during the workshop highlighted some of the next steps, improvements and issues to be tackled by the portal managers.
"Finding success stories is a way of measuring success" was one of the workshop’s conclusions. Measuring the extent to which real good practice transfers between ePractice users take place is one of the most important challenges to be faced in the following months.
The final ePractice Conference will take place a year hence in spring 2009. Exactly how many success stories it holds at that point and how many communities and members it continues to encourage to join are challenges for progress over the portal’s next year.
See also: ePractice.eu