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Antigua and Barbuda
The Use of Open Source to mitigate the costs of implementing E-Government in the Caribbean
ICT Focus Areas:
Free and Open Source Technologies
Related Member States:
Saint Kitts & Nevis
Byron, A. (2007). The Use of Open Source to mitigate the costs of implementing E-Government in the Caribbean. In T. Bastiaens & S. Carliner (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2007 (pp. 2373-2380). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
The concept of E-Government is to provide an alternative means of accessing public services. It allows citizens to have easier access to governmental departments. It is through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) that these services are delivered. In the Caribbean specifically, E-Government, and its use of ICT's, is seen as a "potentially powerful tool to strengthen public reform efforts, to promote transparency and accountability, to enhance policy making and public service delivery, and stimulate more direct participation in the governing process" (Report of the Fifth Caribbean Ministerial Consultation, 2004. This paper investigates providing an alternative software solution that can aid the islands of the Caribbean to successfully implement their ICT E-Government strategies through the use of Open Source Software and be more cost-effective
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