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Research Discussion
eGovernment in Norway

Oystein Saboe, associate professor, and Leif Skiftenes Flak, associate professor, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Organization of eGovernment practice and research in Norway
The talk will provide a general understanding of the Norwegian context in relation to general demographics and national eReadiness as measured by the United Nations. Further, a brief outline will be given on how eGovernment is rolled out in Norway at the central and local levels of government. Finally, the eGovernment research group at the University of Agder will be presented and positioned in the context of the Norwegian and European eGovernment research communities.

This talk will introduce European priorities regarding eDemocracy and eParticipation based on Saeboe’s experience from the EU’s ad-hoc committee on eDemocracy (CAHDE) and the EU-funded Network of Excellence, DemoNet. Further, Saeboe will outline Norwegian priorities and present some of our focus areas within the topic.

Benefits realization
Value – or benefits realization from eGovernment efforts – is currently a hot topic in Norway. Dertz has been one of the pioneers in terms of applying structured methods for benefits realization in Norwegian eGovernment efforts. In this talk he will share some of the experiences from this work, give a status of benefits realization in Norway, and provide suggestions for future work in the area.

Dr. Øystein Sæbø (Oystein Saboe)
Øystein Sæbø

Øystein did his PhD on eDemocracy at the University of Aalborg, Denmark. He continues to focus on issues related to eDemocracy and eParticipation and has published widely on these topics. Øystein's primary research interest relates to the use of technology to involve citizens in democratic processes. He has mainly studied local government initiatives and is currently involved in a project to establish a virtual city hall in a municipality with approximately 80,000 citizens. Øystein is associate professor at UoA and holds a post doc position at Aalborg University to work on the EU funded Network of Excellence: DemoNet. In Norway, Øystein is the coordinator for a national hub for eDemocracy funded by Research Council Norway (as part of Resource Network for eGovernment). At the European level, Øystein is member of the Council of Europe's ad-hoc committee on eDemocracy (CAHDE).

Dr. Leif Skiftenes Flak
Leif Skiftenes Flak

Leif did his PhD on contradictory stakeholder interests in eGovernment efforts at the University of Aalborg. Leif is now associate professor at UoA where he continues to do research on eGovernment, now primarily focusing on benefits realization and benefits management. Current key interests include exploring the concept of value related to eGovernment, documenting value from eGovernment efforts and exploring the factors that can facilitate actual realization of value from eGovernment efforts. Leif is concerned with the practical application of research results that have applied action case studies and action research. He is working as an Advisor for the Norwegian Competence Center for eGovernment, primarily with practical eGovernment projects within the area of benefits management. Leif recently summarized and evaluated Research Council Norway's effort to introduce benefits realization as an integrated part of their funding conditions and has played a role in the development of a novel approach to benefits together with Willy Dertz. Leif is chairing the eGovernment research group at UoA, is a board member of the Norwegian Resource Network on eGovernment, and coordinator for the national hub on benefits management related to eGovernment.