الثلاثاء، 18 نوفمبر 2014

Open Gate e-Government

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Open Gate e-Government is a new concept that I want to initiate and introduce. It is basically the ability to provide e-services from one place (one gate) to any authorized / unauthorized entity or person based on some predefined and custom-made manageable authentication and authorization roles. In a way that any citizen can, for example, allow access to his personal profile by some 3rd party employment agency. Actually, Open Gate e-Gov, I think, would be the new trend in e-Gov services.

Actually I used the term “Open” because it has to be opened to all visitors throw one “internet portal” and also opened to all other e-services through one “web service” root URL. However, I called it a “Gate” not Gates; so, it is one and only one huge portal that lets citizens, government agencies, government employees and businesses/commerce use and also manage (based on there permissions) the government e-services.

Open Gate e-Government will ease the access to all e-services provided by any government entity through only one place which is the “Open Gate“. Also, it will ease the management of authentication and authorization because this will be happened in only one place that controls everything.

Actually, technologies now a day make applying this concept relatively easy. We have now may Cloud e-Services, CMS applications, Workflows Engines, DMS applications, Web Services Standards, Authentication Protocols (OpenID), Authorization Protocols (OAuth2)... So, I expect to have this concept to be applied widely in couple of years.

Since all citizens, government agencies, government employees and businesses/commerce are involved to benefit from this Open Gate, the expected revenue cannot be calculated easily. However, you can expect dozens of millions will come to the entity who can applies it as "pay per action" contract.

However I think that there will be some challenges. The most important, I think, is making this new concept clear and showing its benefits to decision makers. Since it is new concept that is not applied nor it is introduced at any government (as far as I know, as I claim that I am the owner of this idea), it may be difficult to be explained as there is no example to follow.

A question come to the head that is: Who is the best to implement this? The answer is: The implementation best fits for is a government or semi-government entity, or else a really large company. Because the interested entity or company, has to be trusted to tackle the responsibilities and also can take advantage of the usage of this new concept.

Roughly speaking, Open Gate e-Gov is something like when a company (in our case a government) decide to host and provide and manage all its e-services through one portal. Actually, this is a very rudimentary imagination of this new concept; However you have to add, to this rudimentary imagination, the usage of one root URL for e-Gov Web Services. In addition to authentication and authorization management with delegation capabilities on both the information provided through the web pages and the web services.

Last thing to mention is that the Open Gate e-Gov is not an e-Service Catalog which is to have a lists of the e-Services and there URLs with description. But, Open Gate e-Gov is to have the e-Services directly provided, managed and possibly delegated within one portal.

However, the following is a design suggestion for the concept or Open Gate e-Government:


I hope that people who like this new concept (Open Gate e-Gov) to comment and give me valuable feedback. And if you are a key stakeholder and you want to apply it, then you have to make me engaged (and let me get benefits) of its application and implementation; As I am the owner of this new concept.

Do you know a government who already applied Open Gate e-Government? Please if so, tell me...