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Problems Encountered by SMEs When Receiving and Using E-government and E-commerce Services
No. 03, 2006
In the summer of 2006, the Secretariat of Special Assignments minister for Electronic Government Affairs released a study which identified problems faced by small and medium businesses and individuals in Latvia when they use E-services. This article presents the research data and the conclusions which apply to SMEs.
The Public Internet for Businessman or Pensioner
No. 03, 2006
Lithuania launched its "Rural Internet Access Points" project in 2003 at the initiative of the country's government. Total project funding amounts to EUR 3.15 million from the EU's PHARE Programme. The first stage of the project established 300 facilities in rural Lithuania, providing computers, furnishings and Internet connections. These Internet access centres were mostly established in regions where the communications infrastructure is poor. The centres operate in places that are visited often - schools, libraries, community centres, cultural buildings, etc. They provide computer and Internet access, allowing visitors to print, copy, scan and fax documents. The second stage of the project is now being implemented. The goal is to strengthen the network of the rural facilities, to train staff (so-called "tutors" at Internet access centres), and to provide relevant E-services to small and medium businesses, as well as the public at large.
Latvia@World Project Training Started in Riga
No. 03, 2006
The Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association (LIKTA) has begun to offer free computer training to people in Riga under the auspices of the Latvia@World project. On August 10, a new computer training class was opened. The first instructors were certified on June 9 - 11. The plan is to train 30 instructors and then more than 1,000 residents of Riga by the end of 2006. The training is occurring with financial support from the Riga City Councilís E-Riga project, as well as the Microsoft Unlimited Potential programme. The telecommunications company Lattelecom supported the installation of the training classroom.
CERT Launched in Estonia
No. 03, 2006
The Computer Emergency Response Team of Estonia (CERT Estonia) was established earlier this year, and this article reviews the tasks and services of the system. It functions within the framework of the Estonian Informatics Centre.
E-city project in Rga
No. 03, 2006
Riga municipality has been always one of the most active in Latvia and consistently implementing new IT solutions. That is why four years ago we launched project e-Riga, with the key objective to introduce a successful e-government system in Riga. From the very beginning, all projects have been developed so as to meet the needs of our clients - citizens and entrepreneurs.
A Patient Appointments System
No. 02, 2006
On September 5, 2005, a tripartite agreement was signed on the installation and development of information technologies in medicine in Lithuania. The project, Patient Visit Reservation System, is receiving funding from the European Union's Structural Funds. The goal of the project is to take advantage of the possibilities that are afforded by modern information and telecommunications technologies in order to reduce administrative costs, to provide easily accessible and high-quality health care services to the public, and to make more effective use of human and material resources for health care institutions.
E-Estonia at CeBIT the Real Thing
No. 02, 2006
During the CeBIT 2006 event, Estonia presented innovative solutions in the areas of E-government, E-police, E-voting and GIS.
Mobile City Tartu: Best Practices and a Roadmap for Future
No. 01, 2006
The advantages of mobile phones, as opposed to the Internet, in providing various urban services have been discussed in this journal before. This article is based on a study of mobile services that was ordered by the city of Tartu and carried out by Mobi Solutions in 2005. The author describes existing M-services in the city, provides an overview of people's interest in existing and new M-services, talks about the best practices in other countries, and recommends a methodology for introducing new M-services in Tartu and elsewhere.
General Inclusion - a Strategic Prerequisite for Development of Information Society
No. 01, 2006
The article analyses principal necessity of involvement of everybody in the common EU's knowledge-based development process. Inclusion of all persons who live and work here becomes increasingly central for Baltic States that have limited human resources. Advanced ICT are supporting development policy in total; ICT assistance to achieve social inclusion of all population (e-inclusion) is an important strategic issue.
An Overview of EU Structural Fund Support for the Development of the Information Society in Lithuania
No. 04, 2005
More than LTL 188 million (EUR 54.4 million) of money from the EU's Structural Funds has been allocated to fund Information Society development projects in Lithuania. All 14 of the projects which are aimed at improving Lithuania's E-infrastructure and E-government and are financed by these funds will be completed by the end of 2008. The support amounts to approximately 86% of total EU Structural Funding allocated to Information Society development.
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