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Single-Point Entry to the Estonian Government
No. 01, 1999
Many government institutions in Estonia have Internet access, and several have fairly developed World Wide Web pages. However, most Internet-related activities have focused on infrastructure and access problems, and much less effort has been put into initiatives that are related to Internet content policies. In 1998 the State Chancellery initiated the project "Single Point Entry for Government Information", receiving the support of the Open Estonia Foundation for the process.
Estonia Land Information System
No. 01, 1999
The paper gives an insight into the development of a modern Land Information System in Estonia. The final objective of the project is to create a nationwide system that can provide on-line services for a wide range of customers, starting with governmental institutions and ending wiht private individuals.
The Information System of the European Business Register: The Latvian Viewpoint
No. 01, 1999
This article reviews the establishment of the Baltic States company register information system in Latvia what has been done, what is still planned. This is the first of several articles about the elaboration of the Baltic States Government Data Transmission Network (the BVDPT in the Latvian acronym) as far as this concerns Latvia.
The Year 2000 Problem in Lithuania and the World
No. 01, 1999
The year 2000 is approaching with unwavering speed, and the problems that may be caused by the arrival of the new year in terms of computer use are becoming the object of increasingly urgent focus. The search for solutions must not be delayed for a single day, because we cannot stop time. In order to prepare in a timely way for the consequences that may ensue, we must talk about the issue at once. This article details Lithuania's experience in solving the problem what's being done, what has been accomplished, and what are the plans in the future?
The Year 2000 Problem: Solutions in Latvia
No. 01, 1999
Among Latvian specialists, information about the upcoming unpleasantness in the area of computer use resounded very extensively during a conference on information technologies that was held in 1997. Those companies in Latvia that are the largest and the most far-sighted have been dealing with the problem for at least a year, but it was only at the beginning of January that the mission came under the attention of state and local government workers. It's high time, too -- 1999 has brought information with it, and in some foreign banks there has already been an avalanche of mistakes raised by the inability of computers and software to read the date "99" properly.
Latvia on the Way Toward the Information Society: The International Context
No. 01, 1999
The movement toward the Information Society is an international process. Latvia is in the same situation as other associated states of the European Union, and it's becoming an equal partner in the process. Representation on coordination bodies, harmonization of legislation, participation in multicountry programs, integration in the Transeuropean information systems, collaboration with foreign producers and service providers all of these are components of the common process.
1999 a Year for Intense Elaboration of New Laws in Latvia
No. 01, 1999
Legislation is something that goes along with and helps to arrange practice. It's an axiom, so there's no reason why we should look for unnecessary laws in the field of informatics before information technologies are developed. Visvaldis Briedis, who is the director of the Informatics Strategy Division of the Latvian Transport Ministry, and who simultaneously heads the ministry's legislation development group, says that since 1997, when the ministry established a new Informatics Department, work has developed very quickly in the area of legislation. The last two years have been very fruitful. In 1998 a new Freedom of Information law was passed, while a series of other laws were drafted. These should be adopted in 1999.
Electronic ID, ID Cards and Standartization
No. 01, 1999
This paper describes one application of high-end smartcards electronic identity, or EID. EID is far more than a concept. Rather, it is a framework for covering most personal identification needs in automated information systems, thus forming the core of information system security. Because this is a universal solution, it requires a considerable amount of standardization before public utilization. In this paper the author describes the current state of agreements and standardization issues, as well as preliminary plans in this area that have been developed in Estonia. To complete the picture, he also discusses relevant projects elsewhere in the world, the fundamental problems that are associated with EID on smartcards, and various competing solutions that have been elaborated.
IT Legislation in Estonia in 1998
No. 01, 1999
No new IT laws were adopted in Estonia in 1998, but Parliament did adopt a document called "The Principles of Estonian Information Policy". Also, Estonia's Act of Archives went into force in the summer of 1998, and many draft IT laws were prepared for forwarding to the government.
The Information System of the Latvian Register of Commercial Pledges
No. 02, 1999
The Latvian Register of Commercial Pledges was set up relatively quickly, and it can be considered successful in terms of its implementation. The register has received positive evaluations at the international level, so we're offering Baltic IT Review readers a look into the information system, its functions and their implementation.


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