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Challenges, Barriers, and Approaches for Providing Digital Citizen Information. A Case-Study in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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Title:Challenges, Barriers, and Approaches for Providing Digital Citizen Information. A Case-Study in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Authors:Birghan, Fabian
Hettenhausen, Robert
Meschede, Christine
Keywords:Digital Transformation and Government: Barriers to and Enablers of Change
citizen information
digital government
germany
information systems
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Date Issued:05 Jan 2021
Abstract:In this article, we present a case study of the limitations and barriers concerning digital citizen information systems in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany. We define citizen information as information that satisfies citizens' needs and interests regarding their country, state, or municipality. Local governments can use information systems in the form of official websites, social media, council information systems, mobile applications, and open data portals to disseminate information. Aspects like transparency, participation, and collaboration can thereby be strengthened. We assessed citizens' views of such systems via a questionnaire and addressed their wishes in expert interviews. The results suggest that NRW has good prerequisites to provide digital citizen information systems, but the municipalities still have to overcome several barriers. We suggest six central approaches: development of a social media strategy, creation of digital competences, establishment of standards, strategies for increasing awareness, development of innovative services, and strengthening cooperation between municipalities.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/70877
ISBN:978-0-9981331-4-0
DOI:10.24251/HICSS.2021.264
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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