Andrea DiMaio

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It Is Time To Pull The Plug on EU-Funded IT Research

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 11, 2013  |  2 Comments

Almost 28 years ago, when I officially entered the IT workforce, I found myself working on a research and development project about the use of the Ada programming language (does anybody remember it?) in distributed computing settings. The project was funded under the Multi Annual Program that the the European Commission had instituted to provide […]


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Making Smart Cities Really Smart Takes a Change of Emphasis

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 24, 2012  |  4 Comments

Last Thursday I attended a panel about Smart Cities in the context of the ICT competitiveness week, organized by DG CONNECT of the European Commission. The purpose was to discuss how both the European vendor community and European cities can best position themselves in this growth market as competitive in terms of securing a growing […]


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New European e-Government Action Plan: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 17, 2010  |  7 Comments

On December 15, in conjunction with the conference on Lift Off Open Government (see previous post), the European Commission issued its communication to to other European institutions (such as the Parliament and the Council) about the European eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015. The subtitle of the communication is quite intriguing: Harnessing ICT to promote smart, sustainable […]


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From E-government to Open Government: Back to the Future

by Andrea Di Maio  |  May 27, 2010  |  6 Comments

On May 25 and 26 I did attend the World Congress on Information Technology held in sunny, chilly and beautiful Amsterdam. This was a massive event with more than 4000 delegates and over 300 speakers organized on eight parallel tracks, covering themes like health, safety, mobility, energy and so forth. I had the pleasure of […]


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Cross-Border Use Won’t Make European eID Cards Any More Successful

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 11, 2010  |  2 Comments

(Expanding on a previous post) Electronic identity schemes and smart cards have been a long-standing issue for most e-government programs in Europe. Spain happens to have one of the most widely deployed identity cards (called DNI) and one of the EU project (STORK) deals with how to use each other’s cards when dealing with administrations […]


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European Project on Services Directive: Whose Point of Single Contact?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 11, 2010  |  3 Comments

(Expanding on a previous post) Simple Procedures Online for Cross-border Services (SPOCS) is a European pilot project focusing on supporting the implementation of the Services Directive, which is supposed to help businesses establish themselves across borders more easily, dealing with complex and somewhat unique administrative procedures in a much more efficient and comprehensible way. One […]


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European Project on Public E-Procurement May Be Tackling the Wrong Issues

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 10, 2010  |  3 Comments

(Expanding on a previous post) PEPPOL is not a beverage or a miraculous cleaning powder. It stands for Pan-European Public Procurement On Line and is a European collaborative project funded by the European Commission and engaging several EU member states, which aims to increase the ability of suppliers in a given member state to respond […]


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Europe Should Walk the Talk on E-Government

by Andrea Di Maio  |  April 10, 2010  |  8 Comments

Last Friday I was a panelist at Tecnimap 2010, a Spanish government-focused conference that takes place every two years and was organized in beautiful Zaragoza this time. The session was about the Malmo Ministerial Declaration that was signed last November by ministers in EU member states to agree about a number of common objectives (see […]


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Government 2.0: Lost in EU Declaration

by Andrea Di Maio  |  November 19, 2009  |  13 Comments

Every other year the ministers responsible for e-government in the EU member states, candidate accession countries and those in European free trade area meet to discuss respective progress on e-government as well as common future objectives. This year they are meeting at a conference in Malmo (Sweden) on November 19-20. Why a declaration? The most […]


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A Cool Idea On Government 2.0 From An Unlikely Vendor

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 3, 2009  |  3 Comments

Yesterday I met a European service provider and system integrator that is quite active in the public sector (both government and health care) and financial services, mostly in its own country. I used to know this vendor pretty well from my times at the European Commission (prior to joining Gartner), as they used to participate […]


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