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Semantic Web for E-Government | Agile Development Methods & Organizational Change

Research on Information Systems at GUC explores the potentials of latest information technology developments for servicing the objectives of organizations and their management. Fields of research include service flow management, semantic web, as well as e-government & e-business.

Semantic Web for E-Government

Ongoing Project:  Access to e-Government Services Employing Semantic Technologies (Access-eGov), Project FP6-2004-27020, funded by the European Commission within the INFORMATION SOCIETY TECHNOLOGIES (IST) Programme.

Target: By employing semantic technologies the Access-eGov project will support semantic interoperability among e-government services across organisational, regional and linguistic borders. For service providers (on all levels of public administration - local, regional, national, and European) Access-eGov will enable introduction of a (new) e-service to the world of e-government interoperability in an easy way. The government service registered in the Access-eGov may be localised, contracted and used automatically through agents and other IT components.
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Agile Development Methods and Organizational Change

Target: how can the user organization relate to and make use of agile system development methods (e.g. Xtreme Programming) so that the use perspective impacts the systems development for the utmost benefit of the user organization?

Approach: an empirical study of a large development project is conducted to explore in detail questions such as: What is the origin of the use perspective being presented to developers? Who are the ‘user representatives’ and how does (s)he produce ‘requirements’ and evaluate (evolving) systems? What is the origin and life cycle of “User Stories” from the user organization’s point of view? How do they relate to an overall vision of the future system? How are UserStories incorporated in the developed systems? Do the functional tests “verify” the user story? How are (evolving) systems introduced in the user organization and how do the results of this evaluation impact the use perspective and the ‘feed back’ into the development team?
The research is carried out in cooperation with the Copenhagen Business School [

Information Systems Department at the Faculty of Management Technology - German University in Cairo. is.guc.edu.eg
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