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Volume 5 Issue 2, ECEG 2007 / Dec 2007  pp95‑224

Editor: Frank Bannister

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Turkish Local e‑Governments: a Longitudinal Study  pp95‑106

Aykut Arslan

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e‑Democracy in Australia: the Challenge of Evolving a Successful Model  pp107‑116

Jenny Backhouse

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Verification and Validation Issues in Electronic Voting  pp117‑126

Orhan Cetinkaya, Deniz Cetinkaya

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Trust and the Taxman: a Study of the Irish Revenue's Website Service Quality  pp127‑134

Regina Connolly

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Long‑term Digital Archiving — Outsourcing or Doing it  pp135‑144

Mitja Decman

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Governments all over the world are confronted with a new sphere of electronic data that is the consequence of increasingly presented and used information technology (IT). The data is heaping up on desktop computers, servers, tapes, CDs, etc. Not till the last decade did leading employees and the political elite start to ask themselves how will this data be saved as a proof of e‑government actions for the near and far future and our posterity. Considering the nature of electronic form compared to the paper form we can define keeping electronic data as a "non‑stop" job, while keeping the classical paper form can be defined as a "store‑and‑leave" job. New legislation and standards regarding the management and archiving of electronic data arise and so do practical solutions — information systems. At the point of implementation we can be confronted with huge expenses and the question of best implementation. How to solve this issue, considering outsourcing the service of long term digital archiving by external contractors or implementing it by the government itself is the topic of this paper. The paper focuses on organizational, technical and financial aspects of the dilemmas "to outsource or not", "parts or the whole service", how to do it, etc. It analyses the decision factors and tries to make conclusions on the basis of theory and research results from different survey projects. It presents the results of the empirical study of the digital archiving filed in the public sector of Slovenia that also focused on the outsourcing of digital archiving service or different segments of this service. The results from the public sector are also compared with the results for the private sector. 


Keywords: archiving, electronic data, long term, digital preservation, outsourcing, recordkeeping, digital archive


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Governmental Collaboration and Infrastructural Standards in Belgium  pp145‑152

Alea Fairchild, Bruno de Vuyst

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Evaluating Web Service Composition Methods: the Need for Including Multi‑Actor Elements  pp153‑164

Ralph W. Feenstra, Marijn Janssen, René W. Wagenaar

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Mypage and — A Case Study of Two Government Service Web Portals  pp165‑176

Karin Furuli, Sigrun Kongsrud

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Oxygen Government Practices  pp177‑190

Mary Griffiths

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A Model for Document Management in e‑Government Systems Based on Hierarchical Process Folders  pp191‑204

Raphael Kunis, Gudula Rünger, Michael Schwind

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e‑Voting: Same Pilots, Same Problems, Different Agendas  pp205‑212

Mark Liptrott

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Digitization and Political Accountability in the USA and the Netherlands: Convergence or Reproduction of Differences?  pp213‑224

Albert Meijer

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