Data and System Integration
Semester 1, 2019
Assessment and Submission Details
Marks: 20% of the Total Assessment for the Course
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Case Study: Connected Government
Connected government enables governments to connect seamlessly across functions, agencies and jurisdictions to deliver effective and efficient services to citizens and businesses.
The United Nations (UN), in its Global E-Government Survey of 2008, used connected governance as its primary criteria by which to evaluate and rank national e-government programs. In continuation of this theme, the UN Global E-Government Survey of 2010 takes the concept of connected government even further, adding “citizen-centricity” as the watchword. This approach to government service delivery requires countries to shift from a model of providing government services via traditional modes to integrated electronic modes wherein the value to the citizens and businesses gets enhanced.
Government transformation is a long term endeavor that is seldom impacted by any short term technology trends. In their transition toward connected government, all governments typically traverse through the four primary stages of e-government capability and maturity, each stage representing a progressively higher level in the government transformation continuum. The four widely used stages of e-government capability and maturity are: webpresence, interaction, transaction and transformation. Furthermore, connected government is the desired state that countries strive to reach as part of the transformation level of egovernment maturity. However, there is no straightforward way to describe what exactly connected government means and its implications to countries.
Based on the current state of practice and available literature, connected government is expected to entail certain characteristics and capabilities. These characteristics and capabilities, described below, are clearly stated to be the key contributors to e-government development according to the UN E-Government Survey 2010, and in turn contribute to national development. These characteristics and capabilities, structured as dimensions, allow connected government to be viewed as a multi-dimensional construct. These dimensions of connected government include but limited to:
? Citizen centricity: This refers to viewing the governments from the outside in, i.e. understanding the requirements and expectations of the citizens becomes the preeminent guiding principle for all government policies, programs and services. In short, this represents the service-dominant logic which requires the governments to operate as one enterprise and organize itself around citizen demands and requirements;
? Common infrastructure and interoperability: This refers to the use of standards and best practices across governments to encourage and enable sharing of information in a seamless manner. Interoperability is the ability of organizations to share information and knowledge within and across organizational boundaries. The underlying foundation for effective interoperability comes from standardized common infrastructure;
? Collaborative services and business operations: Connected government requires ministries and agencies to collaborate. It is not difficult to uncover success stories about integration and interoperability at the technology level. However, to collaborate at the level of business services and functions requires political will. This is because collaboration at this level leads to shallower stovepipes, elimination of redundant or overlapping services and discovery of common and shared services, which in turn lead to loss of authority and control for some;
? Social inclusion: This refers to the ability of governments to move beyond horizontal and vertical integration of government service delivery to engaging the citizens and businesses at relevant points in the policy and decision-making processes. E-democracy and social inclusion ensure that delivery of government services is not a one-way exterchange. Innovative ways of using technology to facilitate constituent participation and building a consultative approach is imperative for the success of connected government.
End of Case Study
For more details about this case study, please refer to the original article.
• Saha, P 2010, 'Enterprise Architecture as Platform for Connected Government', National University of Singapore Institute of Systems Science Report. Available from http://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/unpan/unpan041801.pdf
You are to prepare a preliminary report for the Australian Federal Government describing the benefits of intelligent enterprise design and Enterprise Information Architecture Reference Architecture (EIA RA) for developing a national E-Government system.
The intended audience for this report are government officials who may have knowledge of the government operations but limited computing knowledge.
Your report should follow the following template:
Table of Contents
Table of Figures
2.0 Intelligent Enterprise Design
Discuss the business vision for the future intelligent E-Government system. Use two example functions from the “Focus Area” in (Week 1) Information Analysis Evolution discussion file to explain the benefits of evolving from “Historical Reporting” to “Anticipate and Shape”.
2.1 Function 1
2.2 Function 2
3.0 Enterprise Information Architecture Reference Architecture
Discuss the benefits an EIA RA approach can provide to guide development of an EGovernment system. This discussion should expand on at least three of the identified benefits and should include at least one diagram providing an overview of the proposed system.
4.0 Conclusion & Recommendations
The marking rubrics are viewable on the blackboard.
Your report should be around 2,000 words and it would be best to be no longer than 2,500 words long.
The report MUST be formatted using the following guidelines:
• Title Page – Must not contain headers, footers, or page numbering. Include your name as the report’s author.
• Header – Report title
• Footer – your name and the page number
• Paragraph text – 12 point Calibri single line spacing
• Headings – Arial in an appropriate type size
• Margins – 2.5cm on all margins
• Page numbering
• Executive summary to the last page of Table of Figures to use roman numerals
(i, ii, iii, iv)
• Introduction and onwards to use conventional numerals (1, 2, 3, 4) starting at page 1 from the introduction.
• The report is to be created as a single Microsoft Word document (version 2007 or later). No other format is acceptable and doing so will result in the deduction of marks.
Please follow the conventions detailed in:
Summers, J. & Smith, B., 2014, Communication Skills Handbook, 4th Ed, Wiley, Australia.
The report is to include (at least 5) appropriate references and these references should follow the Harvard method of referencing. Note that ALL references should be from journal articles, conference papers, technical papers or a recognized expert in the field. DO NOT use Wikipedia as a reference. The use of unqualified references will result in the deduction of marks.
Assignment Return and Release of Grades
Assignment grades will be available on the blackboard in two weeks after the submission. Details of marking will also be accessible via online rubrics on the blackboard.
Where an assignment is undergoing investigation for alleged plagiarism or collusion the grade for the assignment and the assignment will be withheld until the investigation has concluded.
1. The task of developing an EIA for E-Government would in practice would take a team of IT professionals hundreds of hours to complete. It is acknowledged that your time is constrained to several weeks and approx. 20 hrs work on this assignment, and as such this assignment is not so much about completing it but seeing how far you get.
2. Whole text books have been dedicated to the topic of EIA RA, thus in your discussion of EIA RA you will need firstly to be succinct, and secondly to be selective in describing aspects of EIA RA significant to an E-Government system.
3. It is not expected that you become an expert in E-Government, but it is expected that you demonstrate your research into the field as it pertains to EIA.
4. As this is a master’s level course, you will be graded on your ability to put forward an argument supported by scholarly articles. Simply regurgitating the text book is not sufficient.
5. There is no correct answer and it is expected that students’ answers will vary greatly, thus there is little chance of accidental plagiarism.
6. Ensure that you clearly understand the requirements for the assignment – what must be done and what are the deliverables.
7. If you do not understand any of the assignment requirements – Please ASK your tutor.
8. Each time you work on any aspect of the assignment reread the assignment requirements to ensure that what is required is clearly understood.
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