department of informatics

Electronic Government - Course HS-2012

1. September 2012 - 10. December 2012

The course eGovernment describes the simplification and execution of information, communication, and exchange processes between public administrations, public administrations and citizens, respectively public administration and private organisations, to provide electronic public services.

For citizens, web-based services include access to the tax system, social security, career support, or official documents. For organizations, these services give access to business formation, tax, statistics, procurement or environmental protection.

eDemocracy enables citizens, through the use of information and communication technologies, to exercise their rights and fulfill their obligations in the information and knowledge society in a time and place independent way: The citizen is involved in the clarification and planning of the public authorities, improved and customized information and discussion policies, customized to e citizen's need, barrier-free web access for electronic polls, building communities in various areas of the society, exercising their rights at every communal level as well as improving political controlling through adequate archiving and documentation systems.

The latest information and documents are available on Moodle. The password will be provided during the kick-off meeting.


Relevant links:

Das Gedächtnis der Nation (The Memory of the Nation)



Tuesday September 25th
17.00 - 18:00. Room: C130
Friday October 5th
08.30 - 10:00, eAssistance & eProcurement. Room: E130
10.30 - 12:00, eService & eContracting. Room: E130
Friday October 12th 
08.30 - 10:00, eSettlement & eCollaboration. Room: E130
10.30 - 12:00, eDemocracy & eCommunity. Room: E130

  October 5th October 12th
  • Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Andreas Meier
  • Lectures:
    • eAssistance
    • eProcurement
  • Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Andreas Meier
  • Lectures:
    • eSettlement
    • eCollaboration
  • Lecturer: Luis Terán
  • Lectures:
    • eService
    • eContracting 
  • Lecturer: Luis Terán
  • Lectures:
    • eDemocracy
    • eCommunity



  • Master of Economics
  • Master in Computer Science
  • Joint Master: University of Bern, University of Neuchâtel, and University of Fribourg.



Students will work in groups, and each group must select one of the following options for the examination:

  • Case Study with an eGovernment institution, e.g. WACG for handicaped people.
  • Prototype Presentation, e.g. Open Source Wiki.
  • Research Paper Study. 

Small Report of Projects: maximum 20 - 40 pages (Deadline for submission, December 5th)

Final Presentation: 20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes of questions and discussion.

Final Presentation: Friday, December 7th, 8:h00 - 17h00, room: E130.