department of informatics

Electronic Government - Course HS-2014

24. September 2014 - 4. December 2014

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. Students MUST be part of the kick-off meeting. Working groups will be organised. We set a limit of 10 groups (2 students/group). No exceptions will be made. 

Those students registered for the course but did not attended the kick-off meeting (and do not have group) will not be able to continue. 


  • The registration period on mySES for this course / seminar will be from September 1st 9h00 to October 3th 2014.
  • The registration for this course / seminar also implies the registration to the assessment period.
  • After October 3th 2014, you cannot register any more to the course / seminar nor withdraw from the course / seminary

Joint Master in Computer Science (JMCS) students have to do every semester the following three tasks:

Hosted JMCS students, e.g.: bachelor students in Computer Science (major, minor, optional studies) or master students in Mathematics or Information Management have exactly to do the same tasks as JMCS students. Additionally, they have to do every semester the following task:

The details can be found on our web site at

Relevant links:

Das Gedächtnis der Nation (The Memory of the Nation):


Kickoff meeting: 

  • Wednesday, September 24th, 17:00 - 18:00. Room: D130 


  • Friday, October 3rd, 8:30 - 12:00. Block course. Room: G230
  • Friday, October 10th, 8:30 - 12:00. Block course. Room: B130
  October 3rd October 10th
  • Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Andreas Meier
  • Lectures:
    • eAssistance
    • eProcurement
  • Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Andreas Meier
  • Lectures:
    • eSettlement
    • eCollaboration
  • Lecturer: Dr. Luis Terán
  • Lectures:
    • eService
    • eContracting 
  • Lecturer: Dr. 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
  • Prototype Presentation
  • Research Paper Study
Seminar Thesis (Report): maximum 25 - 30 pages.
Final Presentation: 20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes of questions and discussion.
Dates of Final Presentation:
  • Friday, December 4th, 8:30 - 17h00. Room: B130


  • Working titles: to be updated (Deadline: 01/10/2014 at 23h55)
  • Proposal submission: to be updated (Deadline: 10/10/2014 at 23h55)
  • Final report submission: to be updated (Deadline: 30/11/2014 at 23h55) 


  • Proposal (10%)
  • Midterm presentation (10%)
  • Final Presentation (10%)
  • Seminar Thesis/Report (70%)

Important: late submissions will be penalized with 10%. After two days of deadlines, reports and proposals will not be accepted.