department of informatics

Electronic Government - Course HS-2015

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. 

Relevant links:

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


Kickoff meeting: 

  • Monday, September 21th, 17:00 - 18:00. Room: F250 


  • Friday, October 2nd, 8:30 - 12:00. Block course. Room: G120
  October 2nd
  • eGovernment Framework (Andreas Meier)
  • SmartParticipation (Luis Teran)
  • Principles of VAA Design (Fermando Menez)
  • Analysing VAA Data (Jonathan Weathley)


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

Students will work in groups (2 students/group), and each group must select one of the following options for the examination:

  • Case Study
  • Prototype Presentation
  • Research Paper Study

The following steeps will be followed by groups in the course:

  • Project proposal: student groups will provide a project proposal, with the following evaluation criteria: Objectives and Background (25%), Problem Statement (20%), Research Questions (20%), Methodology (30%), Table of Contents and References (5%). Proposal represents 5% of the final grade.
  • Midterm Appointment: student groups should make a short presentation (10 minutes) of the advances of the project. Presentations will be scheduled in the middle of the semester. Evaluation of presentations is based on the following criteria: Presentation 40%, Own Contribution (research oriented) 25%, Methodology 20%, Thesis structure 10%, References 5%. It represents 10% of the final grade.
  • Report Submission: Thesis reports are evaluated using the guidelines on how to write a scientific work from the IS group. Report should be written in English with a maximum of 20-25 pages (content only). Index, references, etc. are not part of the report. Final report represents 75% of the final grade.
Dates of Final Presentation:
  • Friday, December 4th, 8:30 - 12h00. Room: A403
  • Friday, December 4th, 12:00 - 17h00. Room: B205


  • Working titles: to be updated (Deadline: 01/10/2015 at 23h55)
  • Proposal submission: to be updated (Deadline: 10/10/2015 at 23h55)
  • Final report submission: to be updated (Deadline: 30/11/2015 at 23h55) 


  • Proposal (5%)
  • Midterm presentation (10%)
  • Final Presentation (10%)
  • Seminar Thesis/Report (75%)

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