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Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X
Currently published as: Aslib Journal of Information Management

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Subject Area: Library and Information Studies

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A framework for evaluating web sites of public authorities

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Title:A framework for evaluating web sites of public authorities
Author(s):Eleni Panopoulou, (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece), Efthimios Tambouris, (CERTH/ITI, Thessaloniki, Greece), Konstantinos Tarabanis, (University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Citation:Eleni Panopoulou, Efthimios Tambouris, Konstantinos Tarabanis, (2008) "A framework for evaluating web sites of public authorities", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 60 Iss: 5, pp.517 - 546
Keywords:Government, Greece, Internet, Online operations
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/00012530810908229 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors would like to acknowledge that the work presented in this paper was conducted within a national project concerning ICT utilisation in Greek regional and local governments, which was funded by the Observatory for the Greek Information Society. Moreover, the authors would like to thank Quantos Corporation, Greece, for performing the sampling procedure for Greek municipalities.

Purpose – In this paper, the aim is to develop a framework for evaluating the web sites of public authorities. The proposed framework consists of four axes: two for assessing the general characteristics and content of the web sites (namely general characteristics and e-content); and two for assessing specific functionalities addressing their governmental character (namely e-services and e-participation).

Design/methodology/approach – The proposed framework is gradually built through a critical analysis of the two relevant domains, web site evaluation and e-government. The methodology used in the case study includes the construction of an appropriate questionnaire for assessing the framework metrics. The practical use of the framework is demonstrated by means of a case study, namely evaluating the web sites of Greek public authorities at local and regional level.

Findings – The proposed framework presents a more holistic approach to e-government web site evaluation, while the case study provides some interesting results with regards to the shortcomings of Greek public authority web sites.

Research limitations/implications – The proposed framework could be further enhanced by incorporating an evaluation of the demand site of e-government. Moreover, a more thorough approach with regard to privacy would have to include metrics to be answered directly by IT security personnel.

Practical implications – The proposed framework can be used for evaluating the web sites of public authorities in a more comprehensive way. As an example, the case study reveals significant results of practical importance by indicating overall progress, aspects that are under-developed, etc.

Originality/value – This paper provides a novel framework to e-government web site evaluation that also considers e-government services and e-participation. We anticipate that it will be of interest to both researchers and practitioners alike.

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