Open Source Government: Lazio e-Citizen, secretly open source compatible, the portal created by the European Commission offers a service for the professional community of eGovernment, eInclusion and eHealth practitioners, reported about Lazio e-Citizen, a digital inclusion project.

The programme responded to European directives on the Lisbon Strategy and its objectives were to increase the residents’ awareness of the importance of digital literacy, the benefits that e-skills bring to their personal and professional lives, and to fight against social exclusion. The project developed a strategy to bridge the digital divide based on specific criteria: gender, age and skill levels.

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I asked Alessandra Devitofrancesco (ECDL foundation), author of the Lazio e-Citizen case reported on epractice to tell me more, and she kindly put me in touch with the AICA (ECDL member) responsible of the initiative, Pierpaolo Maggi.

He explained me that the project has been developed using the open source course management system Moodle, and that the portal is accessible also through Firefox and Netscape. On the contrary the article on epractice and also e-citizen FAQ report (bold emphasis is mine):

The schools, universities and Permanent Territorial Centres which were involved in the Lazio e-Citizen project were chosen according to different technological requirements:

  • Availability of one or more rooms with at least 12+5 desks and Internet access (ADSL or wireless)
  • LAN network among all desks and shared printer
  • PC Pentium 4 (or superior) or equivalent (i.e. AMD)
  • Windows 2000 or later versions
  • Browser: Internet Explorer 6.0 or superior
  • Accessories: audio set and headphones: CD ROM reader, minimum video resolution SVGA 800×600