Semantics-Driven Development for Electronic Government Applications

Charles Crichton, Jim Davies, Jeremy Gibbons, Steve Harris, Aadya Shukla, Andrew Tsui. Semantics-Driven Development for Electronic Government Applications. In 42st Hawaii International International Conference on Systems Science (HICSS-42 2009), Proceedings (CD-ROM and online), 5-8 January 2009, Waikoloa, Big Island, HI, USA. pages 1-10, IEEE Computer Society, 2009. [doi]


It has been argued that the challenges in electronic government are purely social: that existing methods and tools are perfectly adequate, and that electronic government projects fail because of people, not technology. While acknowledging that there are organisational and political challenges, this paper argues that there is also a significant, technical challenge, and a corresponding technology gap. It argues also that this challenge may be addressed through a combination of model-driven development and semantic technologies, and reports briefly upon a successful, prototypical application.