The E-Government Innovation Centre ("E-Government Innovationszentrum - EGIZ") has been established in 2005 as a joint inititvie of the Federal Chancellery Austria and IAIK at Graz University of Technology. Since then EGIZ supports the Chancellery in the development of an ICT federal strategy and carries out technical research in the field of eGovernment.
The main areas of focus of the EGIZ include:
- education and training,
- strategic and technical consulting for public administration,
- support and promotion of synergies with the private sector,
- interoperability on national and international level, and
- participating in international collaborative projects.
After 3,5 years the EU Large Scale Project "Secure Identity Across Borders Linked - STORK" ended as a success. STORK brought together 18 EU Member States to build an interoperability framework on top of existing national electronic identity solutions. This has been tested in six production pilots for more than a year. A follow-up project STORK 2.0 has been started in spring 2012 - see STORK 2.0).
Austrian and Graz University of Technology have been among the biggest partners of the project. Graz University of Technology has been Work Package Leader of "eID and New Technologies" and pilot leader of two of the six pilots: "eDelivery" and "Integration with the European Commission Authentication Service ECAS"
SPOCS (Simple Procedures Online for Cross-border Services) is the second ICT-PSP Large Scale Pilot EGIZ contributes to. The project supports implementation of electronic procedured defined in the EU Services Directive.
Open Source Platform and Projects
Most of the results created by EGIZ is available as open source in order to foster dissemination of e-Government developments. Additionally, the open source software is available via Joinup.
Further information in EGIZ can be found at www.egiz.gv.at (in German)