Abu Dhabi’s promotion of outstanding e-governance practices by using information and communication technologies to improve administrative efficiency and citizens’ access to public services has been acknowledged as a distinguished achievement by the World e-Governments Organization of Cities and Local Governments (WeGO).
The Abu Dhabi Spatial Data Infrastructure (AD-SDI) program, led by the Abu Dhabi Systems and Information Centre (ADSIC), has been awarded the Outstanding e-Government Prize in the Open City category during the recently concluded 1st WeGO Awards 2012 in Barcelona, Spain. The award is yet another prestigious milestone of international recognition for the AD-SDI program achievements, and provides a significant boost to the relentless drive of the AD-SDI program towards transforming government services through spatial enablement.
The award is a reward to the Abu Dhabi government in embodying a clear vision, effective strategy execution, and sustained drive towards excellence in spatially enabling public facing applications and services in Abu Dhabi. The successful execution of the strategy depended upon the AD-SDI community support and collaboration with multiple government stakeholders across various disciplines/ sectors that comprise the businesses and academia as well.
The open access to up-to-date and accurate geospatial information since the AD-SDI program inception in 2007 has empowered the government and the wider society in availing the benefits from spatially enabled e-government services. The journey still continues in providing spatialized and transformed services across the whole-of-government, with the genial endorsement by the Executive Leadership.
The underlying principles followed by the AD-SDI program towards spatially enabled government services are the following:
- Comprehensive understanding of the core government business areas within and across sectors and multiple stakeholders
- Holistic master planning with heeded weighing of the interlaced and intricate processes of the government
- Holistic analysis of gaps and opportunities to meet the supply and demand sides of Geographic Information Technology and Services (GITS) in the Emirate
- Aligning the operational needs and requirements of the entities in the subject matter with the strategic goals and priorities of the Emirate
- Leveraging shared government services and geospatial information products and services such as the e-government and SDI
- Drawing on executive leadership support and stakeholders collaboration
Day after day, the vision of transformed and specialized government services is being progressively realized in Abu Dhabi through an Enterprise GIS Capacity Building at the entities. The evolutionary pace of the development process goes in tandem with the sustained awareness and change in mindset among the concerned stakeholders – keeping in mind, a resilient and effective transformation relies on successful institutional capacity building and willingness to embrace the change.