eGovernment Authority recently organized a workshop on “International Standards For Websites,” which was attended by 23 employees and officials from 9 governmental entities involved in website development, in a bid to make them aware of the most mainstream standards for website development, whether technically or in terms of content and design.
This workshop was part of the implementation plan seeking to achieve the objectives of the National eGovernment Strategy 2016, in terms of the international performance indicators according to the directives of the Supreme Committee for Information and Communication Technology (SCICT). The authority established a standard for the development of government websites in the context of improving the performance of the government, through providing innovative, value-added services, including a set of criteria the guidelines that it has have developed in accordance with best international practices and standards for web development.
The workshop was delivered by Mr. Isa Saif Al Binali, Senior Change Control Specialist, eGovernment Authority, to 23 officials and specialists representing the following government entities: Ministry of Education, Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Ministry of Interior (Customs Affairs), Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Justice and Islamic Affairs, Civil Service Bureau, and the Central Informatics Organization.
The presentation focused on the basic rules for developing websites and their relation to the development goals, giving special emphasis to the target audience, and the techniques used for the development and creation of content, page design and branding, taking into account the ease of navigation and use, and the verification of technically smooth functionality of the site.
The workshop also addressed a variety of topics, including basics of the Internet and its technologies, history of the Web, and commercial competition among Internet browsers. It also outlined a definition support issues, and the association of the World Wide Web, the organization concerned with the development of international standards for websites, and the potential benefits of website development.
The workshop was concluded by the eGA delivering a report to participating representatives addressing compatibility of ministries’ website with international standards. Participants expressed their content with the know-how earned from such sessions where distinct experiences can be exchanged and drawn on and participating government websites can be contrasted with global counterparties, in order to ensure continuity of upgrade and development processes to the best interest of the public.
The eGovernment Authority (eGA) plans to organize a similar workshop soon to accommodate a larger number of officials of government entities in charge of website development who were unable to attend this workshop due to capacity limitation.
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