E-government versus E-participation

January 29, 2010

Ever wondered what the practical difference between the UN E-government measures and the UN E-participation measures?

The recently publish data from UNPAN shows us that the differences are practically absent. In the following image, I have plotted the correlation between the E-Government measurements and E-participation measurements.

Correlation between UN E-Government Measure and UN E-Participation Measure

Correlation between UN E-Government Measure and UN E-Participation Measure

A straight diagonal line, which is clearly visible in the plot, means that there is a strong correlation. I.e. that the E-participation measure can be extracted from  (or calculated from) the E-Government measure. If the data looks chaotic, which is not the case here, it means the measures from E-participation and E-Government are independent.

This plot clearly shows a strong correlation. It even has a Pearson Correlation, which is a statistical way of showing that to data sets are correlated, is a staggering 0.66, which is extremely much in the social sciences.

The question which naturally arises is why bother with both measurements?

2010 e-Government Data

January 27, 2010

United Nations Public Administration Network has made the data for the 2010 e-Governemnt Survey available.

The countries which reached the highest e-Government score this year was:

  1. Republic of Korea (Score: 0.87)
  2. United States of America (Score:0.85)
  3. Canada (Score: 0.84)
  4. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Score: 0.81)
  5. The Netherlands (Score: 0.81)