The jury committee consists of a quantity of international and nearby professionals in eGovernance who have participated in evaluating a number of international awards in the field.
Dr Ruzaiqi stated, “We’re pleased to begin the evaluation of the competing projects participating in the sixth round of the Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment. It reflects in each of its round the progress made by the public sector, the private sector and SMEs in their competing projects and the level of improvement in the delivery of eServices.”
He added, “We trust that the carefully selected jury committee will make its decisions with complete impartiality and provide detailed reports consisting of recommendations and ways for improvement for the participating projects to enhance eServices in the sultanate.” Over 5 days and primarily based on set criteria, the jury committee will evaluate 64 submitted projects: 47 projects from government entities, nine from private organisations and eight from SMEs. In this edition, the awards comprise ten categories – 3 of which have been newly added. Two new categories – Best Open Data Initiative and Best Government Application for Smart Devices – are for government sector entities, whilst the third – Best Private Application for Smart Devices – is for private sector businesses. Government sector entities can compete in seven categories – Best Open Data Initiative, Best Government Application for Smart Devices, Best Government eService – Individuals, Best Government Project, Best eService Supporting Business, Best Practice in Community eParticipation and Best eTransformation Achievement.
Large organisations in the private sector can compete in two categories – Best Private Application for Smart Devices and Best Private Sector eService. Private sector ICT little and medium enterprises (SMEs) can participate in Best SME eService.
The Sultan Qaboos Award for Excellence in eGovernment began in 2010 to honour digital projects that have exceptional achievements and innovations in the use of info technologies. The awards also aim to enhance the top quality of eServices and simplify procedures to make sure higher self-assurance and public contribution.
The jury session is the final phase of the evaluation method and functions independently and impartially abiding by the awards’ guidelines and suggestions. The final results of the jury committee are final and not topic to modify.
Information Source: Muscat Daily