E-Forum was established in the very early days of the use of the internet, in order to help share Best Practice relating to the creation of the Information Society. Initially it was dedicated to "analysing the future needs of eGovernment in Europe and promoting excellence in defining solutions to those needs" by bringing the private and public sectors and academics together. Initially, as a membership organisation, it was described as: “For members, it is a network for exchange of ideas, a gateway to the latest eGovernment information and a showcase for the solutions that will shape eGovernment over the next ten to fifteen years”. It uniquely cut across government, industry and academia, involving all sectors.
Its first major project took recognised best practice from the 2001 Ministerial Conference and analysed how those successes could be replicated more widely.
The 15 years have now passed, and in the meantime, other networks and initiatives such as ePractice, Major Cities of Europe, Euro-Cities have provided a good platform for this general work, whilst we ourselves have specialised into two distinct areas as a result of much of the project work we have been directly engaged with.
These two areas are Identity Management and EU-China Smart Cities. We hope to continue for at least another 15 years contributing to these very important areas.
More recent achievements have included the establishment of the European Observatory on Identity Theft (link) and the EU-China Smart Cities Joint Laboratory (link)
E-Forum has been involved in a variety of projects. Examples of past projects can be found on our repository page.