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Municipality of Barcelos sets example of administrative modernization with the e-Urbanism platform

The citizens of Barcelos benefit from direct access to their urban development processes through an online platform developed and implemented by Eurotux.
Published on 2013-12-20

The Municipality of Barcelos is at the avant-garde of administrative modernization by providing the e-Urbanism platform to its citizens. e-Urbanism is an online platform for viewing urban development processes and submitting items. The platform allows applicants to lookup the state of their projects and submit new documents. The platform supports the use of the digital certificate of the Citizen’s Card (Portuguese national identity card), making the authentication process more secure and in compliance with modern e-Government practices.

This project aims to streamline the life of Barcelos’ citizens directly affecting the municipality’s functioning, as it allows for cost reduction, and maximizing the use of currently available resources, and providing the best, most transparent, and quickest response to citizen’s needs.

Eurotux implemented and parameterized the platform in partnership with the Municipality of Barcelos’ team. Several internal systems were integrated directly interacting with the platform resorting to open source solutions. All systems can be managed internally by Barcelos’ city council.

The open source Plone CMS was used, integrated with Barcelos’ internal platform and Java applets. The CMS was personalized to address the specific needs of the project and the Municipality of Barcelos. There is now greater usability and interoperability while the platform is extendable to new features, fostering scalability and the institution’s sustainable development.

The innovative nature of this project was recognized by several governmental agencies with Eurotux being invited to participated in an event promoted by AMA (the Portuguese Agency for Administrative Modernization, in partnership with ESOP (the Association of Portuguese Open Source Software Businesses) where it presented this project and spoke about the advantages of using open source solutions.