Title: E-government and farm management agricultural services in Greece

Authors: Thomas Bournaris, Basil Manos, Maro Vlachopoulou, Vicky Manthou

Addresses: Department of Agricultural Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54124, Greece. ' Department of Agricultural Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54124, Greece. ' Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Egnatia 156, Thessaloniki 54006, Greece. ' Department of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, Egnatia 156, Thessaloniki 54006, Greece

Abstract: The large volume of non-classified agricultural information over the internet increases the need of developing agricultural portals, where everyone involved with agriculture will be able to have access to the information easily and quickly. Portals play a key role in e-government, as they are the main access points for citizens to local, regional or national e-administration. The portals are the front office of public administration and provide tools for the formulation and submission of citizen|s questions and compose and present the answers as results. In this context, and because of the lack of a well organised agricultural portal in Greece, we designed and developed agroGOV, an agricultural portal for e-government and farm management. This paper presents the development tools, the structure and the content of the portal. AgroGOV also includes e-government services, applications, tools and decision support systems for farm management. Two of the main farm management applications of agroGOV portal are also presented in this paper.

Keywords: e-government; electronic government; farm management; farm planning; web portals; agriculture; farming; farmers; decision making; web applications; agricultural services; Greece; non-classified information; internet; world wide web; information access; electronic administration; access points; citizens; local government; regional government; national government; e-administration; regions; public administration; question formulation; answers; agroGOV; decision support systems; business innovation; R&D; research and development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2011.041054

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2011 Vol.5 No.4, pp.325 - 337

Published online: 30 Jun 2011 *

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