‘Digitale Regio Kortrijk’ is a shared platform for transactions and information in municipal websites. The 12 municipalities in the region of Kortrijk use the same platform to publish information online. All partners share costs, infrastructure, content and experience. The intermunicipal organisation Leiedal coordinates the project and strives for continuous innovation.
The collaboration has existed since 1995, during the early days of the internet. In 2009, Drupal was used to create a new platform. The approach when building these websites makes the project unique:
The collaboration between the 12 municipalities not only helps these partners to save on costs. The main advantage of the collaboration lies in the collaboration itself. The group joins every month, uses a mailing list and an online platform to help direct the project and support in developing new applications. Content is being shared between the different websites and content is shared with different partners such as the Flemish government (UiTdatabank, Flemish product catalogue), back-office suppliers and the province of West-Flanders. Some of their data has been made accessible on openbelgium.be.
Since the launch of the new websites in 2009 the number of citizens using the websites raised dramatically. In comparison to the year 2008 the number of unique visitors in 2010 was 80% higher. The website of Kortrijk received 1.1 million visits and had almost 4 million page views in 2010.
|Award category:||opening up the public sector|
|Type of activity:|
|Keywords:||Websites, communication, collaboration|
|Short English description:||‘Digitale Regio Kortrijk’ is a shared platform for transactions and information in municipal websites.|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||50-100|
|Number of people involved:||1-5|
|EU membership:||EU member|