eEnviPer is an EU-funded project aiming to provide an integrated web-based platform for the application, administration and consultation of environmental permits, thereby making the environmental permitting process more transparent, more accessible and more efficient. The platform will be available in early 2014 after intensive field tests in five European countries (Croatia, Greece, Italy, Serbia and Turkey).
eEnviPer uses innovative technical approaches such as public sector cloud services and service-oriented architecture(SOA) to build open, flexible and collaborative e-government services while at the same time lowering information and communication technology (ICT)costs. The use of an internet-enabled platform such as eEnviPer can be a first step for municipalities and permitting authorities to make their permitting processes more cost effective, transparent and user-friendly. The system offers the possibility for public administrations to easily deploy both new services and existing procedures as shared services. The platform can also access locally available data sources such as geospatial information through industry-standard XML-based interfaces.
This paper examines the cloud computing aspects of the eEnviPer platform in detail. The first section introduces cloud computing, cloud based services and deployment models. The second section analyses the transition and the benefits of government services into cloud implementation. Finally, the last section focuses on features of the eEnviPer platform as a cloud based service.