Several researchers have pointed out that the field of eGovernment suffers from a too short-termed, project oriented, retrospective focus and a naïve technological optimism. Reflexive, critical analysis, cumulative research and altered use of theoretical frames are asked for, in order to increase the practical value. However, in front of fulfilling such expectations, the reality is that we get the research we are asking for, and we are asking for the research we know exist. In this paper we claim that eGovernment research would benefit from redefining practice and relevance. We argue that the relations between researchers and practitioners within the eGovernment field should be focused. In order to conduct eGovernment research that meets the criteria of being both rigorous and relevant, an on-going discussion between academia and practice must be facilitated. This paper addresses this need for joint knowledge arenas by putting forward an initiative to establish a national network of eGovernment researchers and practitioners from private and public sector.