The Core Public Service Vocabulary is a simplified, reusable and extensible data model that captures the fundamental characteristics of a service offered by public administration.
The latest version of the Core Vocabularies can be downloaded from
(direct link to version 1.1)
Why is the Core Public Service Vocabulary needed?
Even within the same country, public services are documented following different flavours of national, regional or local public service models. Additionally, public service descriptions delivered through e-Government portals are usually unstructured and not machine-readable. This fragmented view of the public service concept and the absence of machine-readable public service descriptions impact the quality and the efficiency of public service provision, increases administrative burdens and makes public service provision more costly. This is a major obstacle for the Single Market.
It is currently impossible or very hard to:
The Core Public Service Vocabulary aims to offer a technology independent, generic representation of a service provided by public administration. The vocabulary will emerge as the common denominator of existing national, regional and local public service models, providing a lingua franca that will enable the seamless exchange of services and information across different e-Government systems.
The Core Public Service Vocabulary will help realise some very important use cases.
Date: February 2013
The Core Public Service Vocabulary Working Group will be open to all different types of stakeholders that partake in the public service provision process.
Finally, individuals (i.e. citizens) who are interested in providing their view on how they perceive a public service may also participate in the working group.
To express your interest in participating in the Working Group either apply directly via Joinup or email: nikolaos [dot] loutas [at] pwc [dot] be.
Below you can find all the practical information on the tools used by the Core Public Service Working Group to collaborate. Please click the links if referred to another page.
All working group members will be invited to participate in a limited number of online meetings and will have the ability to contribute to and review the specification of the proposed vocabulary. During the consultation process a number of interim drafts of the specification will be produced by our team, before the final draft is published. Each interim draft will be open to comments, input and feedback from the working group members.