Base Registries Access and Interconnection Framework (BRAIF)

Base Registries Access and Interconnection Framework (BRAIF) aims to guide on the creation of an ecosystem of interconnected base registries which exchange data and, therefore, facilitate the set up of integrated public services.

    In the context of the European Strategy for Data, BRAIF supports its implementation by provision to Member States of a set of good practices in the area of base registries interconnection, allowing secure cross-border sharing of data, and establishing a base for the future European Registry of Base Registries.

    The current state of Base Registries in Member States indicates they are in different phases of maturity, hindering, thus, their ability to implement any common data framework. Here you can see how the move from a legacy environment to a future state of affairs should look like. 

    The purpose of BRAIF is to help overcome the barriers which can hinder the process for reforming the state of Base Registries in Member States, by providing the support in the following aspects:

    1. With a clear methodology and a systematic approach, BRAIF enables Base Registry access, interconnection and integration.
    2. BRAIF defines a common terminology and regulated procedures on national and cross-border levels between Member States. This should be the basis for a common language for Base Registry Interoperability (BRI).
    3. It will provide the means for data quality and management plans by defining the systematic approach for integrated digital public services.
    4. It will improve the coordination and control between State officials, as the common language of BRI, thus, fostering Organisational Interoperability.
    5. It will support the development of technical and semantic requirements that in turn will support the creation of Base Registries.
    6. BRAIF will strengthen policy drafting and a national and cross-border interoperability strategy.
    7. It will enable the efficient, agile and secure reuse of data and services to better serve citizens and businesses.
    Breaking barriers


    In order Member States to be able to:

    • be more efficient and have effective access to information across borders, when establishing European-level integrated public services;
    • establish quicker and easier national and European-level public services;
    • reduce administrative burdens;
    • accelerate the development cycle of Base Registries;
    • promote the discovery and reusability of existing solutions;
    • improve transparency;

    BRAIF provides detailed guidance to public administrations on what elements should be present in an optimal scenario in their base registries and registry of registries, and for the implementation of cross-border access and interconnection of Base Registries.

    It is recommended to read the whole document and find those examples and recommendations which will be the most efficient in the country in question.  However, the main steps are presented below:

    data model

    Conceptual model and Phases 

    Defines a series of steps to take in order to establish structure-based Base Registries that enable the delivery of cross-border integrated public services.

    Interconnection infrastructure

     Describes how architecture can allow interoperability between interconnected base registries.