BREG DCAT Tools - Pilot in Member States

To date, the ABR Team collaborated with some Member States and collected use cases that would be interesting for Member States, and concluded the pilot phase by implementing two proofs of concept, as described below:

Implementation of DCAT-AP-NO in Norway (by the Norwegian Digitalisation Agency - Digdir)

Reduce interoperability barriers for ID validation in Malta (by the Malta Information Technology Agency - mita)

participants of pilot

                                                                   Figure 1. Participants of Pilot - Norway and Malta

An overview of the common steps carried out by the ABR Team for each MS pilot implementation is presented below:

  1. Identify existing catalogues that are relevant to the pilot;
  2. Model these catalogues using BRegDCAT-AP v2.00;
  3. Harvest and merge the catalogues into a triple store;
  4. Use a faceted browser for catalogues to test interoperability.

The outcomes of the pilots have been successful and are recognised as such by the stakeholders. Each pilot has proved that the participating Member States are interested in working together to harmonise their information, facilitating the provision of public service descriptions to citizens and businesses.

The pilots demonstrate that working with the BRegDCAT-AP as a common vocabulary addresses challenges, such as information spread, non-harmonised information and a number of other issues.

Removing or reducing the impact of these challenges increases the access and reach of citizens and businesses to information on public services, as well as improving the efficiency of how that information is created and exchanged.

The pilots have successfully demonstrated the utility, reusability and adaptability of the tools. In addition, the pilots have led to several improvements in the tools. Some of them were applied immediately, while others were logged for next steps and opportunities for the future.