EIF Perspective attributes of CEF Context Broker

General information

Name of the solution: CEF Context Broker

Solution's owner: European Commission - DG CONNECT

Description:

CEF Context Broker is an API that can integrate data from multiple systems, creating a holistic view of information.

By providing the layer that describes each type of data, the Context Broker makes it possible to create an interface that makes it easy for anyone to view and interpret big data. Using the Context Broker, organisations can monitor their metrics in real time through live updates. You can share the context information you choose with third parties, enabling process improvements and innovation across the whole data value chain.

Type of solution: Common services
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The CEF Context Broker implements the following:

CEF Context Broker implements the following EIF recommendations as explained below:

  • Recommendation 4 | Openness

    The CEF Context Broker is based on open specifications and open standards.

  • Recommendation 5 | Transparency

    Context Broker provides a transparent interface (API) so that organisations can integrate data from multiple systems, creating a holistic view of information.

  • Recommendation 6 | Reusability

    Context Broker provides specifications, a core platform and reference implementation software which can be used by organisations. By reusing context broker, organisations can integrate data from multiple systems counting on increased analysis capacity.

  • Recommendation 7 | Reusability

    The CEF Context Broker enables organisations (including but not limited to public administrations) to manage and share data in real-time. The CEF Context Broker enables organisations (including but not limited to public administrations) to manage and share data in real-time. 

  • Recommendation 9 | Technological neutrality and data portability

    Given that CEF Context Broker provides FIWARE NGSI API, it helps to ensure data sharing and portability. 

  • Recommendation 17 | Administrative simplification

    By enabling sharing and reuse of data in real time, Context Broker contributes to the simplification or processes and services received by citizens and businesses, hence reducing administrative burden. 

  • Recommendation 30 | Semantic interoperability

    Context Broker enables the integration of data from multiple systems and supports organisations to display and understand their data. 

  • Recommendation 32 | Semantic interoperability

    The CEF Context Broker encourages community driven development and updates of standards, hence involving a wide range of stakeholders in its maintenance and development. 

  • Recommendation 33 | Technical interoperability

    The Context Broker building block is fully compliant with and provide reference implementations of the Context Information Management API standard set by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). 

  • Recommendation 8 | Technological neutrality and data portability

    The CEF Context Broker provides the FIWARE NGSI API, which is a RESTful API, hence enabling various applications to provide updates and get access to context information (i.e. does not impose any technological restrictions).