Technological freedom

Portugal revises interoperability rules

Published on: 31/01/2018

Portugal has revised its National Digital Interoperability Regulation (RNID) “to align with European guidelines”, reports the country’s Agency for Administrative Modernisation (Agência para a Modernização Administrativa, AMA).

The new RNID was published on 5 January to promote the use of open standards for digital information in public administration, the government writes in an introduction. The RNID should also contribute to the technological freedom of citizens and organisations, and to the interoperability of government computer systems.

The new version should help improve access to information, preserve documents and reduce licence costs, the AMA says in its announcement.

A comparison of the new RNID with previous version shows that 19 standards have been added and two removed. For example, for geographic information systems (GIS) the 2018 RNID adds eight OGC and OpenGIS standards, developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium.

RNID 2018 also includes ArchiMate 2.1, an enterprise architecture modelling language, AutoCAD DXF for exchanging computer-aided design files, and JSON, a text and object markup format for browser-server communication.

The two standards removed are XML 1.0 and REST. These are superseded by XML 1.1, and WSDL and SOAP respectively.

The RNID takes effect 180 days after its publication.

More information:

Resolution by the Council of Ministers no. 2/2018 (in Portuguese)
Anouncement by the AMA (in Portuguese)