Location Interoperability Framework Observatory (LIFO)


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LIFO The Location Interoperability Framework Observatory (LIFO) is a domain-specific observatory relating to location interoperability. It provides a tool to monitor, assess and report on the state of play of location data in Member States' digital government programmes.


Benefits of LIFO

The LIFO aims to complement the National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) that monitors, assesses and reports the progress in implementing the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). It collects and shares details across all levels of the EIF relating to important initiatives in the Member States, uncovering best practices, areas needing improvement or where solutions could be developed.

The information collected through the observatory can be used to assess the current status, compare countries and plan appropriate measures, including potential partnerships and identifying opportunities for sharing solutions. More in detail:

  • it helps achieve the objectives of the EULF, for example: policy coherence, effective use of location information in digital public services, standards-based approaches, attention to data quality, effective partnerships, and increased awareness and skills;
  • as a complementary tool for NIFO (and thanks to the alignment between EULF and EIF), LIFO helps monitor how the EIF is implemented in the geospatial domain;
  • it provides visibility and access to guidelines and best practices for each country and across countries, for reuse and/or suggestion of similar / connected developments;
  • it can be used as a self-assessment tool for the public administrations towards their implementation of location interoperability, both internally and cross-border.

    LIFO Model and Data Collection

    The LIFO Model is composed of Primary (i.e. user-filled) and Secondary (i.e. re-used from existing sources such as INSPIRE) indicators that measure the current level of adoption of the recommendations on location interoperability in the EULF Blueprint focus areas:

    • Policy and Strategy Alignment
    • Digital Government Integration
    • Standardisation and reuse
    • Return on investment
    • Governance, partnerships, and capabilities

    The LIFO 2019 survey was based on EULF Blueprint v3. The LIFO 2020 survey is based on EULF Blueprint v4. The Blueprint content is available online (see also the video).

    To better support respondents during the data collection an FAQ page has been set up to shown the most common inquiries. Visit the LIFO's FAQ page.

    The LIFO survey is carried out annually, using EUSurvey. In 2019, the first LIFO Data Collection ('Wave 1') was launched with the support of the  participating countries AT, BE, CZ, DK, FR, IT, NO, PT, SK and SI, as members of the ISA² Programme ELISE ‘User Panel’.  The LIFO 2020 Data Collection ('Wave 2') is being further extended to a wider panel of EU Member States, plus other ISA²  participating countries in 2020 to capture the full status of location interoperability across Europe.

    LIFO Outputs

    LIFO provides a number of outputs:

    • Country Factsheets provide an overview of location interoperability state of play in each participating country, reflecting the implementation of the EULF Blueprint recommendations in the different focus areas. The documents also include best practices, providing highlights on initiatives and applications in different domains demonstrating the benefits of a consistent use and integration of location information in policy and digital public services.
    • European Location Interoperability State of Play Report provides an overview of the European location interoperability state of play through a series of indicators organised in charts, and of a selection (national and/or European) of best practices demonstrating the benefits of a consistent use and integration of location information in policy and digital public services.
    • Guidelines and Use Cases provide national and European stakeholders with indications on how to operate the LIFO and how to make the best use of it to promote and implement location interoperability both at national and European level.
    LIFO Factsheets and State of Play LIFO Guidelines & Use cases

    Latest News

    News Link to the news item Date
    LIFO 2020 data collection has started Check it out here September 2020


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