Estonian Interoperability Framework





Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Short Description

The Estonian Interoperability Framework (Interoperability Framework of the State Information System) provides the most relevant decisions concerning open standards. Public sector agrees, at the guidance of the open standards working group and in cooperation with other concerned parties, on the minimum set of public sector open standards, compliance with which is compulsory for the public sector. The choice and assessment of standards is public and balanced.

Below, there is a list of the most relevant open standards, which institutions should use when communicating with one another or the public, on web sites and in public registers. With regard to in-house communication, institutions are allowed, although it is not recommended, to use other formats.

  • CSV (Comma Separated Value [.csv]) – platform independent format for submitting sheet data
  • HTML (HyperText Markup Language [.html]) – hypertext markup language for creating web documents
  • BDOC – digital signature format, to replace DDOC,  Estonian standard EVS 821:2009
  • DDOC – digital signature format, will be replaced with BDOC
  • JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group [.jpg]) – graphics format
  • GZIP – package format
  • MPEG (Moving Picture Experts Group [.mpeg]) – video format
  • ODF (Open Document Format [.odf]) – open document format for office applications; ODFsub-formats are .odb (database), .odf (formula), .odg (drawing), .odp (presentation), .ods (spreadsheets) ja .odt (texts)
  • PDF (Portable Document Format [.pdf]) – platform independent document format
  • PDF/A (Portable Document Format/Archive) – format for archiving .pdf files
  • PNG (Portable Network Graphics [.png]) – raster graphics format
  • SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic [.svg]) – vector graphics format
  • TIFF (Tagged Image File Format [.tif]) – raster graphics format
  • TXT (Plain Text, Text File [.txt]) – plain unprocessed text format
  • XHTML (Extensible Hypertext Markup Language [xhtml]) – extensible hypertext markup language
  • XML (Extensible Hypertext Markup Language [.xml]) – hypertext markup language

External links and documents

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