EUPL in Germany

The German Federal Development Portal

Published on: 01/06/2022

The German Federal IT Cooperation (FITKO) develops the Federal Development Portal as a part of the IT Planning Council project “FIT-Connect the Federal”. This portal (source code licensed under the EUPL) is the central place for technical documentation, development resources and implementation examples on standards and interfaces of the IT infrastructure of the German Federal State and of the 16 federated Länderns.

The Portal is also a central contact point for software developers. Developers play a central role in the implementation of digital applications for the administration. They must be able to create reusable solutions quickly and efficiently, and to share it under open terms that protect their investment, even when reused by internet service providers and industry, as the case may be. The primary target group of the Portal are therefore software developers who develop software for public administration in the context of federal IT infrastructures of the federal and state governments.

In order to reduce the existing hurdles in obtaining information about technical framework conditions as well as existing standards and interfaces, existing information offers are bundled in this portal and supplemented by additional information offers. Opening up the existing efforts to as many actors as possible and their effective coordination and cooperation is necessary in order to efficiently use the strengths of the federally organized German administration with its distributed resources.

The Portal intents to reduce development costs for everyone involved and thus to accelerate the implementation of projects. This promotes the development of an innovative solution ecosystem and creates a "single point of truth" that all developers, service and implementation managers can use as a guide.

The Federal Development Portal is part of the IT Planning Council project FIT-Connect and is being developed by the Federal IT Cooperation (FITKO) with funds from the digitization budget.

While the source code is licensed under the European Union Public Licence (EUPL), the content of the site is licensed, unless otherwise noted, under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License (CC BY 4.0).

The choice of these open legal interoperability tools, that corresponds also to the choices of the European Commission for its own source code and content, should increase the possibilities of sharing and reusing copyrighted assets across Europe and beyond.

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