Printing centralisation

Cutting local copies cost with open standardisation under EUPL

Published on: 27/02/2019
Last update: 14/11/2019

The printing, sending and delivery of local copies represents important costs for municipalities. Five important Dutch cities known as the “G5” (Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven) are promoting the “Haal Centraal” (Get it centrally) with the purpose to outsource the provision of municipalities basic data exchanged with relevant national registration authorities like the Land Registry, the Chamber of Commerce (KVK), the Identity Data Agency (RvIG). This should lead to a substantial reduction of local copies done, printed and sent at municipalities.

The concept was tested in a pilot project of the municipality of The Hague with the Land Registry.

The idea is to provide a central alternative in case a municipal activity includes the delivery of local copies. This alternative works as a National Registration API (application programming interface) delivered under the European Union Public Licence (EUPL-1.2).

For municipalities the API added value is as follows:

  • faster connection with relevant customers
  • unique secure connection to manage (for the 351 municipalities)
  • lower investments (no local copy / data warehouse)
  • lower management costs (no data management local copies)
  • higher return on investment
  • better technology-business alignment (with a single API to update)
  • more focus on customers' business demand (instead of updating local copies)
  • maximum compliancy on the municipal software market (connection municipality x = 100% reusable in municipality y)

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