To support the European Interoperability principles of openness, transparency and reusability, the National Interoperability Framework Observatory part of the ISA2 programme has endeavoured to make more of its material available on HTML and linked open data (LOD). A recent example of this trend has been the publication of the latest edition of the Digital Government factsheets in both LOD and HTML open formats.
Linked open data is one of the components of the Semantic Web, which seeks to link different datasets in order to make them not only readable for humans, but also for machines. The result of these linkages is that data information silos are broken down, which in turn allows for the use of more efficient extensions that can easily be updated. LOD is a blend of both Linked Data and Open Data: it is both linked and uses open sources, which enables the reuse and modification of information by developers to suit the specific needs of organisations.
This year’s Digital Government factsheets have been published in both LOD and HTML on the European Union Open Data Portal (EU ODP). The EU ODP enables access to open data published by EU institutions and bodies, which can then be reused for commercial or non-commercial purposes. The significance of publishing the most recent Digital Government factsheets in open formats therefore lies in the fact that this information will now be free for use by researches, developers, IT experts significantly widening the reach and impact of this information but also its potential reuse, as it will now be possible to integrate this data into new functionalities and applications.
As this year’s Digital Government Factsheets’ publication cycle concludes, it will from now on be possible to view the information on Member State’s policies, legal frameworks, main actors and infrastructures supporting Digital Government under a different light, as this will become living information that can be extracted and used by different users inside and outside of the EU.
For more information on the trends affecting the modernisation of public administrations and the interoperability of digital public services you may continue to visit the NIFO suite on Joinup, where you will find additional resources monitoring this area.