NIFO Community Newsletter Oct…

NIFO Community Newsletter October 2012

Published on: 15/11/2012


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Welcome to the October 2012 Edition of the NIFO Community newsletter. In this issue you can read about the updates of the Member States, the publication of an Interoperability Policy by MITA and the Contribution of open source to Europe’s economy: 450 billion per year. Please visit our News and Events section to find out more.
We want to thank the following countries that have replied to our request and have provided information related to their NIF or the work-in-progress related to interoperability initiatives. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the countries that have posted on joinup and we invite everyone to post any news, event or question that they may have regarding NIF and interoperability.
  • Cyprus responded that their tender procedure was delayed due to budget constraints. It has been initiated after the relevant budget approval and currently the applicable tenders submitted are under evaluation. According to current timeframes the tender award is expected in Q1 2013, thus the results of the relevant study are expected in Q3 2013.
  • Denmark states that is still the pivot point for actual work under the NIF. However, as a result of the government reorganisation after the general election last fall, NITA has been dismantled and the NIF related tasks have been consolidated in the newly formed Danish Agency for Digitisation (DAD) within the Ministry of Finance. This means that most textual information about interoperability efforts in DK can be found at the agency web site, The main new NIF related initiatives are the new digitisation strategy (2011-2015) and under that the initiative (initiative 9.4) to establish an architecture overview (a cartography of reusable common components).
  • Estonia has new versions of four interoperability documents, the Interoperability framework, the Web framework, the Software framework and the Security framework. Estonia started with Open Data framework, which will be ready in 2013.
  • Greece noted that regarding the Greek NIF there are no radical changes since last year apart from the issuance of the Ministerial Decision that defines clearly the rules and guidelines that a system should comply with.
  • Italy has many novelties in their ICT scenario with direct and indirect impact on interoperability. There are very recent laws to consider and new activities assigned to the "Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale", which is the unique reference point of contact with the Europe responsible for implementing the Digital Agenda, and which incorporates three public bodies including DigitPA.
  • Liechtenstein reacted to the request for information. They sent a high level factsheet that has been elaborated some years ago. Although currently there is no a formal NIF the provided factsheet has been updated and validated.
  • Lithuania has not published a national interoperability framework yet. Lithuania has adopted The Law of Management of Government Information Resources, available in Lithuanian. The factsheet is being updated and will soon be published.
  • Slovakia states no changes to the factsheet.
  • Spain sent explanations about the interoperability agreements. They also stressed the fact that in Spain interoperability is embedded in the legal framework of eGovernment. The factsheet was drafted and sent to Spain for review.
  • Sweden replied with information and an update of the factsheet will be done.
  • Switzerland has published a new version of They are also working on a lot of initiatives. The factsheet has been updated and sent to Switzerland for review.
  • United Kingdom is working through the results of the public consultation on Open Standards. Subject to ministerial approval, they hope to publish before the end of the calendar year (if not sooner) and this will mean they do have changes to make to the NIFO entry. Until the policy has been approved, the entry on the NIFO remains the same.
We want to thank the following countries that have replied to our request for detailed information on set-up, obstacles and benefits of a NIF. We will organise conference calls with the following countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta and Poland. A conference call with Spain has already been held.   We want to thank the following countries that have replied in October to our offer for assistance.
  • Austria is still working on the NIF, they have requested assistance to be delivered around the end of the year
  • Liechtenstein will provide a LIE-NIF by the end of this year. They would appreciate support by receiving assistance in the creation process of the NIF by actions like reviewing a draft document.
Publication date: 17/10/2012 MITA publishes an Interoperability Policy To complement the National ICT Interoperability Framework (NIF), the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) has published an Interoperability Policy within the GMICT Policy framework (responsible for the upkeep of the Government of Malta ICT Policies, Directives and Standards). As with the NIF, this Policy aims to ensure that maximum benefit is derived from all technology investments in Government, by introducing ICT resources that are flexible, reusable and interoperable. It provides direction to the public sector about interoperable public services, formalised specifications, accredited data and identity provisioning. Read more   Publication date: 11/10/2012 Contribution of open source to Europe's economy: 450 billion per year The European economy is saving around 114 billion euro per year by using open source software solutions. Apart from direct costs savings, other benefits of open source result in reduced project failure and lower costs for code maintenance. Reinvestment of these savings leads to an increase in productivity and efficiency worth at least 342 billion euro a year, according to estimates published by open source researcher Carlo Daffara. "Decidedly not a marginal contribution to the European economy." Read more