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TIMAPS v1.0.0 BETA version

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Name of the solution: TIMAPS v1.0.0 BETA version

Solution's owner: DG DIGIT, European Commission, Europe

Description: This is the Beta version of the Technical Interoperability Maturity Assessment of a Public Service (TIMAPS) survey.

This Beta version of the TIMAPS survey has been released on the 02 July 2020 on Joinup.

It is a user-friendly online questionnaire, designed as a self-assessment tool to assist public service owners to evaluate key technical interoperability aspects of their digital public service.

The current Beta version of TIMAPS (TIMAPS v1.0.0 Beta) is available at the EU survey portal: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/timaps-beta

This release is composed of the following elements:

Type of solution: Assessment tool

Disclaimer

Please note that this survey is still under development and is published only for testing purposes.

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TIMAPS solution v1.0.0 implements the following:

Principles Interoperability layers Conceptual model
Subsidiarity and proportionality ✅ Interoperability Governance Catalogues
Transparency Technical interoperability  
Reusability  
✅ Technological neutrality    
User-centricity    
✅ Multilingualism    


TIMAPS solution v1.0.0 implements the following recommendations as explained below:

✅ Recommendation 1  | Principle 1: Subsidiarity and proportionality
TIMAPS is a self-assessment tool, designed for public service owners to evaluate key semantic technical interoperability aspects of their digital public service.

✅ Recommendation 5  | Principle 3: Transparency
Question D8 of the Service Delivery section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses whether the public service is adequately described so as to be easily retrieved by an end-user and/or other public services.

✅ Recommendation 7  | Principle 4: Reusability 
Question D12 of the Service Delivery section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses whether the public service delivery is based on already existing IT solutions and services.
Furthermore, question C1 of the Service Consumption section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses the extent of the different data sources that a public service is able to consume, along with the circumstances under which it does so (ad-hoc, formal processes, etc.). The higher the number of different data sources that are consumed, the greater the maturity, efficiency and effectiveness of a public service is, as it is able to address the complexity of the harmonization and process of different data models, formats, etc.

✅ Recommendation 8  | Principle 5: Technological neutrality and data portability
Question D14 of the Service Delivery section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses whether a digital public service is dependent on specific technologies e.g. RPC, CORBA  or if it uses neutral technologies that do not impose any specific options and therefore can operate on a variety of technological platforms and can be used easily by other public services. Furthermore, question C6 of the Service Consumption section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses to which extent the public service depends on specific technologies and standards while consuming services from other services.

✅ Recommendation 9  | Principle 5: Technological neutrality and data portability
Question D4 of the Service Delivery section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses whether data exchange patterns are in place for the data, information and knowledge delivered by a public service to other client services. Furthermore, question C4 of the Service Consumption section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses what data exchange patterns are in place for the data, information and knowledge consumed by the public service from other client services.

✅ Recommendation 10  | Principle 6: User-centricity
Question D10 of the Service Delivery section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses the user experience of a public service by examining whether the public service supports multiple and different hardware and software.
Question D9 of the Service Delivery section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses the number of channels through which digital services are delivered. It encourages the delivery of services through multiple channels (i.e. higher score).

✅ Recommendation 16  | Principle 9: Multilingualism
Question D6 of the Service Delivery section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses the extent to which multilingualism is supported by a public service. 
Multilingualism in the context of computing indicates that a digital public service dynamically supports two or more languages.

✅ Recommendation 23 | Interoeprability layer: Interoperability governance
Question D3 of the Service Delivery section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses whether core vocabularies are used within a public service to exchange data, information and knowledge among existing information systems.

✅ Recommendation 33  | Interoeprability layer: Techical interoperability
TIMAPS assesses the behavioural aspects of a digital public service, from the technical interoperability viewpoint. Question D2 of the Service Delivery section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses if specific technical means are used by a digital public service for the delivery of data, information and knowledge to its end-users or between the information systems of the public service. 

✅ Recommendation 44  | Conceptual Model: Catalogues
Question D7 of the Service Delivery section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses the means by which the digital public service is visible (discoverable) to other public services or end-users.  Service visibility examines how easily the digital public service delivered is being discovered by another public service or by an end-user.
Furthermore, question C5 of the Service Consumption section of the TIMAPS questionnaire assesses how easily the consumed public service is discovered by another public service or by an end-user. 

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