Experts: New Book on Interope…

Experts: New Book on Interoperability - Call for chapters

Published on: 20/10/2008

Yannis Charalabidis is a Computer Engineer and holds a PhD in Complex Information Systems Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He is calling for chapters for a new book on interoperability, with IGI Global. Read the whole interview for more information.

If you are involved in Organisational, Semantic or Technical Interoperability initiatives and application projects, for Public Administration or Private Enterprises, there is now a new title where you can share your achievements with a broader audience. See the call for chapters for the recommended topics and the submission process (chapters proposals due by 15 December 2008).

If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact Yannis Charalabidis

SEMIC.EU Mr. Charalabidis you are planning to publish a book on interoperability. How does your new book contribute to the broad research area of interoperability?

Yannis Charalabidis This new title is aiming at presenting novel approaches for achieving better service delivery, in an interoperability-lead way.

Recent works have shown that interoperability is a very useful capacity of organisations and systems: it can assist governments and enterprises jump onto the next streams of service delivery. By setting and solving specific, highly repeatable patterns of interoperability problems, scientists and practitioners can now greatly assist in achieving record-time/high-quality electronic service delivery. This book is about such approaches that are a best mix of scientific novelty, methodological excellence and overall impact for citizens and businesses.

Having said that, we also need a completely new approach towards the interoperability practice: formalisation methods, assessment metrics, complexity algebra, conceptual theory, logic and rules, ontology engineering, simulation and stochastic methods are now to show their potential within this 'discipline of many disciplines'. Adding theory to practice, and being able to generalise this new knowledge will now be mostly needed in enterprise interoperability. But mostly, as the first prototypes of such approaches, driven by talented researchers, are finding their ways in public administration and businesses worldwide, we are keen to show how scientific excellence leads to better services for all.

SEMIC.EU Who do you want to read your book?

Yannis Charalabidis Primary audience for this title are Public Administration Officials, at local or national level, engaged both in organisational design and ICT deployment ? this is probably the most demanding and influential sub-group, as well as Researchers and Practitioners in the Electronic Government, Electronic Business and Interoperability Domains.

University Students and Professors of Computer and Management Sciences may also find it useful, as supportive but also primary material, for some progressed courses on Enterprise Interoperability. By the way, this term (EI) conveys much of the needed meaning of achieving interoperability across enterprise structures, at legal, organisational, semantic and technical levels. Not to forget the audience group of ICT industry experts, engaged in eGovernment and eBusiness projects and solutions with high quality demands. Finally, policy makers and decision drivers at local, national or international level will also find some useful and repeatable patterns.

SEMIC.EU In your call for chapters you are stating that the European Union recognised the importance of interoperability. How can the EU ensure that eGovernment services become better in the future?

Yannis Charalabidis There are numerous events lately, indicating the EU constitutional bodies are realising the importance of interoperability and its relation to substantially better services for European Citizens and Businesses. The Services Directive (2006), the Commission Communication on Interoperability (2006), the INSPIRE Directive (2007) and the continuous update of the i2010 Initiative, all show that this new characteristic for systems, processes and organisations is at least understood and targeted for, by politicians and executives of the European Union.

European Commission is also putting much effort in working together with experts and country representatives on high-importance initiatives. To mention only the few I follow upon, recently:

The new version of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF), an important tool for governments and enterprises, expected within 2009.

The SEMIC project, the first repository of well-defined data and semantics structures for the 27 member states. Both EIF and SEMIC are run by IDABC.

The Enterprise Interoperability Research Roadmap, in its new version published March 2008, showing the directions and the 'hottest issues' for ICT research and development, published by the DG INFSO-MED.

The CEN/ISSS standardisation committees and workshops, aiming at upgrading standardisation in eGovernment, including interoperability issues.

The INTEROP-Vlab, the largest international network of researchers and industries for Enterprise Interoperability.

The Greek Interoperability Centre, a new EU initiative for Public Administration and Enterprise Interoperability in South-Eastern Europe, based in Athens.

Of course, 'aiming at' does not mean 'achieving'. We need to convince more executives, decision makers, enterprises and also citizens that they deserve better: digital public services of unrivalled quality and impact can certainly be designed, implemented and sustained - if we strive for a radical modernisation. Attacking the highest-scoring inhibitor in recent i2010 surveys, that is interoperability, is certainly a good way to start. Having an ability to avoid soon-to-be-obsolete options, and picking on the highest return on investment, should soon be the second logical step. Then, any solution has to involve governments, businesses and citizens ? all playing the roles of provider and consumer of services, thus having a share in deciding for, funding and controlling the new infrastructures. In this complex world, I hope that this title will show once again that well-designed, practical, repeatable, valuable patterns exist and can help, when changing things.

SEMIC.EU Thank you Mr. Charalabidis