The European Commission has recently released its annual Rolling Plan on ICT Standardisation, which identifies ICT standardisation activities that support EU policies.
The Rolling Plan for ICT Standardisation provides a unique bridge between EU policies and standardisation activities in the field of information and communication technologies (ICT) and thus, it allows for increased convergence of the efforts of standardisation makers towards European policy goals. The document is the result of a yearly dialogue involving a wide range of representatives of the major standardisation stakeholders as represented in the multi-stakeholder platform on ICT standardisation.
The role of Core Vocabularies, ADMS and DCAT-AP
The plan of this year highlights once more the importance of the European Commission’s contribution, in the context of ISA2 Programme, in the area of eGovernment interoperability through 3 streams of work:
- DCAT-AP as a data standard to describe public sector data catalogues and data sets, promoting the exchange of data across portals in Europe. DCAT-AP extensions covering geospatial datasets (GeoDCAT-AP) and statistical datasets (StatDCAT-AP) have also been finalised;
- ADMS as a metadata description of semantic specifications and standards, which allows the exchange of metadata on re-usable interoperability assets among national and international repositories; and
- Core Vocabularies as generic, simplified and extensible data models of important master data types used across public administration information systems and applications. They facilitate the development of interoperable IT solutions by ensuring a minimum level of interoperability for public administration master data usually stored in base registries.
In all three streams, care should be taken to ensure compatibility between the public sector and what the private sector can achieve, noting existing standards and specifications.
Proposed new actions in standardisation
A number of new actions have been proposed in relation to interoperability driven by the Core Vocabularies, ADMS and DCAT-AP. Some of them are:
- Organising a workshop on ISA topics. In order to promote standardisation in this area the organisation of a workshop via an European standards organisation (ESO) involving European organisations (e.g. the Publications Office and DG DIGIT/ISA unit), Member States representatives, industry and relevant research institutes and universities to frame the issue is considered to be a key starting point.
- The contribution of specifications developed under ISA² programme to international standardisation. In order to leverage the applicability of technical specifications which are or have been developed under the ISA and ISA² programmes, it might be advisable to promote them beyond Europe by proposing them as international standards via ISO, IEC or ITU, e.g. ISO/IEC JTC1 SC32 (data management and interchange), ITU-T study group 16 (multimedia), and study group 17 (security).
- W3C to consider core location vocabulary as important input to standardisation (new working group that is currently discussed in W3C with the participation of the JRC, INSPIRE team).
Discover all the proposed actions of the 2017 Rolling plan on ICT standardisation.