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The ISA² Programme has developed a number of semantic specifications and interoperability solutions which are available to public administrations, namely: the e-Government Core Vocabularies, the DCAT Application Profile for Data Portals in Europe (DCAT-AP) and the Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS).

e-Government Core Vocabularies

These are simplified, reusable, and extensible data models that capture the fundamental characteristics of an entity, such as a person or a public organisation, in a context-neutral manner. Public administrations can use and extend the e-Government Core Vocabularies in the following contexts:

  • Information exchange between systems: the Core Vocabularies can become the basis of a context-specific data model used to exchange data among existing information systems.
  • Data integration: the Core Vocabularies can be used to integrate data that comes from disparate data sources.
  • Data publishing: the Core Vocabularies can be used as the foundation of a common export format for data in base registries like cadastres, business registers and service portals. 
  • Development of new systems: the Core Vocabularies can be used as a default starting point for designing the conceptual and logical data models in newly developed information systems.

The following e-Government Core Vocabularies have been developed under ISA² so far: 

  • Core Person
  • Core Business
  • Core Location
  • Core Criterion and Core Evidence
  • Core Public Organisation

Visit our dedicated community space on Joinup to discover and use our e-Government Core Vocabularies.

The Core Public Service Vocabulary Application Profile (CPSV-AP), developed by the SEMIC community, is now a solution on its own. For more information visit the CPSV-AP solution space.

DCAT Application Profile for data portals (DCAT-AP)

DCAT-AP provides a common specification for describing public sector datasets in Europe to enable the exchange of descriptions of datasets among data portals. DCAT-AP allows:

  • Data catalogues to describe their dataset collections using a standardised description, while keeping their own system for documenting and storing them.
  • Content aggregators, such as the European Data Portal, to aggregate such descriptions into a single point of access.
  • Data consumers to more easily find datasets from a single point of access.

Visit our dedicated community space on Joinup to discover and use DCAT-AP.

Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS)

ADMS is a specification used to describe interoperability solutions helping everyone to search and to discover them. ADMS allows:

  • Solution providers, such as standardisation organisations and public administrations, to describe their interoperability solutions using the standardised descriptive metadata terms of ADMS, while keeping their own system for documenting and storing them.
  • Content aggregators, such as Joinup, to aggregate such descriptions into a single point of access.
  • ICT developers to more easily explore, find, identify, select and obtain interoperability solutions from a single point of access.

Visit our dedicated community space on Joinup to discover and use ADMS.