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Sharing and reuse a common topic in digital skills training programmes

Published on: 24/05/2018
Last update: 13/06/2019

Sharing and reuse of ICT solutions is a common theme in digital skills training programmes for public services, a brief inventory of initiatives in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom shows.

In January, France’s government modernisation unit SGMAP kicked off a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on innovation in the public sector. The course, which runs from early January to early June, teaches public services how to organise innovation labs and share ideas and best practices – including ICT tools.

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In March, the administration of the German state of Baden-Württemberg began a training programme known as Digital Leadership BW. This pilot programme began with a group of about 80 public sector workers, and coincided with the “Open Codes” exhibit at Karlsruhe’s Center for Art and Media Technology. One of its goals is to exchange ideas and best practices with other public sector organisations.

The reuse of ICT solutions is also one of the aims of training courses provided by the CTT, the Spanish government’s technology transfer centre. “We explain thoroughly how to reuse specific solutions, for example those related to eSignatures, and those that help to achieve the ‘once-only principle’,” says Elena Muñoz Salinero, head of the CTT.

In addition, the CTT has published guidance documents, including one in English: “Asset Reuse - Guide to Asset Publication and Licensing”.

The Italian government modernisation team Team Digitale, which focuses on ICT tools that are reusable and open, has been organising webinars for public services. The team participated in several of the “Innovation and Digitisation of the Public Administration” training events organised through the Scuola SNA, the National School of (Public) Administration. And in early April the team hosted a webinar whose audience included some 400 public sector staff members.

Active sharing

The UK government’s Digital Service Academy (DSA) “offers a range of courses, with introductory sessions for non-specialists, specialised courses for people in digital roles and training for leaders responsible for digital services.” The DSA actively shares its training material with other governments, including Canada and Australia.

The Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) researches innovation methods and tools. As well as aggregating and disseminating information, the OPSI shares case studies and tools. It also encourages public sector innovators to share their learning methods.

Earlier this month, the OPSI blogged about its curated collection of innovation toolkits, which cover the entire spectrum of government modernisation. The OPSI hopes to come up with a ‘toolkit taxonomy’ to better organise the collection.


Since August 217, the European Commission’s ISA² programme is making available three knowledge sharing modules that focus on the recommendations and guidelines of the Sharing and Reuse Framework for IT Solutions. The modules also show examples of best practices from across the EU.

The first module explains the benefits of the sharing and reuse of IT solutions, and helps to understand how to use the framework. The other two modules are intended for developers and IT managers respectively, explaining how to implement the  recommendations and turn them into concrete actions.The modules can be used freely for self-instruction, or as training materials for group information sessions or workshops for public services on sharing and reuse of IT solutions.

More information:

Sharing and Reuse Knowledge Sharing Modules