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Community of Interoperability Solution Repositories

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About CISR

CISR is a community of interest that has the objective to bring together e-Government professional from the public sector, representatives of standardisation organisation, representatives of software repositories, businesses and academia to:

  • disseminate good practices on sharing and reusing interoperability solutions;
  • encourage Member States to set policies, processes, and infrastructures for developing, sharing and reusing interoperability solutions; and
  • improve, expand and promote the interoperability solutions on Joinup.‚Äč

CISR is funded under ISA Action 4.2.4 'European Federated Interoperability Repository'.

Federation of interoperability solutions

The quality of public administration is an important driver of Europe’s competitiveness. The Europe 2020 strategy stresses that competitiveness is the result of the interplay of diverse factors, and within that context it emphasises the importance of an efficient, effective and transparent public administration. Modernising public administration is a key issue to restoring competitiveness in a number of Member States.

IT is a key enabler of modernisation of public administrations across Europe. In this vein, European public administrations are investing on the development of a large number of IT solutions to serve internal needs, but also to exchange information and provide services across boarders.

Often, the uncoordinated development of these solutions leads to duplication of effort, increased development times and costs, and non-interoperable systems, which cannot communicate and exchange information seamlessly.

In this context, the ISA² programme of the European Commission has developed the vision to support the effective and efficient development of interoperable e-Government systems by building a culture of collaborative development, sharing and reuse of interoperability solutions among public administrations.

The collection of interoperability solutions on the Joinup platform gives visibility to reusable solutions, such as software, IT specifications and data models, or even business process, thus promoting their reuse.

The sharing and reuse of these solutions, has a direct positive impact on:

  • Cost reductions, covering financial savings as well as effort and time savings. Instead of spending time and money on re-inventing the wheel and dealing with problems and challenges that their peers have already solved, European public administrations can tap into a pool of reusable solutions, which can be integrated into context-specific implementation in different Member States.
  • Interoperability of European public services. Reusing common principles, processes, data specifications and services enables the seamless communication and the exchange of information between disparate systems that support the delivery of European public services across borders and sectors.

The federated catalogue of interoperability solutions, enabled by a standardized way of describing these solutions (by using the Asset Description Metadata Schema Application Profile for Joinup (ADMS-AP), allows to search for interoperability solutions available on different repositories on the Web from a single point of access.

Describing the interoperability solutions in a standard way enables solutions owners to easily exchange the solutions’ description metadata with each other and federate them using the Joinup or other platforms. Such federation makes their solutions accessible to a wider audience, resulting in more reuse. The solution owner can keep his own system for hosting the interoperability solution, while in the description metadata of the solution an access URL is included, giving the location from where the solution can be downloaded.


Repositories already sharing their solutions on Joinup

The Community of Interoperability Solution Repositories is already composed of  partner organisations sharing their solutions on Joinup.

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