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ListPoint - the open platform for code list standardsListPoint has recently published the Common Procurement Vocabulary (CPV) in a machine readable format. CPV is a classification system, maintained by DG MARKT, meant for indicating the main subject of a tender in a standardised way. The purpose is to improve the transparency of public procurement subject to European regulations.  As ListPoint is one of the federated repositories on Joinup, the asset is also available through the federation of semantic assets

The use of the CPV in contract notices has been mandatory for public tenders in the European Union since 1 February 2006. It was established by Regulation (EC) No 2195/2002 to standardise the way contracting authorities describe the main subject of their contracts. It has for instance been implemented in TED, the supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union publishing public tenders and eNotices, the platform for preparing public procurement notices and publishing them in the Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union.

CPV is a multilingual classification (available in all 22 official EU languages) consisting of a main vocabulary with a series of numerical codes subdivided into divisions, groups, classes and categories to describe the main subject of a contract or a tender. A supplementary vocabulary gives the opportunity to expand the subject description with additional information.

 Besides on ListPoint, the asset was previously already available in machine readable formats on other platforms (for instance SIMAP, the European Commission’s public procurement information portal). David Mitton, Director of ListPoint explains what the main advantages are of having CPV on ListPoint.

ListPoint is a single place allowing to find, cleanse and collaborate on reference data. Users subscribing to a code list automatically get notified when a change happens.  ListPoint can not only be used for downloading the code lists in different formats (machine-readable, human-readable, SKOS), it also enables to find out more about the context in which a particular asset can be used. On top, the platform enables you to group relating standards together, map competing standard and export the mapping to an XML that can be used as a translation layer.”

On Joinup, ADMS description metadata about CPV is available through the federation of semantic assets in the federated repositories “ListPoint - the open platform for code list standards” and the “EU Semantic Interoperability Catalogue“.

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