SEMIC is a European Commission initiative (funded under Action 1.1 and Action 2.15 of the ISA Programme) to foster the semantic interoperability of interconnected of e-Government systems. It focuses on the following activities:
2. Encourage sharing and reuse by making collections of reusable interoperability solutions searchable on Joinup;
3. Development, promotion, and use of core vocabularies at the European, national and local level to increase interoperability in the provision of European Public Services;
4. Provide insight into frameworks and methodologies by conducting studies (e.g. Study on Business Models for Linked Open Government Data (BM4LOGG), URI study), case studies (e.g. LOGD case study) and pilots (e.g. Core Location pilot).
5. Promote best practices for inter-organisational metadata management and governance.
To bring the issue of semantic interoperability to the attention of policy makers and ICT solution developers, a Semantic Interoperability Conference (SEMIC) is held annually with around 100 to 150 participants. Furthermore, Action 1.1 acts as an observatory and brings news and events about initiatives and issues related to semantic interoperability to social media such as the Joinup platform, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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To realise the vision “towards open Government metadata”, Action 1.1 encourages public administrations to make their collections of reusable “interoperability assets” available for reuse on the Web under an open licence and in a machine readable format. To make these interoperability assets better searchable, Action 1.1 has created the Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS), a common metadata vocabulary to describe interoperability assets. In October 2013, 25 partner organisations have shared their collections of in total more than 2000 interoperability assets, using the Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS).
As outlined in its vision document ‘e-Government Core Vocabularies’, a set of commonly agreed Core Vocabularies supported by the EU Member States provides a concrete starting point for semantic alignment amongst public administrations in Europe. The vision document defines Core Vocabularies as simplified, re-usable, and extensible data models that capture the fundamental characteristics of a data entity in a context-neutral fashion. The ISA Programme has initiated this work, promoting the collaborative development of these vocabularies in an open and inclusive way. There is a lot of interest and active participation among a large community of relevant stakeholders. So far, there is already a consensus on four Core Vocabularies: the Core Person, Business, Location, and Public Service Vocabularies. These extensible core vocabularies guarantee a minimum of semantic interoperability when exchanging information in a cross-border and cross-sector context. The vocabularies currently undergo an international standardisation process with the World-Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and will be further maintained there. The Location Vocabulary is aligned with the INSPIRE data specifications and has been piloted with Belgian regional and national address registers. The Core Business Vocabulary has been piloted with data of the Greek tax administration. The available pilots linked to the Core Vocabularies are described under "Pilots".