OSLO project: tender clauses to promote the use of the OSLO specification

15/01/2018

Country

Belgium

Organisation

Flemish Organization for ICT in Local Government V-ICT-OR

Short Description

The Flemish ICT Organisation (V-ICT-OR) published on 28th October 2014 a document (in dutch) containing clauses for tender specifications procurement contracts to promote the use of the OSLO specification.

The document, authored by two civil servants from the Flemish government, proposes clauses to promote the use of OSLO conformance, by including this either as a technical criterion or an award criterion in the tender specifications.

This work fits in a broader movement in the public sector to avoid lock-in through the procurement of standards-based ICT solutions.

The given distinction between the OSLO conformance as a technical criterion or award criterion resides in the mandatory character of the use of standards and the proper level of enforcement required.

The standardization of infrastructure, descriptions and development is a major factor for allowing various government agencies to cooperate efficiently with each other.

In addition, on Tuesday 27 of the same year (2014), V-ICT-OR has launched the OSLO 2.0 building blocks during its general assembly in Mechelen, Belgium. The building blocks are meant to increase interoperability inside and between local administrations in Flanders. During a short plenary session, the key points of OSLO 2.0 were presented. Participants, coming from local administrations across the whole region, could then share and deepen their knowledge during targeted workshops.

The OSLO 1.1 Vocabulary extends the ISA Core Vocabularies to include properties and relationships needed by local administrations, like family composition or persons acting on behalf of a registered organization. The OSLO Vocabulary is available both as RDF and XML schemas. A pilot has been published demonstrating the use of the OSLO Vocabulary to link organizations and addresses from different datasets.

To complement the vocabulary, OSLO 2.0 proposes guidelines for implementing web services. The guidelines define a URI strategy along with the operations that the URIs must answer. By standardising the service protocol, OSLO aims to minimize the number of services pursuing the same goal.

Following the successful example of the Netherlands, OSLO 2.0 introduces the Software Catalogus, a repository of open standards, software packages, and service providers. With this tool, reusing the Dutch platform, local administrations can quickly learn which provider or package implements which standard, increasing awareness and, in the long run, use of open standards.

References

From the SEMIC - Semantic Interoperability Community

1 - OSLO project suggests tender clauses to promote the use of the OSLO specification

2 - The Flemish ICT Organisation launches OSLO 2.0, pushing local administrations to interoperate

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