Slovakia to fully automate th…

Slovakia to fully automate the publication of open data


Slovakia will automate the publication of public sector information as open data as much as possible, and integrate this process in all government information processing systems. This is one of the main priorities in the National Concept of Public Information Services (Národná Koncepcia Informatizácie Verejnej Správy; NKIVS) that was adopted last month.


The authors of the NKIVS acknowledge the value of Public Sector Information — produced, collected, or paid for by the government — for commercial re-use. The automated generation of quality, topical and standardised government data will enable creative minds to better serve the community, and innovative businesses to contribute to the growth of the digital economy.

One example is the publication of interoperable spatial data in accordance with the INSPIRE directive, for which an API (Application Programming Interface) will be provided.

Common methodology

To ensure the quality and topicality of the data, the government will define a common methodology. The processes and systems of both central and local administrations will be analysed in order to identify data sources that will be used to automatically generate and enrich datasets for public, private and commercial re-use. The datasets will be published according to open standards and the European rules for semantic and syntactic interoperability.


The new NKIVS builds on the previous NKIVS, which was adopted in 2008, and provides principles, an architecture, best practices, opportunities, priorities, and projects to be implemented until 2020. In this, it follows the strategy laid out earlier in the 'Digital Services and Infrastructure Next Generation Access (2014-2020)' paper, and the legislation in this area adopted in recent years.

The NKIVS aims for the Slovakian government to build an integrated information systems infrastructure that will make it easier for public agencies to provide quality services to citizens and businesses, as well as other agencies. Key is the introduction of an architecture for modeling, analysing and communicating government information systems and their interrelationships.

European eGovernment Action Plan

This national concept is a way of informatisation Slovakia was missing until now, said Peter Pellegrini, Deputy Prime Minister for Investments. The document describes the direction in which we will move for e-government during the next five years, and the principles of our public administration IT architecture, thereby implementing the European eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020.

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