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e-Government Core Vocabularies

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Description

Core Vocabularies are defined as simplified, re-usable and extensible data models that capture the fundamental characteristics of a data entity in a context-neutral fashion.

A set of commonly agreed Core Vabularies supported by the EU Member States provides a concrete starting point for promoting semantic interoperability among European public administrations.

Handbook

The 'Handbook on using the Core Vocabularies' describes how the Core Vocabularies can be used to:

  1. Design new data models that extend the Core Vocabularies; and
  2. Map existing data models to the Core Vocabularies.

Dr. Vassilios Peristeras, project officer of Action 2.1 explains the vision for the Core Vocabularies.

 

 

 

During the period 2011-2013, the ISA programme of the European Commission facilitated international working groups to forge consensus on four Core Vocabularies. A short description of these vocabularies is included in the table below.

Vocabulary

Description

The Core Business Vocabulary is a simplified, reusable and extensible data model that captures the fundamental characteristics of a legal entity, e.g. the legal name, the activity, address, legal identifier, company type, and its activities. On 8 January 2013, the RDF syntax of the Core Business Vocabulary has been formally published on the W3C standards track as a Public Working Draft. The RDF syntax binding of the Core Business Vocabulary has been named as Registered Organisation Vocabulary by W3C. The latest version of the Core Business Vocabulary can be downloaded here.

 

The Core Location Vocabulary is a simplified, reusable and extensible data model that captures the fundamental characteristics of a location, represented as an address, a geographic name, or geometry. The Location Vocabulary is aligned with the INSPIRE data specifications. The latest version of the Core Location Vocabulary can be downloaded here.

 

The Core Person Vocabulary is a simplified, reusable and extensible data model that captures the fundamental characteristics of a person, e.g. the name, the gender, the date of birth, etc. The latest version of the Core Person Vocabulary can be downloaded here.

 

The Core Public Service Vocabulary is a simplified, reusable and extensible data model that captures the fundamental characteristics of a service offered by public administration. Such characteristics include the title, description, inputs, outputs, providers, locations, etc. of the public service. The latest version of the Core Public Service Vocabulary can be downloaded here.

An application profile of the Core Public Service Vocabulary (CPSV-AP) has been developed  for describing public services and grouping them in business events. the latest version of the CPSV-AP can be dowloaded here.

The Core Evidence and Criterion Vocabulary is a simplified, reusable and extensible data model for describing the principles and the means that a private entity must fulfil in order to become eligible or to be qualified to perform public services. Public entities often need to define the criteria. A Criterion is a rule or principle that is used to judge, evaluate or test something.  An Evidence is the means by which a Criterion may be proven. The latest version of the Core Evidence and Criterion Vocabulary can be downloaded here.

The Core Public Organisation Vocabulary is a simplified, reusable and extensible data model for describing public organisations in the European Union. The latest version of the Core Public Organisation Vocabulary can be downloaded here.

 

All the mappings are availbale at the Core Data Model Mapping Directory. The Core Data Model Mapping Directory hosts a collection of mappings between the Core Vocabularies and related Core Data Models. Visit the Core Vocabularies page on Joinup for more information. The available data models and their connecting mappings can be explored by browsing through the Directory.

Milestones

  • From November 2011 till May 2012 the Core Business, Core Person, and Core Location Vocabularies were created by a multi-disciplinary Working Group with a total of 69 experts from 22 countries, 18 EU and 4 non-EU countries, following an open and inclusive process of consensus building.
  • On 17 February 2012 a final draft of the Core Vocabularies entered a month-long public review period.
  • On 23 May 2012 the Coordination Group of the Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA) Programme has endorsed the Core Business, Core Location and Core Person Vocabulary.
  • Since 8 January 2013, the Core Business Vocabulary has been formally published on the W3C standards track. It has been revised and renamed into Registered Organization Vocabulary (RegOrg).
  • From December 2012 till March 2013 the Core Public Service vocabulary was created by a multi-disciplinary Working Group.

Working Groups

The Core Business, Location and Person Vocabularies have been developed by a multi disciplinary Working Group, with a total of 69 people from 22 countries, 19 EU and 3 non-EU countries (USA, South-Africa and Norway), and several EU Institutions.

The Core Public Service Working Group has been developed by a multi disciplinary Working Group, with total of 69 people from 22 countires, 19 EU and 4 non-EU (USA, Brasil, Inida) and the ISA programme of the Europen Commission.

Known implementations

The projects that are implementing the Core Vocabularies can be found at the SEMIC map.

Publications on the Core Vocabularies

 

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