Quarterly Joinup Newsletter November 2014

If the newsletter is displayed incorrectly, click here to view the online version.

Our quarterly newsletter keeps you updated on everything that is happening on the Joinup collaborative platform. We hope that it helps you to find, choose, re-use, develop and implement interoperability solutions.

Have an enjoyable read — and visit us at Joinup!

Communities for e-Government

This is Joinup’s first quarterly newsletter. We hope it helps you to reflect on good practices, approaches and solutions for electronic government services. The newsletter aims to support Joinup's communities by delivering relevant information and fresh ideas.

From our diverse communities of e-Government professionals we’ve selected news, case studies and solutions. It would be great if within this lively mixture you discover a nifty new government interoperability solution or find inspiration in the form of best practices.

As you know, we’re finalising the integration of ePractice and look forward to soon welcoming its eGovernment, eInclusion and eHealth communities. These are sure to add their online dialogue to Joinup’s on open government, the making of government policy and the way in which public administrations operate and deliver services.

We are devoted to stimulating and supporting the debate.


News | View all news articles

Online platform gathers 50 ways to innovate French ministries

OECD unveils public sector innovation portal

France’s ministries will begin testing proposals for the modernisation of government procedures, selecting from ideas brought together by the government’s Fair Simple online collaborative platform. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in June unveiled a new portal for innovation in the public sector, the ‘Observatory of Public Sector Innovation’.
Read More Read More
Survey probes accessibility of Member States’ transposing of EU legislation ISA
A survey is being conducted to see if the sharing of information on how the European Union Member States are transposing European legislation can be improved.  
EC publishes five e-service building blocks ePractice
Five IT components for building e-government services involving ID, signatures, invoices, data exchange and machine translation are now available.  
Free software groups hopeful for new Commission OSOR
Free software advocacy groups are hopeful that the incoming European Commission will advance the use and development of this type of software solution in public administration.  
OSLO project suggests tender clauses to promote the use of the OSLO specification SEMIC
The Flemish ICT Organisation (V-ICT-OR) published clauses for tender specifications procurement contracts to promote the use of the OSLO specification.  
NIF observatory: interoperability platforms boost data exchange, eServices and eSignature NIFO
The National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) community is making available an updated series of NIFO factsheets.  
Swiss crowdfund pays for signed PDFs LibreOffice OSOR
In just three days, the Swiss open source community Wilhelm Tux reached its crowdfunding target of 8000 euro to add support for digital signatures in PDF documents.  
Help improving the CAMSS Community CAMSS
The CAMSS Community is working on a new tool, for carrying out the CAMSS assessment scenarios.  
UK Standards Hub receives a suggested challenge on data catalog interoperability SEMIC
The Standards Hub is a platform where users can get involved in the process for prioritizing and helping the UK Government to select open standards for Government IT.  
Machine Translation tool for public administrations — now accessible over the Internet NIFO
MT@EC, the Machine Translation service, developed by the European Commission under the ISA programme, can now also be accessed over a secure internet connection.  
French ministries prove free software is viable OSOR
Free and open source software solutions are suitable for use in public administrations, the extensive use by French ministries proves.  

Studies | View all studies

The National Interoperability Framework of Spain

Czech Base Registries, Universal Database of Information

This paper describes the National Interoperability Framework (NIF) of Spain, its global approach to interoperability and how it is integrated in the legal framework of eGovernment. Base Public Administration Registries are one of the fundamental pillars of modern eGovernment and public administration, i.e. of the process of digitising public administration.
Read More Read More
Greece takes national Syzefxis broadband network to the next level ePractice
After implementing the National Public Administration Network (Syzefxis), the Greek government is now ready to extend this infrastructure to include all 34,000 public actors and to introduce new services.  
National common components in the Norwegian public sector NIFO
The document describes how national common components should be managed, administered, financed and developed.  
UK Government Funds the Internet of Things Standard ePractice
Hyper/CAT is an effort to develop a standard that regulates the format for delivery of information from unmanned devices to the Internet (known as the Internet of Things or IoT).  
Online Training Material Open Data Support ODS
Introduction to Linked Open Government Data and Metadata  
Zaaksysteem.nl: Dutch municipal case management system ePractice
Zaaksysteem.nl provides a case management system for Dutch municipalities, allowing them to improve their online services, while at the same time lowering their costs.  
eGovernment Core Vocabularies SEMIC
This paper describes the approach and the benefits of e-Government Core Vocabularies.  

Interoperability Solutions | View all interoperability solutions

Open e-TrustEx PDF-AS 4.0.4
Open e-TrustEx is an open-source platform offered to Public Administrations at European, national and regional level to set up secure exchange of digital structured and unstructured documents from system to system via standardised interfaces PDF-AS is a java framework for creating digitial signatures on PDF documents. PDF-AS is also capable of verifying digitally signed PDF documents.
CudadaniaEuropea-Liberado MOCCA 1.3.16
This is the code that enabled www.CiudadaniaEuropea.es, a website (and set of mobile apps) built for the Management Partnership between the European Commission and the Spanish Government. The goal of the MOCCA (Modular Open Citizen Card Architecture) project is to develop a modular, open source citizen card environment.
INSPIRE Geoportal Operational Pilot GovernmentConnect/JusticeConnect integration with MFERAC information system
Implementation of the INSPIRE Geoportal Operational Pilot Validator 2. This validator replaces the former schematron validator and implements the same validation criteria applied during the INSPIRE Geoportal discovery process. Solution enables integration of the X-Connect information system (Government/Justice - Connect) with the Ministry of Finance information system MFERAC and includes electronic exchange of the invoices and financial orders.

Events | View all events

OECD Conference on Innovating the Public Sector

Nordic Public Procurement Forum 2014

The OECD Conference on Innovating the Public Sector: From Ideas to Impact on 12-13 November 2014 will bring together public sector practitioners, researchers, civil society and businesses to discuss how innovation can help solve today’s complex challenges. The Nordic Public Procurement (NPP) Forum is the biggest annual Public Procurement conference in Northern Europe. You will meet a highly international audience with peers from all the Nordic countries and many other nations working with public procurement in practice.
12-13 November, Paris, France 25 - 28 November 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark
Read More Read More
eTELEMED 2015, 7th Int Conf on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine 22 - 27 February 2015, Lisbon, Portugal
Conference ‘Supporting Health by Technology VI’ 22 May 2015, Enschede, Netherlands
15th European Conference on eGovernment – ECEG 2015 18 - 19 June 2015, Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Dual EGOV 2015 and ePart 2015 conference 30 August - 03 September 2015, Thessaloniki, Greece


Do you have news, a success story or a study that you'd like to share? Perhaps you know of an upcoming event that we should include or report on. Have you uncovered an e-government solution that you’d like to recommend? Please send us your ideas so we can help support each other and grow.

About Joinup

Joinup is a collaborative platform created by the European Commission and funded by the European Union via the Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations (ISA) Programme. It offers several services that aim to help e-government professionals share their experience with each other. We hope to support you in finding, choosing, re-using, developing and implementing interoperability solutions.

© 2014 by European Union
Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.
The views expressed are not an official position of the European Union.