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SemanticGov is a 40-month EU-funded research and development project that aims at building the infrastructure (software, models, services, etc) necessary for enabling the offering of semantic web services by public administration (PA). It is funded by the European Commission within the INFORMATION SOCIETY TECHNOLOGIES (IST) Programme. Project number FP6-2004-IST-4-027517.

Main results, benefits and impacts


SemanticGov aims at building the infrastructure (software, models, services, etc) necessary for enabling the offering of semantic web services by public administration (PA). Through this cutting edge infrastructure, SemanticGov will address longstanding challenges faced by public administrations such as achieving interoperability amongst PA agencies both within a country as well as amongst countries, easing the discovery of PA services by its customers, facilitating the execution of complex services often involving multiple PA agencies in interworkflows. More importantly, this infrastructure will exploit SemanticGov as an enabler for total reengineering of PA service provision and propose a paradigm shift of today’s modus operandi.

To achieve this SemanticGov project aims at capitalizing on the Service Oriented Architectures paradigm, implemented through state-of-the-art Semantic Web Services technology and supported by rigorous and reusable public administration domain analysis and modelling, while being in line with all major European programmes and initiatives in the field e.g. the European Interoperability Framework and the recent work conducted by the EU IDABC Programme, the forthcoming i2010 group of Member States representatives and the Competitiveness & Innovation (CIP) Programme.

The consortium consists of a complementary set of top-level scientific partners , world-leading industrial companies and user partners capable to take up SemanticGov results. This composition secures the successful execution of the project as well as the widest exploitation of its results.

Lessons learnt

SemanticGov is expected to enhance the
administrative capacity of national public administration systems by
providing a new paradigm for service provision, and pave the way to the
administrative dimension of European seamless collaboration (aka
“Common European Administrative Space”) by facilitating the
communication amongst EU national administrative systems.

Case Info

Start date:
Operational date:
31 December 2005


Target Users or Group:
Administrative, Citizen, Civil society
Benchlearning Community, eAccessibility practice, policy, monitoring and impact, eGovernment, ePractice, IT-Governance, Meet Share Learn, Procurement, IT & Standards (PITS), Test Community example for Build up
Case status:
Geographic coverage:
Implementation cost:
ADMINISTRATION, semantic, services
eGovernment, High Impact Services with Pan-European Scope, Legal Aspects, Multi-channel Delivery, Other, Regional and Local, Services for Citizens
My languages:
English, Greek
Technology choice:
Not applicable / Not available
Yearly cost:
Not applicable / Not available
Return on investment:
Not applicable / Not available
Type of initiative:
Project or service
Overall implementation approach:
Public administration
Type of service:
Training and education