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About the migration of ePractice

 

Motivation for the migration.

 

Why is ePractice moved to another platform?

The European Commission has decided to migrate ePractice to the Joinup platform. ePractice brought together policy makers and practitioners in the fields of eGovernment, eHealth and eInclusion, but it lacked the tools to support domain-specific re-usable solutions. Joinup, on the other hand, has communities of developers as well as communities of interest in a specific domain and a catalogue of interoperability solutions. There are overlaps and synergies between interoperability for administration-to-administration information exchange on the one hand, and eGovernment, eHealth and eInclusion good practices on the other hand. We expect, that both ePractice and Joinup users will benefit from the consolidation of the applications onto a single platform, which aims at providing a direct link between the solutions and the practitioners.

 

How does it impact me in general?

 

What functionalities are different compared to ePractice?

The majority of functionalities is the same. In general, you are able to use the same features and services that you were used to in ePractice. Some functionalities may however work in a different way. Also there are a limited number of functionalities which are not implemented on Joinup.

 

Which content has been kept and which has been removed?

Here is an overview of what has happened with the different types of content:

  • All registered users, who logged onto ePractice in the 2 last years or have created any content, have been migrated. (cf. Did my account change or can I use the same account?).
  • All communities have been migrated and created as new communities on Joinup.
  • Cases have been migrated and created as new cases on Joinup.
  • News items have been migrated and created as news items if they are not older than 3 years.
  • Events and Workshops have been migrated to events on Joinup.
  • Library items have been migrated to the library of Joinup.
  • Factsheets have been migrated and added to the NIFO factsheets on Joinup.
  • TV items have been migrated to Web TV items on Joinup.
  • Blogs have been migrated to blogs on Joinup.

How is the content organised on Joinup?

On Joinup all content is created within a community and can be shared with the rest of the platform. On Joinup four new communities have been created to organise the ePractice content: an overarching community called ePractice, and three communities for the different domains, called eGovernment, eHealth and eInclusion. All migrated content has been linked to one of the three domain communities on Joinup, based on the domain it belonged to on ePractice. It has also been linked to the ePractice community.

The content linked to a community on ePractice has also been highlighted in the respective migrated community on Joinup. 

 

What happened with the European Journal of ePractice?

All Journal issues are available in the ePractice community on Joinup.

 

How does it impact me as a registered user?

 

Did my ePractice account change or can I use the same account?

Accounts have been migrated from ePractice to Joinup, so you can still use your ePractice account. There are two conditions, however, that needed to be fulfilled in order for your account to be migrated:

  • In the last 2 years, you have logged into ePractice OR you have ever created content on ePractice.
  • Your account is linked to a functioning email address – if the information email about the ePractice migration bounces back several times, this email address is considered as non-existing and the account has not been migrated. 

How can I login into Joinup?

Your account on ePractice has been migrated to Joinup if it met two conditions:

  • In the last 2 years, you have logged into ePractice OR you have ever created content on ePractice.
  • Your account is linked to a functioning email address – if the information email about the ePractice migration bounces back several times, this email address is considered as non-existing and the account has not been migrated.

Because of the technical similarities between ePractice and Joinup, it was even possible to migrate the passwords in encrypted format. This means that you can login into Joinup with your ePractice credentials.

However, if you already had an account on Joinup, this account continues to exist. Please see below FAQ for more information about this particular situation.

 

What happens if I already have a Joinup account?

If your account on Joinup is linked to the same email address as your former account on ePractice, then all content pertaining to your account on ePractice has been migrated with your Joinup account as author. In this case, you can continue to log into Joinup with your regular Joinup credentials, and not with the credentials from ePractice.

In case an ePractice username already existed on Joinup, but it was not linked to the same email address, the ePractice account has been migrated and the username has been suffixed with “_eP”. You can login with your ePractice password, linked to your ePractice username suffixed with “_eP”, e.g. John_eP instead of just John. On Joinup it is possible, though, to change your username.

In case your former ePractice account was linked to a different email address as your Joinup account, and the accounts had different usernames, then it was impossible for us to identify the link between the accounts, and you now have two accounts on Joinup. 

 

Can I login on Joinup with my OpenID?

No. This authentication method was not used on Joinup before and it was decided not to introduce this on Joinup because of the limited number of users logging into ePractice with OpenID. If you were using OpenID on ePractice, you are able to log into Joinup with the username and password you supplied when you created your ePractice account. In case you would not remember these credentials it is possible to request a new password on Joinup based upon your email address. For this option, go to the login page and select the option Request new password.

What permissions do I have on Joinup?

If you had special permissions (e.g. you were a community facilitator) you received the same or very similar rights on Joinup. If you experience any difficulties, please contact us at https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/contact.

 

What happened with my content?

All your content has been migrated following the guidelines above (cf. Which content has been kept and which has been removed?).

 

What happened with my blog?

All your blog entries have been migrated. However, on Joinup there isn't a possibility to create new blog items. Because of great similarity between blog items and news items, we decided to only continue with news items. You are encouraged to continue your blog via news items in the relevant community.  

 

What communities am I member of?

You remain a member of the communities you joined on ePractice. All these communities have been migrated to Joinup.

On top of that, you became a member of the new community on Joinup named ePractice. And based on the domain of work that you had indicated in your ePractice profile, you also became a member of either the eGovernment, eHealth or eInclusion community. For more info on the community structure, please refer to How is the content organised on Joinup?.

 

How does it impact me as a community facilitator?

 

What happened with my community?

All active communities have been migrated to Joinup. The facilitators of the community keep their facilitator role on Joinup in the migrated communities. 

The community has been highlighted in the ePractice community on Joinup. Based on the Domain of the community on ePractice, the community has also been highlighted in either the eGovernment, eHealth or eInclusion community. For more info on the community structure, please refer to How is the content organised on Joinup?.

 

Which content has been migrated to my community?

All the content that was highlighted in your community on ePractice is still highlighted in your community on Joinup.

 

What happened with my community’s members?

All the ePractice users that have been migrated (cf. Did my ePractice account change or can I use the same account? For the conditions for user migration) are still a member of the communities they joined on ePractice. There is thus no need to re-invite people to your community.

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