NIFO Community Newsletter September 2012

 

NIFO COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER, 15/10/2012
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IN THIS ISSUE
  Welcome to the September 2012 Edition of the NIFO Community newsletter. In this issue you can read about NIF updates, the call for papers of the ECEG 2013 and the 13th European Conference on eGovernment – ECEG 2013. Please visit our News and Events section to find out more.  
NIF UPDATES
  We want to thank the following countries that have replied to our request and have provided information related to their NIF or the work-in-progress related to interoperability initiatives. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the countries that have posted on joinup and we invite everyone to post any news, event or question that they may have regarding NIF and interoperability.   Italy replied with interesting information. A brand-new Agency named “Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale” (Agency for Digital Italy) was created. It is responsible for implementing the Italian Digital Agenda, compliant with the European one.    Finland answered, but stated there is no new information for the factsheet. The architecture work is moving on but for the time being, no changes to the fact sheet.   Sweden responded with complementary information. The factsheet can be updated and complemented with the e-delegation's work with common services and enterprise architecture.   Slovakia reacted stating a delay. The document about central architecture is being revised at this time and should be finalised within the forthcoming weeks (the document is non-public at the moment).   Belgium stated that revamping is ongoing. They are currently in the process of revamping the interoperability framework and the belgif.be website.   Austria is very busy with the final steps of the draft. They hope to publish for consultation soon and still plan on having their NIF finalised by the end of the year.   Iceland is planning on a public consultation soon. We invite Iceland to post on joinup as soon as the NIF is open for consultation Tip: the website will probably be in Icelandic but the Google Chrome web browser translates a lot!   Slovenia replied with information. A lot of work has been done on creation and development of components used for electronic data inquiries. With the aim of intensifying the development of inter-sectorial and international interoperability, a Government Application Store (GAS) of applicative solutions for those interoperability products that the government would like to offer for use, for exchange and for re-use has been established.   Malta had the NIF open for public consultation until 5th October 2012 The first iteration of the National ICT Interoperability Framework(NIF) and the Information Systems Framework for the Government of Malta were published for public consultation on the Malta Information Technology Agency’s (MITA) portal. Check the information on joinup  
NEWS/EVENTS/eLIBRARY
  CALL FOR PAPERS, Case Studies, Work in Progress/Posters, PhD Research, Round Table Proposals, non-academic Contributions and Product Demonstrations - 13th European Conference on eGovernment – ECEG 2013 The advisory group for the conference invites submissions of both academic and practitioner papers on a wide range of topics and a wide range of scholarly approaches including theoretical and empirical papers employing qualitative, quantitative and critical methods. Academic research papers, case studies and work-in-progress/posters are welcomed approaches. PhD Research, proposals for roundtable discussions, non-academic contributions and product demonstrations based on the main themes are also invited. You can find full details in the submission types document (pdf format). Abstract submission deadline: 22 November 2012 Read more   13th European Conference on eGovernment – ECEG 2013 Event date: 13/06/2013 – 14/06/2013 ECEG 2013 takes place exactly 10 years after the European Ministerial eGovernment Conference that was held in Como (Cernobbio) in 2003. The Ministerial Declaration that was adopted in Cernobbio set a shared user-centred vision of innovation in the public sector that has been at the centre of the European policies for eGovernment in the following years. At 10 years distance from that Declaration ECEG 2013 will give the opportunity for a critical evaluation of the achievement of the objectives stated in 2003 and the evolution of eGovernment worldwide. Read more

NIFO Community Newsletter October 2012

   
NIFO COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER, 15/11/2012
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IN THIS ISSUE
  Welcome to the October 2012 Edition of the NIFO Community newsletter. In this issue you can read about the updates of the Member States, the publication of an Interoperability Policy by MITA and the Contribution of open source to Europe’s economy: 450 billion per year. Please visit our News and Events section to find out more.  
UPDATES MEMBER STATES
  We want to thank the following countries that have replied to our request and have provided information related to their NIF or the work-in-progress related to interoperability initiatives. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the countries that have posted on joinup and we invite everyone to post any news, event or question that they may have regarding NIF and interoperability.
  • Cyprus responded that their tender procedure was delayed due to budget constraints. It has been initiated after the relevant budget approval and currently the applicable tenders submitted are under evaluation. According to current timeframes the tender award is expected in Q1 2013, thus the results of the relevant study are expected in Q3 2013.
  • Denmark states that Digitaliser.dk is still the pivot point for actual work under the NIF. However, as a result of the government reorganisation after the general election last fall, NITA has been dismantled and the NIF related tasks have been consolidated in the newly formed Danish Agency for Digitisation (DAD) within the Ministry of Finance. This means that most textual information about interoperability efforts in DK can be found at the agency web site, www.digst.dk. The main new NIF related initiatives are the new digitisation strategy (2011-2015) and under that the initiative (initiative 9.4) to establish an architecture overview (a cartography of reusable common components).
  • Estonia has new versions of four interoperability documents, the Interoperability framework, the Web framework, the Software framework and the Security framework. Estonia started with Open Data framework, which will be ready in 2013.
  • Greece noted that regarding the Greek NIF there are no radical changes since last year apart from the issuance of the Ministerial Decision that defines clearly the rules and guidelines that a system should comply with.
  • Italy has many novelties in their ICT scenario with direct and indirect impact on interoperability. There are very recent laws to consider and new activities assigned to the "Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale", which is the unique reference point of contact with the Europe responsible for implementing the Digital Agenda, and which incorporates three public bodies including DigitPA.
  • Liechtenstein reacted to the request for information. They sent a high level factsheet that has been elaborated some years ago. Although currently there is no a formal NIF the provided factsheet has been updated and validated.
  • Lithuania has not published a national interoperability framework yet. Lithuania has adopted The Law of Management of Government Information Resources, available in Lithuanian. The factsheet is being updated and will soon be published.
  • Slovakia states no changes to the factsheet.
  • Spain sent explanations about the interoperability agreements. They also stressed the fact that in Spain interoperability is embedded in the legal framework of eGovernment. The factsheet was drafted and sent to Spain for review.
  • Sweden replied with information and an update of the factsheet will be done.
  • Switzerland has published a new version of SAGA.ch. They are also working on a lot of initiatives. The factsheet has been updated and sent to Switzerland for review.
  • United Kingdom is working through the results of the public consultation on Open Standards. Subject to ministerial approval, they hope to publish before the end of the calendar year (if not sooner) and this will mean they do have changes to make to the NIFO entry. Until the policy has been approved, the entry on the NIFO remains the same.
We want to thank the following countries that have replied to our request for detailed information on set-up, obstacles and benefits of a NIF. We will organise conference calls with the following countries: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta and Poland. A conference call with Spain has already been held.   We want to thank the following countries that have replied in October to our offer for assistance.  
  • Austria is still working on the NIF, they have requested assistance to be delivered around the end of the year
  • Liechtenstein will provide a LIE-NIF by the end of this year. They would appreciate support by receiving assistance in the creation process of the NIF by actions like reviewing a draft document.
NEWS/EVENTS/eLIBRARY
  Publication date: 17/10/2012 MITA publishes an Interoperability Policy To complement the National ICT Interoperability Framework (NIF), the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) has published an Interoperability Policy within the GMICT Policy framework (responsible for the upkeep of the Government of Malta ICT Policies, Directives and Standards). As with the NIF, this Policy aims to ensure that maximum benefit is derived from all technology investments in Government, by introducing ICT resources that are flexible, reusable and interoperable. It provides direction to the public sector about interoperable public services, formalised specifications, accredited data and identity provisioning. Read more   Publication date: 11/10/2012 Contribution of open source to Europe's economy: 450 billion per year The European economy is saving around 114 billion euro per year by using open source software solutions. Apart from direct costs savings, other benefits of open source result in reduced project failure and lower costs for code maintenance. Reinvestment of these savings leads to an increase in productivity and efficiency worth at least 342 billion euro a year, according to estimates published by open source researcher Carlo Daffara. "Decidedly not a marginal contribution to the European economy." Read more

NIFO Community Newsletter November 2012

 
NIFO COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER, 13/12/2012
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IN THIS ISSUE

Welcome to the November 2012 Edition of the NIFO Community newsletter. In this issue you can read about the updates of the Member States and articles about: Basque Country wants European directive on reuse of software; Are centralised content repositories an idea whose time has come, and gone? and Call for case studies and good practices on URI design and management. Please visit our News and Events section to find out more.

UPDATES MEMBER STATES

We want to thank the following countries that have replied to our request and have provided information related to their NIF or the work-in-progress related to interoperability initiatives in November. Several forum questions were posted on Joinup which have led to interesting discussions that continue today, we therefore invite everyone to post any news, event or question that they may have regarding NIF and interoperability.

Validation factsheet on-going Validated and published factsheet
Germany Denmark
Greece Estonia
Latvia Lithuania
Malta Spain
Sweden Switzerland
  In November we have held conference calls regarding set-up, obstacles and benefits of a NIF with Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta and Poland. The following countries have replied to our offer for assistance in November.
  • Finland replied stating no assistance is required in Finland.
  • Iceland would like to receive assistance for further development of their NIF.
  • Poland is interested in receiving assistance regarding implementation of the EIF.
  • Slovenia would like to have assistance in aligning the NIF with the EIF.
  • Spain would like a conference call to clarify their alignment.
  • Sweden would like to get assistance in the development of the NIF.
  • United Kingdom confirms that they do not require assistance with the NIF at this stage.
NEWS/EVENTS/eLIBRARY
  Publication date: 01/11/2012 Basque Country wants European directive on reuse of software The European Union should start working on a directive on openness and reuse of software applications, says Serafín Olcoz Yanguas, the outgoing chief information officer of Basque Country. Governments that switch to free and open source software contribute to the economy and improve productivity, he argues. "It is a more efficient business model than that of the proprietary software industry." Read more   Publication date: 13/11/2012 Call for case studies and good practices on URI design and management EC ISA Action 1.1 on Semantic Interoperability is calling for case studies and good practices on URI design, development and management. Read more   Publication date: 16/11/2012 National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) Factsheets 2012 The National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) Factsheets serve to highlight the following for each of the countries in scope: 1) the main activities on interoperability; 2) a summary of the National Interoperability Framework (NIF); 3) the NIF/EIF alignment; 4) other initiatives on interoperability.  The factsheets are compiled from the analysis of the National Interoperability Framework and Initiatives via the Analytical Model and they show the latest information on the state of play of interoperability in each of the Countries in scope.  Read more

NIFO Community Newsletter December 2012

 
NIFO COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER, 14/01/2013
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IN THIS ISSUE
  Welcome to the December 2012 Edition of the NIFO Community newsletter. In this issue you can read about the updates of the Member States and articles about: Insights from the Seminar on ICCS-CIEC Data Exchange Platform and Infrastructure; Isabela brings interoperability to life; The art of interoperability: creating simplicity from complexity and When and How ICT Interoperability Drives Innovation. You can also read about the following events: Collaborative Production of eGovernment Services; International Conference on Digital Society; ePSIplatform 2013 Conference and International Conference on e-Business and e-Government. Lastly, you can read about a new item in the eLibrary: 10 Rules for Persistent URIs. Please visit our News, Events and eLibrary sections to find out more.  
UPDATES MEMBER STATES
  We want to thank the following countries that have replied to our request and have provided information related to their NIF or the work-in-progress related to interoperability initiatives in December. Several forum questions were posted on Joinup which have led to interesting discussions that continue today. We therefore invite everyone to post any news, event or question regarding NIF and interoperability.  
Validation factsheet on-going Validated and published factsheet
Finland Germany
Greece Latvia
Italy  
Luxembourg  
Malta  
Norway  
Poland  
Portugal  
Slovenia  
Sweden  
  The following countries have replied to our offer for assistance in December:  
  • Estonia is interested in support
  • Italy would like to receive support to verify their alignment.
  • Liechtenstein will probably provide their NIF within 1Q2013 and would like feedback on this document.
  • The Netherlands would appreciate assistance in the process of NIF – EIF alignment.
  • Norway would like to receive assistance and support during their work.
  • Portugal sent a detailed planning of the work foreseen on the NIF.
  • Slovenia is willing to have a conference call.
NEWS
  Publication date: 03/12/2012 Insights from the Seminar on ICCS-CIEC Data Exchange Platform and Infrastructure On 19 November, the International Commission on Civil Status (ICCS, French Commission Internationale de l’État Civil - CIEC) successfully organised a well-attended seminar on the ICCS-CIEC Data Exchange Platform and Infrastructure.  Read more   Publication date: 11/12/2012 Isabela brings interoperability to life It is often hard to explain interoperability to people who are not really familiar with technology. The fact is that citizens benefit from open, interoperable environments every day. To help people really understand interoperability and make it come alive, Microsoft created a fictional character, Isabela, to take us through a typical day. Isabela shows us just how interoperability is at the centre of everything we do. Read more   Publication date: 11/12/2012 The art of interoperability: creating simplicity from complexity ICT policy in the EU has been promoting openness for a long time, most recently with the Digital Agenda, and more of industry is lining up with these policies.  This is a very positive thing and Interoperability will remain a key objective in ICT policymaking for a long time, as policy makers examine both the prospect of new technologies relating to cloud computing as well as the legacy of a variety of pervasive technologies that will continue in use. Read more   Publication date: 12/12/2012 When and How ICT Interoperability Drives Innovation Interoperability, like openness, is something that we generally think of as a “good thing” in the context of information and communications technologies (ICTs).  One of the reasons why we tend to like interoperability is that we believe it leads to innovation, as well as other positive things like consumer choice, ease of use, and competition. The study presents a deep-dive by Urs Gasser and John Palfrey on three cases - DRM-protected music, Digital ID, and Mashups in the Web services context – and their relation to interoperability. Read more  
EVENTS
  Publication date: 17/12/2012 Event date: 24/01/2013 Collaborative Production of eGovernment Services The purpose of this workshop is to produce input for EU and Member States to complete the eGovernment Action Plan's tasks on collaborative production of services. Emphasis is given to those actions under priority 1 calling the Commission and Member States to facilitate exchange of experiences and develop guidelines and targets for the rollout of collaborative services. Read more   Publication date: 18/12/2012 Event date: 24/02/2013 – 01/03/2013 International Conference on Digital Society 7th International Conference on Digital Society - ICDS 2013. This event is part of the Digital World 2013. Read more   Publication date: 19/12/2012 Event date: 22/02/2013 ePSIplatform 2013 Conference PSI re-use is in the process of reaching a certain degree of maturity and uptake. However, this uptake differs significantly among Member States, PSI domains and stakeholders. The ePSIplatform Conference will therefore be aimed at those that should embark, but have (partly) failed to do so far.  The 2013 conference in Warsaw will attract a wide variety of stakeholders, such as Public data holders, application builders, data journalists, policy makers, competition authorities, Open Data community members, data portal owners, commercial re-users, start-ups, researchers, NGOs, and anyone interested in PSI/Open Data re-use. Read more   Publication date: 20/12/2012 Event date: 14/01/2013 – 15/01/2013 International Conference on e-Business and e-Government The conference aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of e-Business and e-Government, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted. Read more  
eLIBRARY
  Publication date: 17/12/2012 10 Rules for Persistent URIs The attached report documents a survey performed by ISA Action 1.1 on Semantic Interoperability in order to explore good practices on the publication of Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI), both in terms of format and of their design rules and management. Read more

 

NIFO Community Newsletter January 2013

 

NIFO COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER, 11/02/2013

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IN THIS ISSUE

 

Welcome to the January 2013 Edition of the NIFO Community newsletter. In this issue you can read about the updates of the Member States and articles about Cloud interoperability: Problems and best practices; learn about Sharing data modelling knowledge, experience and guidelines with the Cooperation project for CISE; and read An example of applied interoperability. You can also get to know about the following event: Interop. Lastly, you can read about a new item in the eLibrary: Case study on how Linked Data is transforming eGovernment. Please visit our News, Events and eLibrary sections to find out more.

UPDATES MEMBER STATES

 

We want to thank the countries that have replied to our request and have provided information related to their NIF or the work-in-progress related to interoperability initiatives in January. Several forum questions were posted on Joinup which have led to interesting discussions that continue today. We therefore invite everyone to post any news, event or question regarding NIF and interoperability.

Validation factsheet on-going

Validated and published factsheet

 

Finland

 

Greece

 

Hungary

 

Italy

 

Luxembourg

 

Malta

 

Poland

 

Portugal

 

Sweden

 

Slovenia

 

The following countries have shown interest in our offer for assistance:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • The Netherlands

NEWS

 

Publication date: 11/01/2013
Cloud interoperability: Problems and best practices
As more applications find their way to the cloud, data portability and other issues are coming to the fore.
Read more

Publication date: 16/01/2013
Sharing data modelling knowledge, experience and guidelines with the cooperation project for CISE
On 8-9 January, a process and methodology for developing shared data models was presented at the kick-off meeting of the Cooperation Project for the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the EU Maritime Domain.
Read more

Publication date: 21/01/2013
An example of applied interoperability
Hear John Vassallo talking in an online video about the Eye on Earth online tool. The website shows data from thousands of air and water quality stations from across Europe in real-time.
Read more

 

EVENTS

Publication date: 10/01/2013
Event date: 06/05/2013 – 10/05/2013
Interop
Interop is an independently organised conference and exhibition designed to empower information technology professionals to make smart business decisions. Interop offers a strong combination of educational content, a dynamic exhibition of technology providers, and peer networking to IT professionals across all industries, so that they can investigate and discover transformative technologies and ideas to put to work across their enterprise.
Read more

eLIBRARY

 

Publication date: 24/01/2013
Case study on how Linked Data is transforming eGovernment
This case study draws the link between Linked Data and eGovernment. It introduces Linked Data as an enabler of eGovernment transformation and summarises the initiatives of the ISA programme of the European Commission towards this direction.
Read more

 

 

NIFO Community Newsletter February 2013

 

NIFO COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER, 13/03/2013

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IN THIS ISSUE

Welcome to the February 2013 Edition of the NIFO Community newsletter. In this issue you can read about the updates of the Member States and articles about Understanding Linked Data by example; learn about the New Belgian NIF site; about the Core Public Service Vocabulary released for public review and read the article Icelandic NIF open for public consultation. You can also get to know about the following event: 2nd CESAR Workshop: reaping the benefits of Europe’s collections of reusable interoperability assets.

Please visit our News, Events and eLibrary sections to find out more.

 

UPDATES MEMBER STATES

We want to thank the countries that have replied to our request and have provided information related to their NIF or the work-in-progress related to interoperability initiatives in February. Several forum questions were posted on Joinup which have led to interesting discussions that continue today. We therefore invite everyone to post any news, event or question regarding NIF and interoperability.

Validation factsheet on-going

Validated and published factsheet

 

Slovenia

 

Austria

 

The following countries have shown interest in our offer for assistance:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Germany (conference call on 21st of February)
  • Greece (conference call on 5th of March)
  • Hungary
  • Iceland (conference call on 12th of March)
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Malta (conference call on 9th of  November 2012)
  • Norway (to be scheduled in March)
  • Poland (conference call on 13th of March)
  • Spain (conference call on 11th of March)
  • Sweden
  • Slovenia (conference call on 14th of January)
  • The Netherlands

NEWS

Updates factsheets
During the month February, several factsheets have been updated (Factsheets library). In the news section, you can find little summaries of the changes in the factsheet of Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Luxemburg.
Read more

Publication date: 01/02/2013
Understanding Linked Data by example
Linked Data is about connecting pieces of related data and information coming from different sources (e.g. information systems and databases). This article explains how to identify and establish links between data.
Read more

Publication date: 04/02/2013
New Belgian NIF site
The Belgian intergovernmental architecture workgroup (AWG) has launched a new version of the Belgian NIF website (Belgif).
Read more

Publication date: 11/02/2013
Core Public Service Vocabulary released for public review
The Core Public Service Vocabulary has entered in public review period. Anyone interested was invited to provide feedback until 27 February 2013 (inclusive).
Read more

 

Publication date: 21/02/2013
Icelandic NIF open for public consultation
The Icelandic NIF is open for public consultation on samvirkni.ut.is. The current focus of the NIF is on technical interoperability. Please feel free to review the NIF and provide your comments.
Read more

 

EVENTS

Publication date: 06/02/2013
Event date: 13/03/2013
2nd CESAR Workshop: reaping the benefits of Europe’s collections of reusable interoperability assets
In order to realise the full potential of the European single market, Public administrations need to seamlessly exchange information across borders and sectors.
Read more

 

NIFO Community Newsletter March 2013

 

NIFO COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER, 19/04/2013

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IN THIS ISSUE

Welcome to the March 2013 Edition of the NIFO Community newsletter. In this issue you can read about the updates of the Member States and learn about the New Belgian NIF site and about the Public Consultation on the draft EUPL v 1.2. You can also get to know the following event: eGov Policies, Practice and Innovations: The Road Ahead for Africa. Please visit our News, Events and eLibrary sections to find out more.

 

UPDATES MEMBER STATES

We want to thank the countries that have replied to our request and have provided information related to their NIF or the work-in-progress related to interoperability initiatives in March. Several forum questions were posted on Joinup which have led to interesting discussions that continue today. We therefore invite everyone to post any news, event or question regarding NIF and interoperability

 

Validation factsheet on-going

Validated and published factsheet

Italy

 

 

 

 

The following countries have shown interest in our offer for assistance:

  • Austria (planning on going)
  • Belgium
  • Germany (conference call on 21st of February)
  • Greece (conference call on 5th of March)
  • Hungary
  • Iceland (conference call on 12th of March)
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Malta (conference call on 9th of November 2012)
  • Norway (planning on going)
  • Poland (planning on going)
  • Spain (conference call on 11th of March)
  • Sweden
  • Slovenia (conference call on 14th of January)
  • The Netherlands

 

NEWS

Publication date: 18/03/2013
Belgian NIF Site
With a short delay, the new Belgian NIF Site, developed by the Belgian intergovernmental architecture workgroup (AWG), is online . (Belgian NIF website - Belgif)
Read more

Publication date: 20/03/2013
Public Consultation on the draft EUPL v 1.2 has been fruitful!
The draft EUPL v 1.2 was submitted to public consultation from mid December 2012 to mid March 2013. 20 messages or contributions were published, leading to effective improvements and updates of the Working Paper (March 15). The EUPL was also commented on multiple external sites, likes LWN. These comments were interesting, even when not leading to concrete changes.
Read more

 

 

EVENTS

Publication date: 22/03/2013
Event date: 25-27/03/2013
eGov Policies, Practice and Innovations: The Road Ahead for Africa
Entering its 7th year, e-Gov Africa is a series of events created by the CTO to assist African stakeholders in identifying ways to improve efficiency, effectiveness and transparency of governance through e-enabling. The Forum is acknowledged by all parties, including NEPAD and ITU, as the foremost platform in Sub-Saharan Africa for sharing knowledge and best practices.
Read more

 

 

NIFO Community Newsletter May 2013

 

 

NIFO COMMUNITY NEWSLETTER, 31/05/2013

 

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IN THIS ISSUE

   

Welcome to the May 2013 Edition of the NIFO Community newsletter. In this issue you can find an overview of the activities that the NIFO project realised in the last nine months. You can read about the updates from the Member States, the State of Play report on Interoperability in Europe, the assistance process to the Member States and the next steps that the NIFO project will take to better serve the Member States.

UPDATES MEMBER STATES

 

We want to thank the countries that have replied to our request and have provided information related to their NIF or the work-in-progress related to interoperability initiatives. Several forum questions were posted on Joinup which have led to interesting discussions that continue today. Please consult the last topic in this newsletter for a brief summary of the most animated discussions. We invite everyone to post any news, event or question regarding NIF and interoperability.

The following table provides an update on the factsheets in the month of May

 

Validation factsheet on-going

Validated and published factsheet

 

Italy

 

Spain

 

Germany

 

Poland

 

Norway

 

 

Throughout the period November 2012 - May 2013, 23 countries provided information that lead to the update of their factsheet. Below you can find an overview of these countries and the date of the most recent update:

  • Austria (02-2013)
  • Cyprus (11-2012)
  • Denmark (11-2012)
  • Estonia (11-2012)
  • Finland (01-2013)
  • Germany (05-2013)
  • Greece (01-2013)
  • Hungary (01-2013)
  • Italy (05-2013)
  • Latvia (12-2012)
  • Liechtenstein (11-2012)
  • Lithuania (11-2012)
  • Luxembourg (01-2013)
  • Malta (01-2013)
  • Norway (05-2013)
  • Poland (05-2013)
  • Portugal (01-2013)
  • Slovakia (11-2012)
  • Slovenia (02-2013)
  • Spain (05-2013)
  • Sweden (01-2013)
  • Switzerland (11-2012)
  • United Kingdom (11-2012)

 

These factsheets can be found in the e-library Factsheets folder on Joinup

 

 

State of Play of interoperability in Europe report

 

In the summer of 2012 the NIFO Governance project started with the aim of implementing the maintenance process, gathering information and analysing the interoperability activities against to the analytical model that was defined in the previous NIFO project.

 

Several countries provided input and dedicated some of their precious time for more in-depth discussions on their NIF and all related elements. The ultimate goal was to provide the Commission with a comprehensive report on the state of play of interoperability in Europe. This report should aid the NIFO to

  • Communicate more effectively and efficiently,
  • Raise awareness and engage MSs in development of their NIF, 
  • Provide the MS with support and
  • Establish a common basis on which the NIFs can be further developed.  

 

Thanks to all the support and information provided this report became quite extensive. It was therefore decided that a shorter, more concise report will be made available to the Member States in Q3 of 2013.

 

Common denominators

 

As stated above, the report on the State of ¨Play of interoperability in Europe also aimed to provide guidance as to what should be the common basis on which the NIFs can be further developed.

 

To this end a list of common denominators was established. These common denominators are elements that should be included in any NIF. 

 

The full list of these common denominators will be published on Joinup in the near future so that you may comment on them. All information from the discussions will be taken up for the next NIFO project.

 

Please check the NIFO Community for updates.

 

 

Assistance to the Member States: summary of the support given

 

During the timeframe November 2012 to May 2013, support has been provided to:

  • Malta (11-2012)
  • Slovenia (01-2013)
  • Germany (02-2013)
  • Greece (03-2013)
  • Iceland (03-2013)
  • Spain (03-2013)
  • Norway (04-2013)
  • Italy (05-2013)

For Poland the support was not completely finalised:

 

The items treated within the support process were numerous. They ranged from questions on how the recommendations of the EIF should be interpreted, to how other countries have implemented the principle or recommendation.

 

Also good practices were discussed during these meetings. For Slovenia it was clearly noted that the principles should be better explained, this would provide a quick-win in terms of alignment and would provide the user of the NIF with a better general understanding of the positioning of the NIF. In the case of Spain it provoked interesting discussions as to how the conceptual model should be perceived.

The draft NIF of Malta was reviewed and examples were provided on how other countries tackled the establishment of a NIF. Also for Iceland the draft NIF was reviewed and discussed during a conference call. It was then that it became clear that for Iceland not all information is reprised yet on the webpage.

 

During the animated conversations in the conference calls it became clear that often the country in question has a lot more information available than it assumes. This material is often directly linked to interoperability but not necessarily taken up in the NIF. The information gathered in these calls directly lead to better alignment of the countries involved.

 

Generally speaking the support process provided deepened insights for all parties involved in how the EIF, the elements and recommendations are perceived and implemented. These insights were shared as much as possible throughout the other contacts with Member States.

 

The follow-up of this NIFO project will continue to provide support to those Member States interested.

 

New process of data gathering

 

The report on the State of Play combined with the knowledge gained in the previous project indicated that the data gathering process was one of the most challenging aspects of the projects. It was therefore decided that within the next NIFO project, a new approach should be taken towards this aspect.

 

The Member States will now be requested to fill in the analytical model themselves with all the information they deem relevant. This analysis will then be verified by the NIFO Team and where needed the team will contact the Member State for clarifications. After agreement on the analysis the factsheet will be updated and validation by the Member State will be requested, as it is currently the case. Furthermore, the lay-out of the factsheet will change to better serve the needs and requests received throughout the project. Once approved, the factsheet will be published on Joinup.

 

Analytical model on Joinup

 

A direct consequence of having the Member State fill in their specific excel is that the data can be easily manipulated and processed. This processing will now not only serve the internal purpose of the Member State but the community in general.

 

The completed analytical model by the Member State will be available on Joinup, together with the analysis from all other Member State that participate to the project. The information will be gathered in one large file that will be accessible to all. This means that a comprehensive comparative analytical model of all the NIFs will be available. You can then examine an element and its implementation in detail for several countries.

 

Ongoing discussions on Joinup

 

The NIF definition is (not) suited for its purpose!

Different persons commented on the definition proposed: “An interoperability framework is an agreed approach to interoperability for organisations that wish to work together towards the joint delivery of public services. Within its scope of applicability, it specifies a set of common elements such as vocabulary, concepts, principles, policies, guidelines, recommendations, standards, specifications and practices.”

Several of these persons could find themselves more aligned with the definition proposed by RAND: “An interoperability framework is a set of principles, policies, criteria, specifications, standards, protocols, and procedures aimed at helping eGovernment developers to design, acquire, and implement systems, data, semantics, business processes, and policies that interact with each other efficiently, effectively, flexibly, and meaningfully to enable government organizations to provide useful services to citizens, businesses, and each other.”

 

It is a good idea to have a centralised agency concerned with interoperability!

The comments on this statement can be summarized as follows:

A central agency should have a coordinating and driving role and the motivation could be derived from financial benefits and political commitment for more effective and efficient public services.

Ownership must be anchored with the stakeholders involved. Interoperability has however far too many aspects to be centralized in a single agency, so a distributed architecture management function, explicitly responsible for interoperability would be an option.