NIFO Newsletter August 2014

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This newsletter keeps you updated on the National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) community. It contains the latest news, factsheets, upcoming events and discussions.

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Latest news

NIFO renews comparison of interoperability frameworks
27 June 2014 - The National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) community is making available a new series of factsheets, following a recent analysis of the policies and activities on interoperability in European countries. They highlight the status of the national interoperability frameworks and their alignment with the European Interoperability Framework (EIF).
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UN Public Service Awards for Austria and Spain
22 May 2014 - The United Nations Public Service Awards are a prestigious international recognition of excellence in the public service. The annual competition promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public services and rewards creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions. The final evaluation of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA) has revealed that two EU Member States have been awarded in the Category “Improving the Delivery of Public Services”. In the regional category for Europe and North America, Austria has been awarded the first place for with their Data.gv.at platform, while Spain has been awarded the second place with their Data Intermediation Platform.
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Council adopts electronic identification rules
12 August 2014 – According to a press release from the Council of the European Union, dated July 23rd, the Council adopted a regulation which lays down conditions for mutual recognition of electronic identification; sets rules for trust services, in particular for electronic transactions; and creates a legal framework for electronic signatures, seals and time stamps, electronic documents as well as electronic registered delivery services and certificate services for website authentication.
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Factsheets

NIFO Factsheets eGovernment Factsheets
The latest version of the NIFO factsheets, dated May 2014 are available. A new section, titled “eGovernment Factsheets”, presents the latest versions of the factsheets, dated April 2014.
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Events

DATA Conference 2014
29 - 30 August 2014. [Vienna, Austria]
World e-ID Congress
22 - 25 September 2014. [Marseille, France]
Interop – New-York
29 September - 03 October 2014. [New-York, USA]
Global Forum
17 - 18 November 2014. [Geneva, Switzerland]
 

Discussions

NIFO Community - updates for your country
The NIFO Community aims at regularly updating the information regarding interoperability in each country. What are the main events you identify as triggering the update of the analytical model? Is it, for example, the definition of a new eGovernment Action Plan? How often do you estimate that an update of the analytical model can be done for your country? The current process for collecting information uses the analytical model spreadsheet and email discussions. Would you consider/prefer a direct access to the model which would allow the Member States to update the information on the NIFO community themselves? If so, for which type of information? Is it the data for evaluating the implementation? Please provide your views and experience.
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NIFO Newsletter November 2014

Image removed.Welcome to the November 2014 Edition of the NIFO Community newsletter.

This newsletter keeps you updated on the National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) community. It contains the latest news, documents in the eLibrary, NIFO functionality, upcoming events and discussions.

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NIFO: Dedicated to sharing experience and best practices.

Several countries have shared with NIFO recent work on their interoperability frameworks. It is great to see their stronger alignment with the European Interoperability Framework. The observatory identified new interoperability platforms supporting data exchange, eServices and eSignature. You can find all this information in the latest updates of the NIFO factsheets. A new toolbox was also created. It collects information supporting you in the alignment exercise. The “Alignment Examples” documents are one of the toolbox’s features. They detail 68 examples from Member States’ NIFs. The recent paper on the Spanish approach to integrating interoperability in the eGovernment legal framework was also added to the toolbox. The NIFO also publishes the eGovernment factsheets. These bring us insight on the context supporting the delivery of interoperable public services. An update exercise is starting now with a brand new structure, more news to come in the next newsletter. The 2014 State-of-Play Report on interoperability will be published shortly on Joinup. As an observatory, we are devoted to the exchange of knowledge and committed to supporting you in sharing insight.   

Latest news

Machine Translation tool for public administrations — now accessible over the Internet
1 September 2014 - 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 (https). The service was previously only accessible for institutions that were connected to the highly secured sTESTA network. The new web access now also allows public administrations that are not connected to the sTESTA network to request access for their staff.
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New NIFO toolbox lists 68 NIF-EIF alignment examples
30 September 2014 - The NIFO community is making available a new “Toolbox section”, which is collecting information helping Member States to align National Interoperability Frameworks (NIFs) with the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). The “Alignment Examples” documents are one of the toolbox’s features. They detail the 34 elements of the EIF by providing examples from Member States’ NIFs. This new collection of documents provides 68 concrete illustrations supporting Member States in completing the alignment exercise by sharing existing practices. These examples follow a recent analysis of the policies and activities on interoperability in European countries.
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NIF observatory: interoperability platforms boost data exchange, eServices and eSignature
21 October 2014 – Recently published on the Joinup platform, the updated NIFO factsheets provide new information on interoperability for over half of the countries. The update replaces factsheets from May this year. The observatory identified new interoperability platforms in many fields, including data exchange, eServices and eSignature.
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EC publishes five e-service building blocks
7 October 2014 - Five IT components for building e-government services involving ID, signatures, invoices, data exchange and machine translation are now available. The building blocks were developed and piloted by Member States in several large scale pilots.
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German e-health working group reasserts focus on interoperability
13 November 2014 - Interoperability of e-health solutions is getting renewed attention from Germany’s health care organisations. Trouble with exchanging information between medical systems is hindering e-health reaching its full potential, says the Federal Ministry of Health.
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Latest documents in the eLibrary

NIFO Alignment Examples
29 September 2014 - This collection of four documents presents a series of examples of alignment between National Interoperability Frameworks (NIFs) and the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). They are provided in the context of the NIFO in order to highlight a sample of elements in the Member States' NIFs which are aligned with the EIF.
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The National Interoperability Framework of Spain, a Global Approach to Interoperability Integrated in the eGovernment Legal Framework
21 October 2014 - 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. The author develops the three key success factors of the Spanish NIF:
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New NIFO functionality

The NIFO community is making available a new “Toolbox section”.
The toolbox is collecting information, helping Member States to align National Interoperability Frameworks (NIFs) with the European Interoperability Framework (EIF).
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Events

UBL International 2014 Symposium
02 December 2014. [Stokholm, Sweden]
CeDEM Asia 2014
04 - 05 December 2014. [Hong Kong, China]
10th ODF Plugfest
08 - 09 December 2014. [London, United Kingdom]
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]

Discussions

Finding best measuring of success
These questions address both NIF compliance and NIF benefits. There are different ways to deal with conformity, such as publishing declarations of compliance or paying attention to procurement policies, criteria and evaluations and checking their compliance with the frameworks. It is also interesting to measure the degree of adoption and implementation of the NIF and the degree of achievement of various goals. One of these goals can be for example, in public procurement, the re-use of recommended standards. Another example is the degree of interconnection of public entities to the public communication platform (e.g. Red Sara for Spain, SPC for Italy).
Addressing the benefits of interoperability, however, implies monitoring at another level, and can look into the effectiveness of the various processes specified within a NIF for instance. Another example would be analysing the cost-effectiveness of specific eServices or overall eGovernment delivery that are the expected outcomes of implementing and using the NIF. What do you think is the most efficient way to monitor an interoperability framework? How do you currently monitor your NIF?
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You too can use the NIFO Community to share your work. Tell us which interoperability topics deserve special attention. Share with us information, news and studies which describe your systems, policies, challenges and your successes. Maybe you have heard of an upcoming event that we should all support. Send us your ideas so we can help support each other and grow together.