2nd CESAR Workshop Highlights Report Brussels 13 March 2013
2nd CESAR WorkshopReaping the benefits of Europe’s collections of reusableinteroperability assetsThe workshop offered participants the opportunity to share theirexperience and views on how Public Administrations can maximallybenefit from collections of reusable interoperability assets.In order to realise the full potential of the the reuse of interoperability assets - theseEuropean single market, Public are agreements such as schemas andadministrations need to seamlessly reference data used for electronicexchange information across borders and information exchange. Since the go-live insectors. The Interoperability Solutions for January 2013, users can exploreEuropean Public Administrations (ISA) collections of more than 1500 reusableProgramme of the European Commission interoperability assets in 21 federatedaddresses this need by promoting repositories on Joinup.
Workshop in figures45 participants ...from 18 countries Iceland Sweden Finland Types of organisations Estonia represented United KingdomStandardisation Academia body 2% Latvia 2% The Netherlands Belgium Slovakia European Austria Hungary institution Public 29% France Romania administration Croatia 38% Spain Italy Greece Portugal Non-Profit Organisation Private sector 5% 24%
Workshop HighlightsInteroperability Solutions for European public administrationsMargarida Abecasis, Head of Unit , ISA Programme of the European Commission“Interoperability between Public Administrations is the key to facetoday’s challenges and increase efficiency, transparency and quality ofpublic services. Interoperability requires harmonisation, adoption ofcommon standards and frameworks.”Margarida Abecasis introduced the workshop Margarida Abecasis highlighted the role ofby presenting the work carried out by the ISA interoperability as a key enabler for PublicProgramme and giving an overview on the Administrations to join forces, bringing downchallenges faced by Public Administrations to e-barriers and overcoming financialprovide end-users with interoperable, constraints. In this context, Margarida alsoqualitative and sustainable services. brought to the attention of the audience the European Interoperability Framework and other initiatives of ISA Programme.
Workshop HighlightsRound table - Partner organisations’ testimonialsTaking stock of the current collections of interoperability assets included in the federation on Joinup. Exploring interoperability assets on Joinup - Stijn Goedertier Greek Interoperability Catalogue - Thodoris Papadopoulos RIHA, the Estonian catalogue of public sector information systems - Priit Parmakson W3C Standards and Technical Reports - Phil Archer Belgian Interoperability Catalogue – Bart Hanssens Publications Office of the EU - Pascale Berteloot and Willem van Gemert Yhteentoimivuus.fi, Finnish Interoperability Catalogue - Anne Kauhanen-Simanainen Listpoint – the open platform for code list standards - David Mitton Dutch Standardisation Forum – “Comply or explain“ standards - Marijke Abrahamse
Workshop HighlightsSaving money through reuseStrategies to enhance reuse of interoperability assets in e-Government system development. Reusing interoperability assets for Europe’s large-scale pilots Muriel Foulonneau, Public Research Centre Henri Tudor The Large Scale Pilots (LSPs) aimed at developing practical solutions tested in real life government service cases across Europe. The LSPs have worked independently and developed several building blocks to facilitate interoperability. These building blocks are not only reusable pieces of software, but also reusable models, datasets, and methodologies. Documenting these building blocks using ADMS is a initial step to address the issue of governance on tools, models, datasets, etc. A Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform and INSPIRE Assets Robin Smith and Andrea Perego, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission - JRC The INSPIRE Directive (2007/02/EC) aims to create a spatial data infrastructure that will facilitate spatial data access across borders in an harmonised way. In this context technical guidelines and codelists for supporting the implementation of INSPIRE directive are available on Joinup. The re-use of such assets can improve cross-sector data interoperability as exemplified in the European Register for railway infrastructure (RINF) and Location Core Vocabulary pilot cases. Against lock-in: building open ICT systems using standards Anne-Marie Sassen, DG CONNECT Many public administrations are locked into their ICT systems because of proprietary technology. The impact of such lock-in is that Public Administrations have less choice on ICT suppliers. As a consequence Public Administrations tend to pay high prices and become highly dependent of proprietary technology suppliers. In this context, as part of Action 23 of the Digital Agenda, DG CONNECT is promoting the adoption of Open ICT Standards and exchange of best practices on how to better use standards in order to resolve lock in.
Workshop HighlightsReusable tools for generating ADMS-conform descriptionsExisting tools for maintaining collections of interoperability assets and producing ADMS-conform descriptions.. Join the ADMS-enabled federation in 3 steps Michiel De Keyzer, PwC EU Services The ISA Programme launched the Joinup ADMS-enabled federation in January 2013. Since then 21 partner organisations have made more than 1500 semantic assets; i.e. data exchange models, taxonomies, data definitions and reference data discoverable via single search on Joinup. Joining this federation does not have to be difficult. The ISA Programme has developed a spreadsheet-based tool that can be used for describing semantic assets with ADMS. Several partners highlighted this tool as a strong point of the 3-steps approach to join the ADMS-based federation. Host and maintain your collection of assets in Joinup Szabolcs Szekacs, DIGIT - ISA Programme Joinup already supports the ADMS-enabled federation of semantic asset repositories making available more than 1500 semantic assets. However, the reuse promoted by the ISA Programme through Joinup goes beyond that. Member States which do not have an interoperability portal can host their semantic assets on Joinup or use Joinup open source code to build their national portals. Additionally, Joinup provides services to help Public Administrations hosting and maintaining collections of interoperability solutions on Joinup.
Workshop HighlightsLooking ahead – expanding our universeFuture actions to support public administrations to increase interoperability in all interoperability layers. Expanding towards other interoperability layers Alice Vasilescu, PwC EU Services It is not an easy task to find the right standards, specifications, tools or services to build interoperable ICT systems. The ISA Programme has launched the ADMS-enabled federation, a solution that helps Public Administrations to easily explore such assets on Joinup. Currently only semantic and open software assets’ catalogues are available through this federation. However the ISA Programme plans to extend ADMS and the federation on Joinup to other types of assets such as legal, organisation and technical assets. Joinup will then host a complete European Federated Interoperability Catalogue (EFIR). Status of ADMS in the W3C GLD Working Group Phil Archer, W3C The Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS) was first developed by the ISA programme and published by the European Commission. Since March 2012, further development is being undertaken by W3C’s Government Linked Data Working Group (GLD WG). The GLD WG aims at providing standards which help governments publish their data as effective and usable Linked Data using Semantic Web technologies. In this context, the ADMS is currently published as First Public Working Draft and signals its move to the Recommendations Track. By the end of March 2013 ADMS is going to be a W3C Working Group Note.