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Vassilios Peristeras | Promoting Semantic Interoperability for European Public Services: the European Commission ISA2 Programme

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Vassilios Peristeras | Promoting Semantic Interoperability for European Public Services: the European Commission ISA2 Programme

  1. 1. SEMANTIC INTEROPERABILITY FOR PUBLIC SERVICES: THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ISA2 PROGRAMME Dr. Vassilios Peristeras: vassilios.peristeras@ec.europa.eu European Commission, DG Informatics, ISA² Programme
  2. 2. Intro: Digital Single Market - ISA2 – EIF Data (aka Semantic) Standards Semantic Standards in ISA2
  3. 3. The ISA2 Programme Duration: 2016 – 2020 Budget: 130ME
  4. 4. Digital Single Market 4 Adoption of a Priority ICT Standards Plan and extending the European Interoperability Framework for public services
  5. 5. The Interoperability Layers From the revised European Interoperability Framework, draft version
  6. 6. EIF Information Interoperability 6 Recommendation 44. Public administrations should perceive data and information as a public asset which should be appropriately generated/collected, managed, shared, protected and preserved. Recommendation 45. Public administrations should put in place an information management strategy at the higher possible level to avoid fragmentation and duplication. Metadata, master data and reference data management should be prioritised. Recommendation 43. Publish open data in machine-readable, non-proprietary formats. Ensure that open data are accompanied by high quality, machine-readable meta-data in non-proprietary formats, including a description of their content, the way data are collected and its level of quality and the licence terms under which it is made available. The use of common vocabularies for expressing metadata is recommended.
  7. 7. Intro: Digital Single Market - ISA2 – EIF Data (aka Semantic) Standards Semantic Standards in ISA2
  8. 8. How do we achieve technical interoperability? Semantic Standards
  9. 9. Semantic Standards
  10. 10. We need universal data standards in a similar way we need (and use) universal technology standards Semantic Standards
  11. 11. Data (aka semantic) standards: Social agreements on how we describe the world Semantic Standards
  12. 12. Data standards suffer from domain and country-based fragmentation Semantic Standards
  13. 13. Moving from… • Close-world systems design o I know all my clients and their information requirements - Island IT design towards… • Open-world, data-driven systems design o I don’t know who and how in the future will use my data - Design based on data standards Semantic Standards
  14. 14. Intro: Digital Single Market - ISA2 – EIF Data (aka Semantic) Standards Semantic Standards in ISA
  15. 15. Making visible existing standards Semantic standards in ISA2
  16. 16. 16 How could we promote the reuse of existing data (semantic) standards at the European level? … by agreeing on a common language (template) to describe semantic standards … creating a yellow page infrastructure with standards descriptions and links to the actual standards Semantic standards in ISA2
  17. 17. 17 Participant Profiles Who is already sharing? 4 2 par t ner or ganisat ions 11 Member States 8 European Institutions 4 standardisation organisations 8 other stakeholders = mor e t han 2 3 00 int er oper abilit y solut ions 9 Federated Forges 42 partner organisations + many individual contributors = more than 2000 interoperability solutions 15 Member States 8 European Institutions 4 standardisation organisations 8 other stakeholders 9 Federated Forges Semantic standards in ISA2
  18. 18. Making visible existing standards Establishing agreements on basic semantics Semantic standards in ISA2
  19. 19. What has been discovered over the years is that there are a number of (information) structures that are universal and applicable to all kinds of organizations, both private and public. There are four fundamental categories: People and Organizations, Geography, Physical Resources and Activities and Events. David Hay, Describing the World: Data Patterns “ “ Semantic standards in ISA2
  20. 20. Agreeing on conceptual models of core data entities The ISA Core Vocabularies CORE VOCABULARY PUBLIC SERVICE [1] https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/asset/core_vocabularies/description The Core Vocabularies are simplified, re-usable and extensible data models that capture the fundamental characteristics of a data entity in a context-neutral and syntax-neutral fashion [1] “ “ 20 REGISTERED VOCABULARY ORGANIZATION Semantic standards in ISA2
  21. 21. The ISA Core Vocabularies The Core Vocabularies are simplified, re-usable and extensible data models that capture the fundamental characteristics of a data entity in a context-neutral and syntax-neutral fashion [1] “ “ 21 Semantic standards in ISA2
  22. 22. Making visible existing standards Establishing agreements on basic semantics Improving interoperability of open data Semantic standards in ISA2
  23. 23. The DCAT Application profile (DCAT-AP) is a common template to describe public sector datasets and data catalogs APPLICATION PROFILE FOR EUROPEAN DATA PORTALS DCAT • DCAT-AP v1.1 published in October 2015 • GEO/DCAT-AP published in December 2015 • STAT/DCAT-AP is under development, expected Q4 2016 Semantic standards in ISA2
  24. 24. Implementation of DCAT-AP Examples of European/National data portals provide metadata export: • European Data Portal (https://www.europeandataportal.eu/) • The Dutch Open Data Portal (https://data.overheid.nl) • The Brussels Open Data Portal (http://opendata.brussels.be) • The Flemish Open Data Portal (http://opendataforum.info) • Swedish national data portal (http://oppnadata.se/) • Norwegian Open Data Portal (http://spec.dataportals.org/) • The Spanish Open Data Portal (http://www.datos.gob.es) • ... 24 Semantic standards in ISA2
  25. 25. Making visible existing standards Establishing agreements on basic semantics Improving interoperability of open data Raising awareness on semantic interoperability and metadata management Communities Studies Visits Semantic standards in ISA2
  26. 26. Join the SEMIC group on LinkedIn Follow @SEMICeu on Twitter Join the SEMIC community on Joinup Vassilios.Peristeras@ec.europa.eu Get involvedVisit our initiatives ADMS. SW CORE VOCABULARY PUBLIC SERVICE REGISTERED VOCABULARY ORGANIZATION SEMANTIC INTEROPERABILITY FOR PUBLIC SERVICES: THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ISA2 PROGRAMME
  27. 27. Visit ec.europa.eu/sr-awards Sharing & Reuse Awards Showcase your success, take part! Apply by 28 October 2016 Prizes up to €15 000 An ISA2 programme initiative Contest for IT solutions in public administration

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