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Trusted information exchange

While seamless data exchange is becoming ever more important in Europe, there is a need for agreements and guidance in this area – both at the European Commission and Member State levels – that ensure that the information is exchanged in a secure and trustworthy manner. The cluster Trusted information exchange tackles the challenges posed by the different administrative, technical and legal backgrounds of the Member States, which can hinder the smooth and secure transfer of data.

The cluster deals with information that is exchanged cross-border, typically taking place in sector-specific projects. The cluster addresses topics such as semantics, information availability and usage, trust and privacy, and the catalogue of services. 

Improving semantic interoperability in European eGovernment systems

black computer keyboardPromoting semantic interoperability amongst the European Union Member States

Action 1.1

Improving cross-border access to government data

backup folderAccess to base registries

Action 1.2

EU-wide interoperability of electronic identities

A macro closeup of a computer screen with a username and password text box.ECAS-STORK integration

Action 1.4

Developing electronic procurement for Europe

keyboardCIPA - Common Infrastructure for Public Administrations Sustainability (Including PEPPOL) – formerly called "PEPPOL Sustainability"

Action 1.6 – 1.19

Promoting the take-up of pan-European electronic procurement

keyboarde-PRIOR electronic procurement platform

Action 1.7

Permitting secure document workflows between EU and national institutions

filesTrusted Exchange Platform – e-Trustex

Action 1.8

eSignature tools to support cross-border access to eServices for businesses

Concept of computer worldTSL and eSignature creation/verification tools

Action 1.9

Flexible administrative cooperation platform

IMI logoIMI – the Internal Market Information System

Action 1.10

Managing and supporting the exchange of information

Lock symbol on screenGENIS – Generic Interoperable Notification Services

Action 1.11

Reusable tools for information collection

Team work networkOpen source software to support the European Citizens' Initiative

Action 1.12

Open Source software for editing legislation

keyboardLEOS – Legislation Editing Open Software

Action 1.13

Development of a new cross-sector information system

A collage of technology related images showing people working with computersSOLVIT – effective problem solving in Europe

Action 1.14

Making administrative data available for reuse

Magnifying glass over the world map - Europe zoomOpen Government Data

Action 1.15

Facilitating the exchange of legislation data in Europe

nullEuropean Legislation Identifier (ELI)

Action 1.21

Users Insights
    • "One should focus on the processes, one should ensure that you optimise the services you provide. The semantics and technical details will follow."

      Adam Arndt
      Special Adviser, Danish National IT and Telecom Agency
    • "The initiatives that attract the attention of citizens come at local and regional level. That's where the challenge is: to have a framework where these services can be developed at a local level but then be exploited at a national and Union level."

      Declan Deasy
      Director, DG Informatics, European Commission
    • "The EU Commission is doing a great job…but its not yet enough: it really depends on the individuals and on the willingness of the people to make their information available and to communicate with each other."

      Stefan Decker
      Director of the Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Ireland
    • "We would like to foster more collaboration between the Member States. We know that it exists, however we think that electronic cooperation between the Member States can bring additional value both to the Member State administrations and to the citizens and businesses."

      Polina Mosheva
      ISA Programme Manager, DG Informatics, European Commission
    • "The key challenges in Europe are just like in the United States. It’s changing the cultural mindset, it’s making it happen, it’s getting people out of their silos, out of their silos."

      Dr Brad Niemann
      Director and Senior Data Scientist at Semantic Community USA
    • "If we really want to promote semantic interoperability, we should not only concentrate on promoting technologies. But we should also try to promote what is at the core of semantic interoperability, which is basically common agreements."

      Vasilios Peristeras
      ISA Programme Manager, DG Informatics, European Commission
    • "Practically in local government, unlike central government, everybody’s got their day jobs, there are very few specialists, so you really have to make a business case for people to get involved. You have to show them something works, you have to provide the tools for them."

      Mike Thacker
      Technical Director at Porism Limited, UK
    • "Interestingly, we find where we provide web-based tools and web-based standards such as standard vocabularies, standard algorithms, it’s actually the smaller municipalities that make most use of those because they don’t have their own internal infrastructure."

      Mike Thacker
      Technical Director at Porism Limited, UK