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Your Europe – reuse of national content

When is this action of interest to you?

You are working in a public administration and are charged with providing EU-relevant information to businesses and citizens. You would like to access comprehensive, up-to-date information from other public administrations in one central place. You would also like to provide your own national information to just one central site and not to several. This programme will ensure fast, cost-effective exchange and coherence across platforms.

What is this action about?

Your Europe is a European Commission web portal providing help and advice on living, working and travelling in the EU. It aims to help citizens know their rights and find practical tips for moving around Europe. It also provides multilingual information and online government services for companies doing business in another country. Your Europe is operated jointly by the European Commission and national Member State authorities.

This ISA programme sets out to facilitate the exchange of information between the Your Europe portal and national information portals and aims to develop, share and reuse a common framework for European information portals. The common framework will be in a semantic asset form and thus contribute to semantic interoperability.

Until now, national information for the Your Europe portal has been provided through a non-automated process of ad hoc requests addressed to national authorities via the members of the Your Europe Editorial Board.

This is a time-consuming exercise for both national authorities and the European Commission. Due to the lack of common terminology and content structure between different national portals and Your Europe, national authorities are obliged to feed two portals with information at the same time. People who wish to find information online are confronted with a multitude of presentations, different terminologies for similar or identical concepts, etc. This does not reinforce the feeling of an efficient European information service.

What are the objectives?

  • offering to Member States an automated, cross-border information exchange and updated semantic asset for the structure of their national portals;
  • facilitating simple, fast, cost-effective exchange through content syndication and, importantly, ensuring coherent information for the user across the two portals;
  • providing savings in resources, both for the EU Commission and public administrations, increased cooperation, transparency and a multilingual service catalogue.

What are the benefits?

Benefit
  • Available EU assistance services (Europe Direct, Enterprise Europe Network, CSS, SOLVIT, European Consumer Centres network, etc.) can provide their services directly via Your Europe.
Beneficiaries
  • European Commission Services
Benefit
  • Reusable semantic asset for national information portals ensuring semantic interoperability.
Beneficiaries
  • Member States' public administrations & ICT suppliers
Benefit
  • Coordinated and structured way of providing information.
Beneficiaries
  • Member States' public administrations & ICT suppliers
Benefit
  • Information available in EN, FR, DE.
Beneficiaries
  • Member States' public administrations & ICT suppliers
Benefit
  • Through content syndication, the resource intensiveness for providing the content would be kept to a minimum.
Beneficiaries
  • Member States' public administrations & ICT suppliers
Benefit
  • Faster access to multilingual information for citizens and businesses.
Beneficiaries
  • Citizens and businesses
Benefit
  • Reuse of life-cycle structure of Your Europe portal as basis for creation of their portals.
Beneficiaries
  • Member States' public administrations & ICT suppliers

What is our approach?

The project will be managed by a Project Management Board consisting of the lead EU Commission departments. DG DIGIT's expertise on technical aspects will also be sought when needed.

Member States' public administrations will also be closely involved in the different project phases through the existing Your Europe Editorial Board. They will discuss and agree upon the proposals for common terminology and the choice of the most appropriate content syndication tool – possibly the open source content syndication toolbox from SPOCS.

The first phase will be a feasibility study including a detailed project charter, highlighting the concrete steps and specifications for any development needed, followed by a pilot phase with a reduced number of countries and then the progressive roll-out to others in the operational phase.

Project core data
  • Project start/finish:
    Q3/2010 to Q4/2012
  • Parties involved: EU institutions (DG Enterprise, DG Internal Market)
  • ISA contribution: EUR 700 000

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 20700

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