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Interoperability architecture

The Interoperability architecture cluster aims to further align cross-border and cross-sector IT infrastructures that are already available. Creating an interoperability architecture cannot be done overnight. It requires solid, long-term planning and communication. Developments need to take into account the impact on all transactions between the systems involved.

The cluster addresses a broad range of activities:

  • Agreeing upon common architecture guidelines
  • Creating the architecture itself
  • Supporting the maintenance of the architecture
  • Identifying and developing common building blocks.

2.1Towards a European Interoperability Architecture

Multicolor cubic blocks forming a bigger cube - © Thinkstock -f9photosElaboration of a common vision for a European Interoperability Architecture – EIA


When is this action of interest to you?

You work in a public administration. A cross-border public service is about to be developed. You would like to keep costs down and reuse solutions that have already been developed. The EIA should facilitate interoperability and reuse when developing public services.

2.2Achieving a modern ICT standardisation policy

Rating panel showing score Excellent highlighted - © thinkstock -olm26250CAMSS - Common Assessment Method Standards and Specifications


When is this action of interest to you?

You want to use ICT standards or specifications in procuring and implementing your regional, national or cross border ICT services. You would like to make sure that you choose the best available ICT standards or specifications to fulfill your business needs. CAMSS will provide you with a comprehensive method to help you in the assessment of ICT standards and specifications.

2.3Towards secure digital communication across networks

keyboard buttons-accessPublic Key Infrastructure (PKI) Services


When is this action of interest to you?

You are a Member State authority, a European Institution or an agency and you want to increase the security of your data exchanges in your cross-border activities

Public key infrastructures (PKI) are a temporary solution until interoperable national PKI Services are put in place.

The action has been discontinued, since the eIDAS regulation and the existence of the national Trusted List will now enable the mutual recognition of qualified certificates issued by national Electronic Certification Providers.

2.4Strengthening the EU’s telecommunications backbone

Skydivers in circular formation - © Thinkstock - Digital VisionData communication network service – sTESTA


When is this action of interest to you?

You would like to implement an information system to exchange data between European and national administrations. The security and availability of the data are especially important to you. The sTESTA network meets your needs.

2.5Continual support and service improvements for online communities

Illustration showing individuals working over a secure network - © iStockphoto - Tom De SpiegelaereCIRCABC – Communication and Information Resource Centre for Administrations, Businesses and Citizens


When is this action of interest to you?

You are a member of a widespread collaborative group. You would like to share information and resources in private workspaces over the web. The open-source, web-based CIRCABC meets your needs.

2.6A tool for Europe-wide online consultations and surveys

Pencil-ticked box on multiple choice sheet, EU flag in the background - ©FotoliaEUSurvey


When is this action of interest to you?

You would like to create and conduct multilingual online surveys with easy results analysis. With the user-friendly EUSurvey software (formerly IPM), which supports all steps of the survey process, you can collect any information you need. This open source, free-of-charge, web-based application makes it easier both for respondents to answer the consultations and for survey managers to analyse the results.

2.7Help and advice on living, working and travelling in the EU

mouseYour Europe – facilitating the 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.

2.8Machine Translation Service

MT@EC visual  - © European CommissionMT@EC - Machine Translation Service by the European Commission


When is this action of interest to you?

You receive a question or a request in an official EU language you do not understand, and you need to see if it is relevant for you and who you could forward it to for further action. The new European Commission machine translation service allows you to quickly check the general meaning of incoming information and fall back on human translation when you need high quality translation.

2.9Towards the full digitisation of EU document exchange

laptops connectedDocument repository services for EU policy support


When is this action of interest to you?

Your organization is looking for a solution to store documents in a secure way, manage them along their whole lifecycle and automatize workflows related to EU policy support. The document repository and web services meet your needs.

2.10Towards better crisis and business continuity management

managment meetingMultisectorial crisis and business continuity services


When is this action of interest to you?

You are a member of an organization that has to implement a Business Continuity Plan without being able to afford an IT tool. You are a member of an organization dealing with the management of crisis in a specific area and you have some needs not fulfilled by any systems in Europe. You wish to make your own crisis management applications interoperable with some other systems. This action will help you to share your needs and to evaluate a common approach with other stakeholders.

2.11Supporting cross-border accessibility and interoperability in eProcurement

World communication via internetPromoting consistent eu e-procurement monitoring and performance


When is this action of interest to you?

You are a procurement agency, or the manager of an eProcurement operation, or a responsible officer with a national or European policy-making body in the domain of eProcurement. You need business data on the functioning of eProcurement systems to make your business decisions. This action will create the conditions for you to receive the information you need by defining performance indicators for eProcurement and a methodology to gather standardized eProcurement performance data produced by different eProcurement systems across the EU.

2.12Bringing cross-border interoperability to healthcare

A laptop computer and a stethoscope together, meant to convey the concept of the universal electronic medical record.eHealth European Interoperability Framework


When is this action of interest to you?

You are a developer of eHealth systems. You would like to know with which standards and profiles your system should be compliant when deploying in different regions and member states of the EU.

You are a purchaser of eHealth solutions, and you would like to specify in your tendering procedure the eHealth systems you want to purchase in order for them to be interoperable.

You are a regional or national authority planning the deployment of eHealth systems and you want to create an interoperability framework enabling the provision of cross border services.

The eHealth European Interoperability Framework will meet your needs.

2.13Delivering savings, growth and better services through location-enabled eGovernment

EULF logoEstablishment of a European Union Location Framework (EULF)


When is this action of interest to you?

You work for a European public administration and you would like to have a coherent location framework to facilitate the integration of location information in eGovernment services, increase alignment in existing and future EU policies, and improve interoperability based on geospatial information (GI) and eGovernment standards. The EULF will build on the Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE) currently being implemented.

2.14Evaluating and rationalising ICT in public administrations

nullAssessment of trans-European systems supporting EU policies


When is this action of interest to you?

You are a European public administration that would like to increase its efficiency and decrease the costs. The rationalization of IT systems supporting EU policies will contribute to this objective by identifying re-useable building blocks.

2.15Defining a common approach to electronic document and file exchange

Illustration showing pile of electronic files and folders sliding out of laptop monitor - ©Thinkstock - Bet_NoireInteroperability agreements on electronic document and electronic file


When is this action of interest to you?

You are a European public administration that needs to save costs and reduce the administrative burden. Defining common interoperability agreements in relation to the electronic documents and the electronic files will contribute to this objective.

2.16Towards a simple procurement eligibility assessment

Illustration showing three hands respectively pointing at and manipulating the same document  - ©FotoliaEuropean Single Procurement Document Service


When is this action of interest to you?

You are a supplier wishing to participate in public procurement. You are a public administration body engaging in public procurement. The European Single Procurement Document (ESPD) will help you reduce the administrative burden and simplify the participation of buyers and suppliers in public procurement procedures.

2.17Greater clarity of evidence requirements in the EU public procurement

Illustration showing an arm winding its way through the cogs of a machine with the hand holding up a briefcase  - ©Fotoliae-Certis


When is this action of interest to you?

You are a public or private operator that wants to participate in a cross-border public procurement procedure (i.e. you wish to participate in a tender issued by a contracting authority of another country). Or you are representative of an ICT service provider that offers an e-procurement solution.

2.18Consolidating and integrating reusable tools for EU public participation

Multicolor illustration showing a crowd of people forming an at sign - © FotoliaParticipatory Knowledge for Supporting Decision Making