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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.

Towards a European Interoperability Architecture

Digital microcircuitElaboration of a common vision for a European Interoperability Architecture – EIA

Action 2.1

Achieving a modern ICT standardisation policy

Best Internet Concept of global business from concepts seriesCAMSS - Common Assessment Method Standards and Specifications

Action 2.2

Towards secure digital communication across networks

keyboard buttons-accessPublic Key Infrastructure (PKI) Services

Action 2.3

Strengthening the EU’s telecommunications backbone

Source codeData communication network service – sTESTA

Action 2.4

Continual support and service improvements for online communities

Abstract Background VectorCIRCABC – Communication and Information Resource Centre for Administrations, Businesses and Citizens

Action 2.5

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

mouseYour Europe – facilitating the reuse of national content

Action 2.7

Machine Translation Service

translate keyMT@EC - Machine Translation Service by the European Commission

Action 2.8

Towards the full digitisation of EU document exchange

laptops connectedDocument repository services for EU policy support

Action 2.9

Towards better crisis and business continuity management

managment meetingMultisectorial crisis and business continuity services

Action 2.10

Supporting EU-wide cross-border accessibility and interoperability

World communication via internetIntegrating EU eProcurement infrastructure

Action 2.11

Bringing 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

Action 2.12

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