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Sharing IT solutions developed for public administrators

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Integrated Collaborative platform – Joinup

When is this action of interest to you?

The economic crisis requires your administration to fulfil its tasks with less resources and money. Your task is to contribute to a more efficient administration by using the potential of IT to its full.

You would like to re-use existing IT solutions developed for other administrations, to give visibility to your own projects, to share your practices and to learn from other people's experience.

What can we offer you?

The platform Joinup collects freely reusable software and other solutions, such as standards used in the public sector under an open licence. It also provides space for communities around a specific interest and development projects to collaborate and share good practice. Finally, it also hosts a vast library of documents with relevance to the public sector, such as case studies, guidelines, and interoperability frameworks.

What is this action about?

Joinup is a common platform that gives administrators the opportunity to share and reuse their IT solutions with other professionals from all over Europe, and even outside Europe. It is freely available and it facilitates communication and collaboration on common projects (sharing ideas, best practices, code and implementations) with other public administrations.

Thanks to Joinup, IT experts, policymakers and other users can easily find information on the current status of interoperability solutions.

In addition, the private sector can access this platform, study the needs expressed there and can, based on the insights gained, develop products that better fit the actual needs of administrators.

Joinup combines three different services:

  1. Observatory functionalities enable different communities, such as the National Interoperability Framework Observatory, or the Open Source Observatory to inform their respective users of new events, news and best practices related to a specific domain;
  2. Collaborative features allow separate spaces to be set up for different communities to cooperatively develop their own solutions, or to exchange best practices in a given sector;
  3. A catalogue for interoperability solutions that are already used and that can be re-used in the public sector across Europe.

What are the objectives?

To help public administrations deliver high quality, interoperable services faster and cheaper, by providing them with a platform on which they can exchange good practices and high quality interoperability solutions in the context of public services.

What are the benefits?

  • Reducing costs through the re-use of common packages;
  • Reusing proven and interoperable IT solutions can contribute to greater harmonisation and improved coherence of services across the EU, and will also make it easier for public administrations to interact and interoperate;
  • Reducing communication and development costs for projects, as a result of not having to set up individual websites and repositories to publish own solutions;
  • Insight in the strengths and weaknesses of Member States in specific areas of interoperability.

Whate are the next steps?

In 2016, the action will focus on the following areas:

  • Providing a better user experience: continued enhancement of the platform to provide better usability, better support for mobile devices and easier navigation for users;
  • Finishing the revision of the Joinup catalogue of solutions: the current number of solutions available on Joinup will be markedly reduced, as Joinup will in the future focus on promoting the highest quality and most documented solutions;
  • Implementing the European Interoperability Cartography (EICart) within Joinup: EICart will provide a set of building blocks and solutions to support administrations in providing interoperable public services, structured according to the European Interoperability Reference Architecture.

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 40201

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