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Fostering the alignment of national interoperability frameworks across Europe


National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO)

When is this action of interest to you?

You work for a public administration and you are in charge of drafting or reviewing your country’s National Interoperability Framework. You are responsible for an interoperability initiative. As you probably know, the National Interoperability Frameworks and other related initiatives need to be aligned with the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). This means that these initiatives need to be built on the principles and recommendations of the EIF.

What is this action about?

The National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) provides information on interoperability activities within Europe. It analyses the National Interoperability Frameworks (NIFs) of the Member States and associated countries, and the alignment of these frameworks with the European Interoperability Frameworkpdf(2 MB) (EIF). The aim of the observatory is to share good practices and to serve as a source of inspiration towards the establishment and further development of the national interoperability frameworks.

Through this action, ISA analyses the National Interoperability Frameworks (NIFs), which derive from a model allowing multiple aspects of interoperability to be compared. This model aims to highlight characteristics of the NIFs that are similar, and does not serve as a benchmarking tool. The model is based on the EIF, and takes into account the European Commission's Digital Agenda.

The NIFO community hosted on the Joinup platform has several resources. There, users can compare country alignments with the EIF, find best practices, as well as view country factsheets on interoperability and eGovernment.

You can also discover online the annual report on the State of Play on Interoperability in Europe, and find relevant news and events on the ISA website.

What are the objectives?

  • Helping EU public administrations to align their NIFs with the EIF.
  • Performing maintenance activities to provide the most up-to-date information possible.
  • Analysing the current national interoperability activities using an analytical model
  • Analysing the latest developments in e-Government
  • Updating the respective factsheets with the results.

What are the benefits?

  • Making the NIFO Observatory on Joinup an authoritative source of information on the state of play of interoperability in Europe.
  • Providing guidance and support both for the development of new NIFs and for the alignment of current interoperability initiatives with the EIF
  • Providing input to decision-making processes regarding national developments, and giving national policy officials an objective overview of the European situation and the position of their Member State.
  • Providing better insight into the status of NIF developments across Europe, benefiting commercial enterprises that are involved in rolling out eGovernment solutions, such as services integrators and software vendors.

What are the next steps?

The EIF will be updated and extended on the basis of the lessons learned from implementing EIF at the national level, added to the feedback received from the Member States and from other stakeholders. It will also take into account recent developments and trends. These include relevant legislation and new information exchange needs due to new legislation and/or changing priorities, e.g. Digital Single Market, and modernising public administrations. A public consultation will be organised. This is essential to foster a common understanding at the EU level of interoperability.

Contact the Programme Manager - ISA Action 40203

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