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European Federated Interoperability Repository

e-government

Reusable generic tools

When is this action of interest to you?

You are working in a European Union’s Member State or in the industry. This action will help you to create or identify a reusable software system to manage and share interoperability assets.

What is this action about?

Currently, there is no European access point which provides detailed, up to date information, on all types of interoperability assets of the Member States. Although some of the interoperability assets are already listed in EU portals, these portals concentrate either on a specific European Interoperability Framework layer (e.g. the semantic layer for SEMIC.eu) or provide high-level information, which is of limited use when implementing an interoperability architecture in the Member States (e.g. The National Interoperability Framework Observatory).

This Action should coordinate and support relevant work in action 1.1: Promoting semantic interoperability amongst the EU Member States in order to provide a European Federated Interoperability Repository (EFIR) located on the Joinup platform, which contains important interoperability assets of the Member States:

  • Repository: the Action shall provide a reusable tool (software system), which allows the Member States to manage their interoperability assets on a national/regional level and to share these assets with the European Union and with each other.
  • Interoperability assets of the Member States: the repository should come with an initial set of interoperability assets coupled with the identification of challenges, conflict areas and opportunities for alignment amongst interoperability assets across Europe.

The EFIR will concentrate on content (interoperability assets) rather than on collaboration. It will be implemented as an extension to the existing Joinup repository which currently covers the documentation of semantic and open-source software interoperability (IOP) assets.

The EIFR is on one side a common (central) service run by the European Commission and on the other side a re-usable generic tool, downloadable and usable by national public administrations as part of the Joinup platform.

What are the objectives?

  • Facilitating the development of common services.
  • Coordination of work in action 1.1 Promoting semantic interoperability amongst the EU Member States in order to provide a European federated repository in the context of the Joinup platform.

What are the benefits?

Benefit
  • Access to a set of interoperability assets that can be re-used in the National Interoperability Framework (NIF). Assets which could be re-used are not only the software systems or parts thereof but also guidelines, methods and techniques, organisational and legal regulations and formal specifications.
Beneficiaries
  • EU and Member States
Benefit
  • Exchange interoperability assets with EFIR and their local installations of the platform.
Beneficiaries
  • EU and Member States
Benefit
  • A light-weight federation with non-EFIR repositories will become available via the ADMS specification for describing IOP assets.
Beneficiaries
  • EU and Member States
Benefit
  • EFIP allows analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the Member States in specific interoperability areas and promote EIS, EIF and related concepts and ideas.
Beneficiaries
  • EU and Member States
Benefit
  • Publishing communication protocols, guidelines and standards freely and on a central portal would allow for the European industry to adapt their software systems easier to governmental needs.
Beneficiaries
  • European Industry

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