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EU to abolish authenticity stamps for public docs – ISA’s IMI solution helping to further cut red tape

17 June 2016

Last week, the European Parliament adopted a regulation that represents a big step forward in cutting red tape for citizens in the EU. The new rules, binding on all EU countries, will abolish the current requirement to have an authenticity stamp (known as an apostille) on public documents (such as birth or marriage certificates) issued in one EU country before presenting them to a public authority in another EU country.

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SEMIC conference 2016 attracts over 200 participants

23 May 2016

On 12 May 2016, the 6th edition of the annual SEMIC conference welcomed over 200 participants from more than 30 countries, including representatives from non-European countries such as the USA, Japan and Uruguay.

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SEMIC conference 2016 attracts over 200 participants

eGov in your country — State of play

17 May 2016

Are you looking for a comprehensive overview of eGovernment in your country?

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First work programme under ISA² adopted!

25 April 2016

On 19 April, the College of Commissioners of the European Commission adopted the first work programme under the new ISA² programme. The EUR 131 million programme, which runs from 2016 to 2020, supports the development of interoperability solutions for the modernisation of public administrations across Europe.

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SEMIC 2016 conference — Speakers published and a new venue for the event!

18 April 2016

More than 200 professionals are expected to take part in this year’s conference, which is the most visible and established event for public sector semantic and information interoperability in Europe.

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Version 2.0 of the e-PRIOR pre-award phase available!

11 April 2016

A new version 2.0 of Open e-PRIOR, covering the pre-award phase, is now available for download.

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Make your voice heard: take part in an open public consultation on Interoperability in Europe

11 April 2016

As of this week, through this public consultation, administrations, businesses and private organisations, research centres, academic institutions, standardisation organisations and others can all have their say in setting up an interoperability framework and strategy in Europe.

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Join the Semantic Interoperability Conference 2016

14 March 2016

SEMIC 2016, the annual conference on Semantic Interoperability for eGovernment will take place on 12 May in Rome. The main topic this year is about the role of data standards for interconnected Public Administrations.

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ISA² conference — speakers published!

08 February 2016

The speakers of the ISA² conference that will take place on 3 March 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel – Le Palace in Brussels, Belgium have been published.

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Invitation to the conference 'From ISA to ISA² — new challenges and opportunities'

18 January 2016

On 3 March 2016, the European Commission is hosting the conference ‘From ISA to ISA²’ at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Brussels, Belgium.

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Save the date: Conference: ‘From ISA to ISA² — new challenges and opportunities’

10 December 2015

Time and place: 3 March 2016, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Rue Gineste 3, 1210 Brussels

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Sweden relies on the DCAT-AP Metadata standard for improving its Open Data sources

09 November 2015

Sweden’s innovation agency VINNOVA has just launched a call for proposals that increase the accessibility of open data sources through the use of the DCAT Application Profile (DCAT-AP). DCAT-AP, which has been developed with the support of the ISA programme of the European Commission, is a Metadata standard that provides a common description template for open data and data catalogues in Europe.

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ISA at the Euritas 2015 conference in Rome

30 October 2015

Margarida Abecasis, Head of the Unit responsible for the ISA programme in DG Informatics of the European Commission, delivered a keynote speech at the Euritas 2015 summit in Rome on 15 and 16 October.

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Public consultation on ICT standards for the Digital Single Market

05 October 2015

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on Standards for the Digital Single Market. The EC is asking for priorities for standards in important technology areas critical to achieving the single market.

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Public consultation on ICT standards for the Digital Single Market

Commission welcomes agreement on €131 million support for the modernisation of public administrations

23 September 2015

EU Member States approved today - via their Committee of Permanent Representatives (Coreper) - a new €131 million programme that will help modernise European public administrations and provide interoperable digital services.

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The advantages of using machine translation in Public administration

14 September 2015

The European Union is a uniquely complex entity, encompassing 28 countries with a total of 24 official languages. Facilitating communication and cooperation between the multiple public administrations that constitute the EU needs to take its linguistic complexity into account. Frequently, staff in public services deal with significant time pressures to deal with urgent correspondence.

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20 eGovernment solutions free of charge

14 September 2015

The ISA programme of the European Commission has recently published more than 20 eGovernment solutions for public administrations.

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Just published: eGov factsheet on the EU

29 June 2015

The ISA programme of the European Commission has just published the 2015 version of the eGovernment factsheet of the EU. This factsheet, of some 60 pages, aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the eGovernment activities in the EU.

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Just published: video on pilot scheme to speed up the exchange of safety-related road data

10 June 2015

The European Union Location Framework (EULF) project has just released a video on its Transportation pilot scheme. The pilot will facilitate the exchange of safety-related road data attributes, such as speed limits and access restrictions, between public road authorities and commercial map providers. As a result, commercial map providers, such as TomTom and HERE, will in the future be able to update their databases and navigation systems as soon as public road authorities change any safety attributes on their road network. Users of route guidance systems will benefit in terms of data quality, accuracy and the timeliness of maps, as well as in travel time and safety.

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New software facilitates the management of reference codes

10 June 2015

Re3gistry is a new generic open source tool that eases the management of reference codes, thereby facilitating cross-border and cross-sector data exchange. The tool, which is available free of charge, has been developed with the support of the ISA programme under ISA Action 1.17, A Reusable INSPIRE Reference Platform (ARE3NA) under the direction of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra, Italy.

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16 eGovernment solutions available for free

04 May 2015

The European Commission has just published information on 16 eGovernment solutions that have been developed for public administrations in Europe under the ISA programme. The solutions are available free of charge, and many of them are open source. They cover areas such as security, semantic standards, e-document exchange, designing interoperable IT architecture and e-participation. In the coming months, further solutions will become available.

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SEMIC 2015 – 5th Semantic Interoperability Conference

23 March 2015

On 5 May, the ISA programme of the European Commission is organising its 5th Conference on Semantic Interoperability for eGovernment, this year together with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Last year's conference attracted some 200 participants from more than 30 countries.

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Just published: National eGovernment factsheets of 34 countries

16 March 2015

The European Commission has just published the 2015 version of the eGovernment factsheets for each of the 28 Member States of the EU, and for a further six countries. These “factsheets”, of some 40 pages each, aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the eGovernment activities of the given country. They can also support comparisons between countries.

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MT@EC – Machine translation upgraded!

12 March 2015

MT@EC, the machine translation tool developed by DG Translation of the European Commission together with ISA support, is now available in an upgraded version.

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Open-source e-invoicing tool for public administrations – explained

16 February 2015

With e-PRIOR, the European Commission has developed an open source tool that can be used for e-invoicing and e-procurement by any public administration in Europe. By using e-PRIOR, EU Institutions and Member States can ensure compliance with the new public procurement and electronic invoicing Directives. A new infographic has now been published to visually explain the functionalities of the tool.

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5 December: web streaming of user conference on machine translation for Public administrations

04 December 2014

This Friday, 5 December, a conference is taking place in Brussels to present the machine translation tool of the European Commission, MT@EC. This tool is currently available for try-out for all Public administrations in Europe for free.

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5 December: web streaming of user conference on machine translation for Public administrations

04 December 2014

This Friday, 5 December, a conference is taking place in Brussels to present the machine translation tool of the European Commission, MT@EC. This tool is currently available for try-out for all Public administrations in Europe for free.

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European, Vietnamese, Australian and New Zealand public administrations to intensify collaboration

01 December 2014

All governments are facing the twin pressures of doing more with less, while also trying to meet the increasing appetite of citizens for richer digital services. Modern governments are tackling this challenge by actively promoting the sharing and re-use of their capabilities across all tiers of public administration.

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ISA Survey on "Energy and Location"

24 November 2014

Location information is relevant to many areas of EU policy, and one of the aims of the EULF project is to ensure that best practices making effective use of location information are followed in other relevant domains. One of the domains that could benefit from the use of location information is Energy.

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Machine Translation interface now available in all EU languages!

13 October 2014

The User Interface of MT@EC, the Machine Translation service developed by the European Commission under the ISA programme, is now available in all official EU languages. All menus and options, as well as help pages, are available in 24 languages which can be selected from a drop-down menu.

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Free tool for public administrations to do online surveys and conference registrations

22 September 2014

Public administrations have a new tool at their disposal to do online surveys. The web-based application, EUSurvey, covers all steps of a survey life cycle, from the design to the launch of the survey to the analysis and publication of results. The tool can also be used for event and conference registrations, for targeted stakeholder consultations and to create evaluation forms. 

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New Machine Translation tool for public administrations — now accessible over the Internet!

08 September 2014

MT@EC, the Machine Translation service, developed by the European Commission under the ISA programme, can now also be accessed over a secure internet connection (https). The service was previously only accessible for institutions that were connected to the highly secured sTESTA network. The new web access now also allows public administrations that are not connected to the sTESTA network to request access for their staff.

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Five ready-to-use solutions for managing semantic aspects

14 July 2014

On the occasion of the 2014 SEMIC conference, a number of leaflets on available solutions related to semantic aspects have been published. The solutions, which can be freely used by any interested public administration, have been developed with the support of the European Commission's ISA programme, under action 1.1. ISA promotes interoperability among European Public administrations.

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Commission adopts proposal for ISA follow-up programme (ISA2)

27 June 2014

Today the European Commission has adopted a proposal for the ISA follow-up programme, ISA2. The proposed programme will offer Public administrations all over Europe sound support for their modernisation through the development of solutions that facilitate interoperability between their systems.

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Just published: Highlights Report from the SEMIC 2014 conference

26 June 2014

This year, the 5th annual SEMIC conference took place in Athens, Greece. At the conference, the ISA Programme, in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Governance, welcomed more than 200 participants from 33 countries, the highest number of participants ever.

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ISA discussing semantics and open data with the Swedish eGovernment delegation

23 June 2014

On 26 and 27 May the ISA Programme exchanged ideas and best practices on semantic interoperability , open data , catalogues of services and base registries with the Swedish eGovernment delegation ( E-delegationen ).

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Austria and Spain receive the United Nations "Public Service Award" 2014

23 June 2014

Two EU Member States will receive a United Nations award in the field of Public Service this week.

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e-Procurement: New open source tool to manage the e-submission of tenders

10 March 2014

To accelerate the adoption of electronic procurement across the Member States, the ISA programme is supporting the development of the open source tool e-PRIOR.

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SEMIC 2014 – 4th Semantic Interoperability Conference - Athens, 9 April

17 February 2014

During the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the ISA Programme is organising its annual conference on Semantic Interoperability for e-Government, in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Governance. Last year's conference attracted some 100 participants from 27 countries.

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Now available: ISA brochure on eSignature creation and validation

23 December 2013

SD-DSS is a tool which facilitates cross-border eSignature creation and validation. A new brochure explaining the tool has just been published here.

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IMI – a flexible information system to support the implementation of EU legislation

16 December 2013

Use of the Internal Market Information system, IMI, continues to grow. The number of information requests sent from one Public Administration to another via IMI has increased by 38% this year alone. More than 25% of requests are answered within one day. Currently some 7,300 authorities and 14,000 users are registered.

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ISA on its way to strategic partnership with Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam

16 December 2013

To increase the sharing and re-use of ICT solutions and best practices, the ISA programme of the European Commission is preparing a strategic partnership with public administrations in Australia, New Zealand and Vietnam. The players intend to link their collaborative ICT platforms and to jointly develop ICT solutions.  Other countries and public administrations are welcome to join.

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Lithuania: Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior visit ISA stand during Vilnius eGov Conference

02 December 2013

During the eGovernment Conference : "Where We Are, Where Are We Going" in Vilnius on 14-15 November 2013, the Lithuanian Prime Minister, Algirdas Butkevičius and the Minister of the Interior, Mr Dailis Alfonsas Barakauskas, visited the ISA stand to get acquainted with the ISA programme.

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New version of CIRCABC now available

12 November 2013

The European Commission has launched a new version of its free and open source software for information sharing and collaboration solution, CIRCABC. The tool, which has been developed to be used by geographically dispersed teams, allows team members to work together on documents collected in workspaces called 'Interest Groups'. CIRCABC is supported by the ISA programme which promotes interoperability, sharing and re-use, between public administrations in Europe.

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New encryption tool to help prevent multiple voting at the European Parliament elections

18 October 2013

The European Commission has developed a new, secure encryption tool for the upcoming European Parliament elections. The tool will provide Member States with a secure and simple way to help prevent multiple voting through the exchange of electoral rolls. They can then check rolls for repeat entries. This will enhance the legitimacy of European elections. The tool has been inspired by the open source software that the European Commission has developed for the European Citizens’ Initiative with the support of the ISA programme.

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EGOV 2013 – ISA expert delivers opening keynote speech

17 September 2013

At the IFIP e-government conference in Koblenz today, Vassilios Peristeras, ISA expert on Semantic interoperability, will deliver the opening keynote speech. 

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Five new actions supported by ISA in 2013

23 July 2013

Each year, new actions are added to the ISA programme, the European Commission's programme that facilitates interoperability, sharing and re-use between European Public Administrations. This year, ISA supports five new actions:

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New secure document exchange platform for public authorities available - Pilot launched between European Commission and European Council

01 July 2013

The Secretariat-General of the European Commission is sending inter-institutional proposals to all European institutions as well as to the Permanent Representations and National Parliaments of the Member States. Since April, documents can be sent through a new secure web-service connection directly from the back-office system of the Commission's Secretariat General through the e-TrustEx platform to the back-office of the Council. The time for exchanging these proposals in a cumbersome paper-way, by CD/DVD or e-mail is over.

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The benefits of geo-location services for eGovernment - Two ISA actions at INSPIRE conference

24 June 2013

At the upcoming INSPIRE conference in Florence two ISA actions will present their achievements in the workshop “European Location Initiatives - Putting Location in a Better Place”. The workshop will discuss the legal, political and technical requirements needed to combine INSPIRE and eGovernment initiatives in Member States to deliver better services where location matters.

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New EC working group with governmental data portals

13 May 2013

The European Commission invites metadata experts who directly or indirectly work for a governmental data portal to participate in a working group that will define a common model for exchanging information about data sets between data portals in Europe.

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2013 Conference on semantic interoperability in Dublin

10 May 2013

On 21 June the ISA programme will be hosting its annual Semantic Interoperability Conference, this time in Dublin. Among the  key note speakers is James Hendler.

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Irish minister supports adoption of geo-location services in Public administration

07 May 2013

The Irish Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, supports expanding the use of (geo) location in electronic public services. Addressing the EUROGI ImaGIne Conference in Dublin on 7 March, Minister Hogan expressed his appreciation for the European Commission's efforts to get a wider range of public administrations to benefit from an environmental spatial data infrastructure, among other through the European Location Framework (EULF). The EULF is developed under the ISA programme which supports interoperability, sharing and re-use between Public administrations in Europe.

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New application of the EC’s Internal Market Information System (IMI) available to Member States

25 April 2013

The IMI system, developed by the European Commission in close cooperation with the Member States, helps national, regional and local authorities to identify and communicate with authorities in other EU Member States. Until now the IMI tool has covered the exchange of information regarding the free movement of citizens and businesses.

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New ISA study: 10 rules and good practices for designing persistent URIs

22 March 2013

The internet is increasingly used by governments to communicate with citizens and businesses as well as between public administrations. The rapid development of the internet has led to an increased reliance on URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) as identifiers for a wide variety of digital content. When digital content is published online, it can often still be found on the web many years later. URIs therefore need to be future proof i.e. stable and persistent.

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First European Citizens' Initiative hits one million signatures

18 February 2013

Organisers of the European Citizens’ Initiative “Right2Water” have announced that they have collected more than one million signatures: it could be the first European Citizens' Initiative to succeed in collecting the necessary number of statements of support.Right2Water is using the open-source online collection system software provided by the Commission for free which has been developed with the support of the ISA programme.

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UK starts measuring costs of transactions in Public Service

04 February 2013

This month, the UK Cabinet Office launched a new website called Transaction Explorer which will display how much it costs the Government to deliver each individual use of services between state and the citizen. Data has been collected and published for 44 of the biggest public services, from passport applications to requests for fishing licences.

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EC makes 1000+ IT specifications available for re-use

28 January 2013

Increased interoperability and decreased IT development costs for Public Sector expected.

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Belgium adopts European Commission system for e-Invoicing

17 January 2013

Major cost savings for administration and suppliers expected

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Another European citizens' initiative open for online collection of signatures

11 January 2013

As of today, another European citizens’ initiative collects signatures online. The new initiative calls for one unique all-inclusive, monthly flat-rate communication tariff within the boundaries of the European Union . Further information on this initiative can be found here:

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Survey: use of eIdentification

26 November 2012

The SSEDIC, a EU-supported research group that advises the European Commission in defining its policy on Electronic identity has just published an extensive survey on eIDs.  The survey analyses the extent to which different kinds of eIDs are used in daily life. The survey is available for completion until 30 November.

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joinup portal welcomes 10.000th user

21 November 2012

The joinup portal, established with the support of the ISA programme, offers a one stop shop for the sharing and re-use of interoperability assets and of best practices for public administrations.

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New open data portal for Germany

22 October 2012

New open data portal for Germany

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GOV.UK

22 October 2012

GOV.UK - new eGov website for the UK online!

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Information on 28.000 Greek companies now available as linked open data

22 October 2012

Using the work of the ISA programme, a Greek university has just published linked and open data on some 28000 companies registered in the Greek Tax Authorities business registry.

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Commission offers own servers to help get first European citizens' initiatives off the ground

20 July 2012

The Commission now offers organisers to exceptionally host their online signature collection systems on its own servers.

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SEMIC 2012 Conference: presentations online

26 June 2012

The SEMIC 2012 conference, organised by ISA on 18 June in Brussels, has just demonstrated the growing European-wide interest in the topic of Semantic interoperability. The conference attracted 140 participants which represents a 60% increase compared to last year’s edition. Attendees came from 35 different countries with some 48% of participants working in the public sector, 28% in the private sector, 12% in academics and 6% in non-profit organisations.

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Conference on Semantic interoperability

10 June 2012

Conference on Semantic interoperability fully booked!

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A new software tool to support your ECI

23 May 2012

The European Commission is offering a new software tool to citizens that plan to invite the Commission to propose legislation on EU matters under the European Citizens’ initiative (ECI). The tool is available for free and in all EU official languages.

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European Parliament welcomes contribution of ISA to interoperability in Europe and calls for increased funds for ISA

20 April 2012

The European Parliament on 20 April adopted the report “A competitive digital single market – eGovernment as a spearhead”. The report mentions favourably the contribution of the ISA programme and its actions to supporting interoperability solutions for European public administrations. It explicitly calls for an increase of financial funds for the programme from 2014-2020.

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Highlights of the Workshop on Semantic Assets Repositories

26 March 2012

The first Workshop of the Community of European Semantic Assets Repositories (CESAR) attracted more than 50 participants from all over Europe. The workshop took place in Brussels on 7 March 2012 and was organised by the programme Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA Programme) of the European Commission.

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New NIFO factsheets published on Joinup collaboration platform

07 March 2012

A renewed comparison of the policies and activities on interoperability in most of the EU 27 Member States, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland resulted in a series of factsheets that highlight the status of their interoperability policies and their alignment with the European Interoperability Framework. The updated factsheets are now available on the Joinup collaborative platform.

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Public invited to provide input on the important steps towards improving interoperability across Europe

17 February 2012

The European Commission seeks comments on three fundamental data entities.

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Commission launches European Citizens' Initiative

09 February 2012

Development community to add social networking and mobile applications The European Commission's ISA programme (Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations) will welcome open source software (OSS) developers to add social networking and create mobile applications for its OCS (OnLine Collection Software). This tool plays an important role in the Commission's European Citizens’ Initiative, which was launched officially on 26 January 2012.

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ADMS Public Review is launched: First step towards a federation of semantic asset repositories in Europe

16 January 2012

The ISA programme of the European Commission launched the public review of the Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS) on 6 January 2012 the review will end on 6 February 2012 (inclusive).

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EC workshop in Granada on power of open source development communities

05 January 2012

Live webstreaming The European Commission's ISA programme (Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations) is organising a workshop on the opportunities and challenges of public administrations working with communities of open source software developers, on 12 January in Granada, Spain. The workshop brings together twelve speakers, some with close ties to open source communities and others government representatives involved in the development of this type of software.

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EU conference to tackle ‘borderless’ eGovernment services

04 November 2011

‘Borderless eGovernment Services for Europeans’ will be the focus of the 6th European Ministerial eGovernment Conference, taking place on 17-18 November in Poznan, Poland. The conference is one of the major events of the current six-month Polish EU Presidency.

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New ISA Collaborative Platform set for launch

25 July 2011

The OSOR.eu and SEMIC.eu portals will merge soon into the new ISA Collaborative Platform – www.joinup.eu – to offer users a single integrated platform with an enhanced range of value-added services.

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