Context Broker at the APIdays in Helsinki


On 4 – 5 June 2019, the CEF Context Broker was discussed at a workshop on APIs in Helsinki, Finland.

The workshop follows the launch of of the APIs4Dgov study and brought together API experts from the public and private sector. The APIdays are a leading conference series on the benefits of using APIs. Participants exchanged experiences on the development of the latest API solutions.

European Commission's Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC), are undertaking this study to explore innovative ways to improve interconnectivity of public services and reusability of public sector data. This includes including dynamic data in real-time and safeguarding the data protection and privacy legislation in place. If you work for a public administration and your work is related to APIs, the authors invite you to contact them and hear your API case examples in any relevant policy domain (e.g. health, transport, cybersecurity, IOT, etc).

The European Union's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Context Broker is an API that can integrate data from multiple systems, creating a holistic view of information. By providing the layer that describes each type of data, the Context Broker makes it possible to create an interface that makes it easy for anyone to view and interpret big data. Using the Context Broker, organisations can monitor their metrics in real time through live updates. You can share the context information you choose with third parties, enabling process improvements and innovation across the whole data value chain. The CEF Context Broker provides the FIWARE NGSI API, which is a RESTful API, enabling applications to provide updates and get access to context information.

Stefano De Panfilis, from the FIWARE Foundation, discussed the Context Broker at the workshop. In 2018 the FIWARE-developed Context Broker became one of the CEF Building Blocks. Stefano observed the following key takeaways:

  • APIs are key success factors for digitalisation in public administrations;
  • Data modelling is a key element of ICT architecture;
  • An ecosystem approach should be adopted as an overall framework both in terms of technology and the socio/economical element;
  • Interoperability of systems the remains a key goal.

To build a Digital Single Market, the CEF  programme is funding a set of generic and reusable digital infrastructure, known as Building Blocks. The CEF Building Blocks offer basic capabilities that can be reused in any European project to facilitate the delivery of digital public services across borders and sectors. Currently, there are eight building blocks: Big Data Test Infrastructure, Context Broker, Archiving, eDelivery, eID, eInvoicing, eSignature and eTranslation.

Last updated on  Jul 11, 2019 14:53

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