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European Commission holds webinar on EBSI Wallet Conformance Testing

On 28 October 2021, the European Commission organised a webinar on the EBSI Wallet Conformance Testing (WCT). This will help wallet providers ensure conformity with EBSI’s core services APIs and standards.

The EBSI is the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure, it uses blockchain to help public administrations create cross-border services to verify information and ensure trust in digital services.

Thanks to EBSI, citizens can set-up digital wallets and manage their identity credentials (called Verifiable Credentials) across borders. Citizens can also gain digital control of their educational credentials, significantly reducing verification costs and improving trust in documents’ authenticity.

This technical webinar underlined the commitment of commercial wallet providers to work with the public sector – at national and European levels – to help Europe reach its Digital Decade.

The EBSI Early Adopters programme is currently showing us how Europe's emerging blockchain infrastructure will look in practice. Take a moment to look at this incubator helping Early Adopters and their partners imagine, build and launch their EBSI pilot project(s) in production to get involved and, if you're building a blockchain wallet and did not attend this workshop, please register on the dedicated page.




EBSI Verifiable Credentials presented at INATBA Digital Credential Workshop

On 25 October 2021, the European Commission’s European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) team participated in the Digital Credential Workshop, organised by the INATBA-Government Advisory Body.

INATBA (the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications) offers public and private developers and users of DLT a forum to interact with regulators and policy makers.

This workshop explored the technical requirements for enabling interoperable exchange of digital credentials across jurisdictions, notably international jurisdictions.

The European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) team presented its profile of Verifiable Credentials fully based on World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Verifiable Credentials and DID standards.

Decentralised identifiers (DIDs) are a new type of identifier that enables verifiable, decentralised digital identity. A DID refers to any subject (e.g., a person, organisation, thing, data model, abstract entity, etc.) as determined by the controller of the DID. The design enables the controller of a DID to prove control over it without requiring permission from any other party. DIDs are Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs) that associate a DID subject with a DID document allowing trustable interactions associated with that subject. They are based on the Self-sovereign identity paradigm.

DID standards are becoming the basis for most Verifiable Credentials projects using different profiling.

Download the EBSI presentation of 25 October 2021


Join the Early Adopters Programme - Imagining what EBSI can do for European citizens

The European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI implements blockchain technology that provides European citizens with services based on European values, such as interoperability, security and trust. Right now, the EBSI Early Adopters programme is showing us how Europe's emerging blockchain infrastructure will look in practice.

Take a moment to look at this incubator helping Early Adopters and their partners imagine, build and launch their EBSI pilot project(s) in production to get involved and if you're building a blockchain wallet, find out how to make it EBSI-compatible!




University pilot proves value of a European Blockchain

Blockchain is the future.

This technology is transforming our society. This is why the European Commission and the European Blockchain Partnership are building the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI). EBSI implements blockchain technology that provides European citizens with services based on European values, such as interoperability, security and trust. Right now, the EBSI Early Adopters programme and multi-university pilot are showing us how Europe's emerging blockchain infrastructure will look in practice. And if you're building a blockchain wallet, get in touch to find out how to make it EBSI-compatible!

Since 2018, 29 countries (all EU Member States, Norway and Lichtenstein) and the European Commission have joined forces to form the European Blockchain Partnership (EBP). They have committed to working together towards realising the potential of blockchain-based services for the benefit of citizens, society and the economy.

Using blockchain, citizens can set-up digital wallets and manage their identity - and other - credentials across borders. Citizens can also gain digital control of their educational credentials, significantly reducing verification costs and improving trust in documents’ authenticity.

The Commission is working with EU Member States (and beyond) to build the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure – EBSI. Through this infrastructure, blockchain technology will entirely transform the identification of verifiable credentials in Europe, especially across borders based on principle of 'Self-Sovereign Identity'. A multi-university pilot is now showing us how it will look in practice.

As of 2020, EBSI is deploying a network of distributed blockchain nodes across Europe, supporting applications focused on selected use-cases. EBSI is the first EU-wide blockchain infrastructure, driven by the public sector, in full respect of European values and legislation.

The Early Adopters programme

The first production-ready version of EBSI will be released towards the end of 2021. This release will be the result of large-scale, pan-European collaboration between Member State’s representatives and Commission services and agencies including DGs CNECT, DIGIT, EMPL, EAC, TAXUD, HADEA and the ECA (European Court of Auditors). 

In 2021, 22 projects were selected to become part of an incubator programme, known as the EBSI Early Adopters, helping the first EBSI users and their partners imagine, build and launch their pilot project(s).  The EBSI team gave each project's private and public sector partners early access to the EBSI pre-production environment and invited them to develop their own pilot project(s) addressing a specific business or government use case involving the exchange of verifiable credentials.

In early 2021, the Early Adopters programme started working directly with Member States to implement EBSI use cases (Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI), Diplomas, Traceability and Trusted data sharing) and build an ecosystem with some really outstanding real-life examples that will lead to the full rollout of EBSI.

Piloting EBSI in the education sector: the multi-university pilot

The EBSI Early Adopters have been challenged to test their different pilots in a real-life setting by taking part in the multi-university pilot. This allows them to test the interoperability of their solutions with other key actors in the ecosystem to allow for the exchange of verifiable credentials by students and universities: trusted accreditation organisations; trust issuers; holders of credentials; wallet providers and other partners.

The pilot’s scenario will demonstrate that the EBSI can implement cross-border verification of educational credential based on Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI) principles. This means that a verifiable attestation (such as a diploma) issued by one Member State will be verified by a university or third party, an employer for example, from another Member State. Over a period of four months, ending in early November, the Member States and their partners will work to deliver all the required functionalities to make this scenario a reality.


Visit the Early Adopters Programme page to learn more and get involved.

If you are a wallet provider and want to build a EBSI-compliant blockchain wallet, click here


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eArchiving Content Information Type Specifications, procedures and guidelines published

The European Commission and E-Ark consortium are pleased to announce that the E-ARK eArchiving Content Information Type Specifications, procedures and guidelines have been published, following the review period.

The eArchiving Building Block team would like to extend their thanks to all stakeholders who provided feedback on the draft documents - such contributions to this work have been crucial to moving the specifications forward for wider community adoption. 

The updated documents are available on the DILCIS Board webpage. If you have any queries, please contact the DILCIS Board (info@dilcis.eu).

Next steps

This is the first updated set of specifications and supporting documentation to be published in this cycle of the eArchiving Building Block. Further Common Specifications for the Information Packages and E-ARK SIP/AIP/DIP will be published at the end of October. This update will include improvements to the handling of issues recorded in GitHub and will address recommendations based on our findings during the development of the CITS SIARD.

We are currently looking into ways to involve contributors as the specifications evolve. 

Specifications event

If you would like to learn more about the specifications, we invite you to join us for a dedicated event on Tuesday 26 October at 15:00 CEST. The programme is currently under development.


CEF eDelivery: Domibus 4.2.4 release is now available

The European Commission is happy to announce the release of Domibus 4.2.4 sample implementation of the eDelivery Access Point.

The Domibus 4.2.4 release includes a number of improvements, notably a fix the deletion issue of entities for tables where the entityId is of type int.

The upgrade from 4.2.x to Domibus 4.2.4 is strongly encouraged. Domibus 4.2.4 is backward compatible with 4.2.x versions.

Supported platforms:

  • Application servers:
    WildFly 20.0.x
    WebLogic 12.2.1.4 (tested version, future versions might work)
    Apache Tomcat 9.0.x
  • Database:
    MySQL 8 (future versions might work)
    Oracle 12c R2 and Oracle 19c
  • JAVA:
    Oracle JRE8 (for WildFly, Tomcat  and WebLogic)
    Oracle OpenJDK 11 up to version 11.0.9.1+1 (only for WildFly and Tomcat, not for WebLogic)

For a more detailed description of the Domibus upgrade, please click here.

The eDelivery Building Block

eDelivery is a building block that provides technical specifications and standards, installable software and ancillary services to allow projects to create a network of nodes for secure digital data exchange.

Domibus is the sample software provided by the European Commission to implement an eDelivery AS4 Access Point for the interoperable, secure and reliable exchange of data. It is based on the eDelivery AS4 profile, an open technical specification for the secure, web-based, payload-agnostic exchange of data or documents.

CEF eDelivery: Domibus 4.2.3 release is now available

The European Commission is happy to announce that the 4.2.3 release of the Domibus AS4 sample implementation software is now available. The Domibus 4.2.3 release includes a number of improvements and bug fixes.

The upgrade from 4.2.x to Domibus 4.2.3 is strongly encouraged. Domibus 4.2.3 is backward compatible with 4.2.x versions.

Supported platforms:

  • Application servers:
    WildFly 20.0.x
    WebLogic 12.2.1.4 (tested version, future versions might work)
    Apache Tomcat 9.0.x
  • Database:
    MySQL 8 (future versions might work)
    Oracle 12c R2 and Oracle 19c
  • JAVA:
    Oracle JRE8 (for WildFly, Tomcat  and WebLogic)
    Oracle OpenJDK 11 up to version 11.0.9.1+1 (only for WildFly and Tomcat, not for WebLogic)

For a more detailed description of the Domibus upgrade, please click here.

The eDelivery Building Block

eDelivery is a building block that provides technical specifications and standards, installable software and ancillary services to allow projects to create a network of nodes for secure digital data exchange.

Domibus is the sample software provided by the European Commission to implement an eDelivery AS4 Access Point for the interoperable, secure and reliable exchange of data. It is based on the eDelivery AS4 profile, an open technical specification for the secure, web-based, payload-agnostic exchange of data or documents.


eDelivery: Domibus 4.1.9 release is now available


The European Commission is happy to announce that the 4.1.9 release of the Domibus AS4 sample implementation software is now available. The Domibus 4.1.9 release includes a number of improvements and bug fixes, including an upgrade CXF version.

The upgrade from 4.1.x to Domibus 4.1.9 is strongly encouraged. Domibus 4.1.9 is backward compatible with 4.1.x.

Please note that this is the last bugfix for the 4.1.x release.

Supported platforms:

  • Application servers:
    WildFly 12
    WebLogic 12.2.1.4 (tested version, future versions might work). Note that the support for WebLogic 12.1.3 has been removed
    Apache Tomcat 8.5.x
  • Database:
    MySQL 5.6 or above
    Oracle 12c (tested version, future versions might work)
  • JAVA:
    Oracle JRE8

For a more detailed description of the Domibus upgrade, click here.

The eDelivery Building Block

eDelivery is a building block that provides technical specifications and standards, installable software and ancillary services to allow projects to create a network of nodes for secure digital data exchange.

Domibus is the sample software provided by the European Commission to implement an eDelivery AS4 Access Point for the interoperable, secure and reliable exchange of data. It is based on the eDelivery AS4 profile, an open technical specification for the secure, web-based, payload-agnostic exchange of data or documents.

Building Block Dashboards 2021 Q1 Update



Global reuse trends 2014-2021


The European Commission is happy to announce the latest CEF Building Block reuse figures for Q1 2021.

Once every quarter, the CEF Monitoring team gathers the latest data to update the different Building Block dashboards.

eArchiving

  • Two  new projects now reuse eArchiving:
    • National Archives of Finland: ensuring that records belonging to the national cultural heritage are preserved for future generations.
    • Swedish National Archives: the official archive of the Swedish government that is responsible for the management of records from Sweden’s public authorities.

eDelivery

  • 10% increase in the total number of exchanged documents sent through eDelivery access points. (539 million documents exchanged as of Q1 2021 compared to 491 million for Q4 2020).
  • 28% increase in the total number of Service Metadata Publishers (SMPs) deployed. (193 SMPs deployed as of Q1 2021 compared to 151 for Q4 2020).

  • Eight new access points are now available in 39 countries, bringing the total number of access points available to 680.

eInvoicing

  • Two new compliant eInvoicing solutions were deployed bringing the total number of solutions deployed to 70.
  • Two eInvoicing bilateral online implementation workshops were organised with individual Member States.

eTranslation

  • 77% increase in the total number of translation requests processed by eTranslation. (582 million translation requests processed as of Q1 2021 compared to 328 million for Q4 2020).

  • 12% increase in the total number of language resources collected by the European Language Resource Coordination initiative. (5.899 language resources collected as of Q1 2021 compared to 5.282 for Q4 2020).
  • Six new projects now reuse eTranslation:
    • CEFAT4Cities: CEFAT4Cities responds to action line "Integration projects" to integrate and complement the latest functionalities of the CEF AT Core Service Platform (CSP) into CEF DSIS, pan-European digital public services and public administrations. CEFAT4Cities will allow EU citizens and businesses to interact, in their own language, with public services on the city, national, regional and EU level.
    • Conference on the Future of Europe: The Conference on the Future of Europe is a citizen-led series of debates and discussions that will enable people from across Europe to share their ideas and help shape our common future.
    • GeoE3: The Action will contribute to Public Open Data DSI by exploiting existing national geospatial platforms to develop a cloud-based ecosystem of generic services that will integrate various high value datasets (sets such as meteorological and statistical data), with geospatial data, to simplify meaningful analysis and visualisation enabling the Open Public Data DSI to better serve the citizen.
    • ICSMS: The Information and Communication System on Market Surveillance (ICSMS) is an IT platform to facilitate communication between market surveillance bodies in EU and EFTA countries.
    • Move Hub: DG MOVE and DG ENER have a (secure) exchange message system between Member States. They wanted to add the translation functionality to it.
    • National Bank of Belgium: The National Bank of Belgium (NBB) has been the central bank of Belgium since 1850. It is a member of the European System of Central Banks.

Visit CEF Digital to learn more about the CEF Building Blocks and visit the CEF Monitoring Dashboard to explore the latest reuse figures in more detail.


European Commission Publishes 2021 eInvoicing Country factsheets



The European Commission is pleased to announce the 2021 update of the CEF eInvoicing Country factsheets and the publication of the CIUS overview

Since 2016, the European Commission monitors this data collection, yearly, to provide an accurate overview of the transposition of  Directive 2014/55/EU on eInvoicing in public procurement, the adoption of the European standard on eInvoicing (EN) and Business-to-Government (B2G) solutions

These country factsheets provide country-specific information about the national legal frameworks, eInvoicing platforms, implementation of the European standard (EN), and the strategy in place to receive and process electronic invoices in each country and monitoring strategy. This year exclusively, several factsheets include additional information on the eInvoicing national initiatives from countries willing to go beyond the scope of the Directive

The publication of these factsheets further enhances transparency and cooperation among eInvoicing stakeholders and encourages a harmonised eInvoicing implementation. To support users in their cross-border eInvoice exchange, our team also published an updated CIUS overview presenting a snapshot of the CIUS in use in the EU market. 

All country factsheets and the CIUS overview are now shared on CEF Digital, and more information on eInvoicing is available on  Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) eInvoicing Building Block



eDelivery's role in the monitoring of goods entering the EU


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The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Taxation and Customs Union (DG TAXUD) has a new import control system. It comes as a significant reinforcement of the Customs Union's "first line of defence" against security and safety threats posed by illicit traffic in goods across the EU's external borders.

Known as ‘ICS2’ (Import Control System 2), the programme has been operational since March 15, 2021, and it's one of the main contributors towards establishing an integrated EU approach to reinforce customs risk management under the Common Risk Management Framework (CRMF). 

How the EU Customs System works

EU Customs is divided into five distinct parts: entry, import, transit, export, and exit. ICS2 focuses on the entry part, which gathers the necessary information before the goods even leave their country of origin. That information is sent in three stages. The first one is called the 'pre-load stage,' which happens before the goods are even loaded onto a plane or ship. From the analysis done at the 'pre-load stage,' officials might determine the goods are too risky to be sent. There is a second round of check-ups in the "pre-arrival" stage, which occurs while the plane is still in the air, or the ship at sea. Once they reach their destination, the shipments go through another round of check-ups before entering the European internal market.

ICS2 and how it works

ICS2 will help establish an integrated EU approach to enforce the risk of the customs management framework. It is a core delivery of the Union Customs Code, the EU customs risk management strategy and action plan adopted by the Council in 2014. It will support adequate risk-based customs controls whilst facilitating legitimate trade across the EU external borders. It will do this through improved data-driven customs security processes adapted to global business models.

Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for the Economy said: "The launch of this new import control system will bring a step-change in the capacity of customs to protect our citizens and the EU's internal market from threats posed by the traffic of dangerous and illicit goods. It will help deliver a more efficient and effective risk-based approach to customs controls in our rapidly evolving supply chains, while supporting a level-playing field and facilitating legitimate trade across our external borders."


Background

In 2018, DG TAXUD decided to use the AS4 message exchange protocol in their ICS2.

Following joint work in DG TAXUD and DIGIT, ICS2 now uses eDelivery in its Shared Trader Interface (ICS2 STI) to provide economic operators who bring the goods into the European Union a single instance of a harmonised trader interface with the customs authorities.

By connecting to an AS4 Access Point, any economic operator with a role in the commercial supply chain can easily submit electronic entry summary declarations to a Member State customs authority. The streamlined process considers international standards and avoids unnecessary point-to-point interaction for businesses and customs controls.

The secure eDelivery channel between the economic operator’s Access Point and the STI’s Access Point prevents data loss, damage, unauthorised alterations and provides evidence that information has been sent and received.

CEF's eDelivery contribution

In a year, the ICS2 Shared Trader Interface (STI) system can generate over 1.5 billion consignments, resulting in three times as many messages transmitted via the eDelivery AS4 message exchange protocol.

eDelivery is a CEF building block that provides technical specifications and standards, installable software, and ancillary services to allow projects to create a network of nodes for secure digital data exchange. By building with eDelivery, public and private organisations from different sectors can easily create a secure and interoperable channel to transfer documents and data among each other over a public or private network.

AS4 is the core standard promoted through eDelivery. Using the eDelivery AS4 Dynamic Receiver profile, DG TAXUD could reuse the pre-existing UUM&DS authentication system, where economic operators can register their digital certificates to authorise messages arriving at their eDelivery Access Point.

The use of eDelivery allows each economic operator to select its preferred eDelivery-conformant software product to establish its Access Point, which avoids vendor lock-in and allows organisations to make the best possible product selection according to their constraints.

DG TAXUD chose to use eDelivery because it is a standards-based, well-established message exchange protocol providing security, reliability, and scalability. More than 35 countries have deployed almost 600 eDelivery Access Points to date. ICS2 STI and systems like it can, through eDelivery, accommodate vast numbers of economic operators in a market-friendly and future-proof way.

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Call for reviewers: eArchiving specifications, procedures, and guidelines

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 The Digital Information LifeCycle Interoperability Standards Board (DILCIS Board) is seeking reviewers for eArchiving specifications and guidelines in the area of geodata.

 Created by the E-ARK project, these specifications are a core component of the CEF eArchiving Building Block.

eArchiving aims to provide the core specifications, software, training, and knowledge to help data creators, software developers, and digital archives tackle the challenge of short, medium, and long-term data management and reuse in a sustainable, authentic, cost-efficient, manageable, and interoperable way.

What you need to know

The specifications and documents for review will be released in five groups over 2020-2021. The fifth group of documents available for review are:

  • Documents

Please provide feedback through the DILCIS Board website review page. All of the specifications, procedures and guidelines are listed, with a short description, a link to the full document, and a set of questions to answer. The review will close on 18 July 2021.

 If you have any queries regarding the review process please contact the DILCIS Board: info@dilcis.eu

The eArchiving Building Block and its services are offered at no cost to projects and organisations wishing to ensure secure, long-term data preservation. Visit the CEF Digital platform to learn more.


 



Scientists working in the lab

When his grandfather was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) in 2018, Adam Milton-Baker felt compelled to try to do something to help other families that may face the same fight in the future.

A software developer, Adam was interested in creating systems that integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Robotics in web-based user interfaces. He also had previous experience with developing Artificial Intelligence for the detection of Breast Cancer. When Adam's grandfather was diagnosed with AML, he started the Peter Moss (his grandfather's name) Acute Myeloid & Lymphoblastic Leukemia AI Research Project. Two years later, in 2020, the Asociación de Investigacion en Inteligencia Artificial Para la Leucemia Peter Moss was founded. Its mission is to advance leukemia medical research and medical tech using the latest technologies while keeping it open-source and free. One of the Association’s most important developments is the Hospital Intelligent Automation Server (HIAS).

Making decisions based on contextual information

HIAS is an open-source server that stores all the data gathered by various AI & IoT devices. To make sense of all that data, the team was looking for a tool that could put all that information into context.

"We work a lot on IoT devices," Adam told CEF. "The idea is that people can go into our repository, download a particular project, and set up on their own HIAS network as a device."

The role of CEF's Context Broker

The Context Broker holds all of the contextual data from those devices (configuration, name, etc.). What ends up being shown in the User Interface (UI) is all the information gathered by the Context Broker.

"When we are inside the UI, and we want to have a look at a device or change some of the information, the UI requests the Context Broker, and the Context Broker returns all the information for that device. That's how Context Broker powers the network, it basically holds all of the information, everything that's on the network, and we can use that information to display on the UI," Adam explained.

With the Context Broker’s help, the Magic Leap Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Detection System, one of the open-source projects the team developed, aims to make physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real-time. In this so-called mixed reality, the goal is to utilize an artificial intelligence algorithm trained to detect Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in images of peripheral blood samples and display the results in Mixed Reality. The Context Broker used is a Python implementation developed by the team to align with the NGSI V2 specs.



The dataset that made this project possible is the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Image Database for Image Processing by Fabio Scotti, Full Professor at Università Degli Studi di Milano Dipartimento di Informatica. The classifier used - an artificial intelligence model that "classifies" data - achieves 98% percent accuracy and works well at classifying unseen images (images it has never seen before) on a small test set. However, to really validate the model, the Association needs to make partnerships with hospitals and medical centers that may provide the amount of data required to be confident that the model works well in the real world.

The classifier is homed on a Raspberry Pi 4, which hosts a local endpoint, making the classifier accessible to the Magic Leap Application. It then allows the near real-time classification of ALL in Mixed Reality over the local network. The Raspberry Pi 4 is connected to the HIAS IoT JumpWay MQTT broker; requests are authenticated using the HIAS private blockchain via the MQTT IoT Agent; and classifications are stored in the historical database with a hash of the category for data integrity.

In the future

It was not that long ago that applying these technologies to everyday medicine seemed like a distant dream. However, increased cooperation among the scientific community has come to accelerate technological advances, especially in healthcare.  

Thanks to the internet, we now live in an era where information and data are more easily available to researchers. One of the challenges now is finding easy-to-use, regulated ways to aggregate that information, enabling them to arrive at the best decisions. In that regard, the Context Broker can play a vital role not just in the fight against Leukemia but also against many other diseases for which we have not yet found a cure.

The CEF Context Broker

Context Broker is a digital platform component that enables the integration of gathered data, including insights for further exploitation. It acts in three distinct ways:

  • Data Broker - assembling information from different systems, eventually belonging to various organisations, instead of performing in separate silos.
  • Leveraging investments - by enabling the Digital Single Market with portable and interoperable solutions in a data marketplace.
  • Easy development - by reducing costs and time in developing context information-based platforms and solutions, it is possible to create meaningful dashboards in a few days.

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The BIG Hackathon, Bridging Interoperability Gaps featuring X-Road

The European Commission invites ethical hackers to the BIG Hackathon featuring X-Road® from 28 June to 5 July 2021.

The 'BIG Hackathon' is an online hackathon organised by an open source initiative funded by the ISA2 Sharing and Reuse Action (2016.31). It will build a generic bridge able to connect national systems to the CEF eDelivey network.

CEF eDelivery is a building block that provides technical specifications and standards, installable software and ancillary services to allow projects to create a network of nodes for secure digital data exchange. By building with eDelivery, public and private organisations from different sectors can easily create a safe and interoperable channel to transfer documents and data among each other over a public or private network.

Working with NIIS, the hackathon will use the generic bridge to connect X-Road® (the national data exchange system used in Estonia and Finland) to link with software products in the market that use the eDelivery European interoperability protocol. 

Find out how to get involved on Joinup!


Published: E-ARK in New Review of Information Networking, Volume 25, Issue 2

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Leading publisher of academic journals and books, Taylor & Francis, has published its New Review of Information Networking, Volume 25, Issue 2 (2020).

This issue contains four articles about the E-ARK project, E-ARK being the consortium providing the standards and much technical support for the eArchiving Building Block. One of the portfolio of digital Building Blocks funded by the European Commission through the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF).

The articles on this issue consist of:

  • The E-ARK Project: An Introduction to the European Archival Records and Knowledge Preservation Project;
  • The Application of E-ARK Tools for Archival Interoperability to Support a Long-term Sustainable Digital Single Market;
  • Beyond Relational Databases: Preserving the Data;
  • The Role of the Data Warehouse in the Archive;

You can access these articles for free if your organisation has an account with Taylor & Francis, or through individual payments for the respective articles.

Data and documentation are strategic resources, the preservation of which is fundamental to a sustainable digital transition. The eArchiving Building Block provides core specifications, software, training and knowledge to help people preserve and reuse information over the long-term.

The eArchiving Building Block and its services are offered at no cost to projects and organisations wishing to ensure secure, long term data preservation. Visit the CEF Digital platform to learn more.