Digital Agenda for Europe
A Europe 2020 Initiative

03. Interoperability and standards: making it happen

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Room H (Autoworld, ground floor), 16/06/2011 (10.00-13.30)

This session will discuss two different subjects related to standards and interoperability.

Firstly, how can public authorities ensure that best use is made of existing standards in public procurement in order to avoid lock-in into proprietary technology and enhance interoperability (Digital Agenda action 23)?

Secondly, how to boost interoperability (and innovation) in the absence of formal standards, e.g. through the licensing of interoperability information (Digital Agenda action 25)?

Making use of standards in ICT systems will enhance interoperability and therefore stimulate innovation and lead to more choice and better products for IT consumers.

Draft programme

10:00 Welcome and objectives of the workshop, Thierry Van Der Pyl, Director, European Commission

10:05 - 11:00 Panel 1: The importance of procuring open ICT systems.

What would be the advantages of procuring open systems? Do the panellist have any practical suggestions for making it possible? Would industry be able to adapt their products?


Bjorn Lundell, University of Skovde

Trond Arne Undheim, Oracle and representative of Digital Agenda Stakeholder Community on Procurement, IT & Standards (PITS),

Francisco Mingorance, BSA

11:00 - 12:00 Panel 2: From theory to practice: The experience so far in the Netherlands, Italy and Czech Republic. Some countries already have experience with standards-based public procurement. They will provide lessons-learned and give recommendations for successful procurement.


Jaap Korpel, Netherlands Open In Connection

Flavia Marzano, VP of Italian Association for an open government

Jiří Hradec, CENIA, Czech Environmental Information Agency, procuring ICT systems that comply to INSPIRE standards

12:00 – 12:30 Coffee break

12:30 – 13:30 Panel 3: Achieving interoperability in the absence of standards.

This panel will investigate measures for licensing of interoperability information (Digital Agenda Action 25). In particular, the theory of platforms will be investigated as a possible motivation for companies to do so. An industry platform is a building block upon which an ecosystem of firms can develop complementary products or services.


Annabelle Gawer: Imperial College Business School

Thomas Vinje, ECIS

Harald Heiske, Siemens

13:25 – 13:30 Conclusions and follow up

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Workshop results

Session organiser: Anne-Marie SASSEN (European Commission, INFSO-D3, Belgium)

Chair: Thierry VAN DER PYL (European Commission, Information Society & Media DG, Belgium), Gijs HILLENIUS (Hillenius, Netherlands)

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Featured participants

Bjorn LUNDELL (University of Skövde, Informatics Research Centre, Sweden), The importance of procuring open ICT systems
Trond Arne UNDHEIM (Oracle Corporation UK Ltd., Corporate Architecture Group, United Kingdom)
Francisco MINGORANCE (Caibinet DN - representing BSA (Business Software Alliance), Belgium)
Jaap KORPEL (Programme Agency NOiV, Netherlands)
Flavia MARZANO (UnaRete, Italy)
Jiri HRADEC (CENIA, Czech Environmental Information Agency, Czech Republic)
Annabelle GAWER (Imperial College London, Imperial College Business School, United Kingdom)
Thomas VINJE (ECIS, Belgium)
Harald HEISKE (Siemens, Germany)
Gijs HILLENIUS (Hillenius, Netherlands)
Thierry VAN DER PYL (European Commission, Information Society & Media DG, Belgium)
Last updated on 29/09/2012 - 20:19