How does the current use of APIs (application programming interfaces) in digital government bring added value for public services? A study launched by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and DG Connect entitled “APIs4DGov: APIs for Digital Government” will gain further understanding of the current use of APIs in digital government and their added value for public services.

The study focusing on governmental web APIs has started in January 2018 and lasts for two years. It will contribute to:

The study will:

  • assess digital government APIs landscape and opportunities to support the digital transformation of public sector;
  • identify the added value for society and public administrations of digital government APIs (key enablers, drivers, barriers, potential risks and mitigates);
  • define a basic Digital Government API EU framework and the next steps.

The Landscape Workshop

As part of the APIs4DGov study, the JRC hosted a workshop to assess the landscape of Government API strategies across Europe.

The workshop explored the API strategies spectra in Europe and aimed to facilitate networking among API decision-making stakeholders. World-renowned experts from industry and academia, including David Berlind (Chief Editor of Programmable Web), Mehdi Medjaoui (Co-founder of the APIDays conferences), Kin Lane (the "API evangelist") and Mark Boyd (API and Platform strategist) delivered keynote speeches. The JRC has published the keynote speeches as well as presentations by representatives from governments across Europe on API related strategies and experiences.

Related Research

The study complements on earlier research already published:

Anyone working for a public administration and with a task related to APIs, is invited get in contact with the study to tell about their API case examples in any relevant policy domain (e.g. health, transport, cybersecurity, IOT, etc).

Further Information

Workshop on API Landscape
or contact the eGovernment and Trust Unit (Connect H4)