The study focusing on governmental web APIs has started in January 2018 and lasts for two years. It will contribute to:
- the EU eGovernment Action Plan 2016-2020, in particular its open government approach to modernise public administration,
- the implementation of the European Interoperability Framework (e.g. actions of the focus area 4: “Develop, maintain and promote key interoperability enablers”),
- the implementation of the Once Only Principle and
- the Building Block approach adopted in the Connecting European Facilities (CEF) programme.
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.
The study complements on earlier research already published:
- "Collaborative production in eGovernment";
- Towards faster implementation and uptake of open government";
- Analysis of the value of new generation of eGovernment services".
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).