The 8th edition of SEMIC, the annual semantic interoperability conference, will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria on 14 June 2018. The event is organised by the ISA² Programme of the European Commission in collaboration with the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

SEMIC 2018 logo

Opened by the Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, the conference will bring together policy makers, IT practitioners and researchers interested in topics related to semantic interoperability for public administration. 

The theme of the conference will be "Linked Digital Public Administrations". Nowadays, public administrations exchange data with each other and with citizens and businesses, interconnect their systems and link their data. This brings direct benefit to citizens, as they do not have to provide the same information several times. Therefore, the interconnection of base registers, such as business registers, land registers, etc. plays an important role.

At the same time, these registers hold data of immense value for the public, making these and other data produced by public services available and linkable with data from other sources. This provides opportunities for large-scale data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence, as a source of knowledge for society as a whole. The participants of SEMIC 2018 will have an opportunity to discover and share current trends and recent developments in relation to these topics.

Agenda

Registration & Coffee

Opening-Bulgarian Presidency:
Promotional video by the Bulgarian Presidency
Chairman of the State e-Government Agency (S.E.G.A), Atanas Temelkov
Keynote: EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel
Introduction 
by Gertrud Ingestad, Director-General of DG DIGIT, European Commission
Access to base registers and interconnections between the building blocks - key enablers in e-government end-to-end principle, State e-Government Agency, Bulgaria
Keynote: Jens Krieger Røyen, Head of Division, Danish Agency for Digitisation:
"Efficient data sharing under democratic governance"

Coffee Break

Session I: Base Registries
ISA2 Access to Base Registries (Peter Burian, DG DIGIT, European Commission) 
Business Registers Interconnection Systems (Vincent Dijkstra, DG DIGIT, European Commission)
A Common Semantic Model for the Once-Only Principle (Jack Verhoosel, TNO)
Central Ontological Model for Base Registries Data in Slovakia (Miroslav Liska, Slovakia)
Land Registers Interconnection (Gabriel Sima, DG JUST, European Commission) 

Networking Lunch

Coffee corners / Demos:
Vocbench Demo (Denis Dechandon, EU Publications Office)
SCOOP4C, Stakeholder Community Once-Only Principle for Citizens (Michaela Führer)
CONSUL, free software for participation in politics, Madrid City Council (Enrique Muguerza Judez - tbc)
National Metadata Architecture & Interoperability Workbench (Riitta Autere, Ministry of Finance, Finland - tbc)

Session II: The Single Digital Gateway 
Fleur Breuillin, DG GROW, European Commission

Session III: Parallel sessions
Tools: 
OSLO (Raf Buyle, Flanders)
tbd

Information Interoperability in Policy Domains:
Financial Data Standardisation (Peter van den Hul, DG FISMA, European Commission)
Interoperability of Chemical Data (Francois Mestre, European Chemicals Agency)

Coffee Break

Session IV: Emerging Technologies
Artificial Intelligence at the service of the citizen: the Italian task force (Enzo Maria Le Fevre / Dr. Marco Bani, Agenzia per l'Italia Digitale)
Blockchain Cadastre (Jacques Vos, Kadaster, Netherlands)

Panel: Digital Strategies 
Uruguay, Greece, Japan (tbc)
Moderator: Vassilios Peristeras

Closing by Emanuele Baldacci, Director of DG DIGIT, European Commission

Networking drink


For pre-registration, click here.*
Stay tuned! #SEMIC2018 - @EU_ISA2


How was SEMIC 2017?

SEMIC 2017 attracted 220 participants on-site and further 800+ online. Such attendence made this SEMIC the most successful one so far. Recall the best moments in the SEMIC 2017 Highlights Report and the Conference video.

Learn more about the SEMIC activities under ISA².


Please note that your registration is subject to approval by the organisers. You will be notified of your registration status by email.

 

Organiser
European Commission, DG Informatics, Interoperability Unit
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