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

FOLLOW LIVE STREAM (on 14/06, from 9:30 - Bulgaria time)

Opened by the EU 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.


Registration & Coffee (8:30-9:30)

Opening - Bulgarian Presidency:

Promotional video by the Bulgarian Presidency to the Council of the EU
Alexander Yolovski, S.E.G.A, Bulgaria

Keynote: Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society

Introduction by Gertrud Ingestad, Director-General of DG DIGIT, European Commission

Alexander Yolovski, S.E.G.A, Bulgaria - "Access to base registers and interconnections between the building blocks - key enablers in the end-to-end principle of eGovernment" 

Keynote: Jens Krieger Røyen, Head of Division, Danish Agency for Digitisation - "Efficient data sharing under democratic governance"

Coffee Break (11:00-11:30)

Session I: Base Registries (11:30-13:00)
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 (13:00-14:30)

Coffee corners / Demos:
Vocbench Demo: Denis Dechandon, EU Publications Office
SCOOP4C, Stakeholder Community Once-Only Principle for Citizens: Michaela Führer
ELRC, Europan Language Resource Coordination: Lili Smal and Aivars Berzinš
IMOLA II: Jesús Camy (ELRA)

Session II: The Single Digital Gateway (14:30-14:45)
Fleur Breuillin, DG GROW, European Commission

Session III: Parallel sessions (14:50-15:30)
1) OSLO: Raf Buyle, Flanders
Methodology and Tools - support for Semantic Interoperability: Per de Place Bjørn, Denmark
2) Financial Data Standardisation: Peter van den Hul, DG FISMA, European Commission
Interoperability of Chemical Data: Francois Mestre, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)
3) National Metadata Architecture & Interoperability Workbench: Suvi Remes, Ministry of Finance, Finland
Doris: Franco Accordino, DG CNECT, European Commission

Coffee Break (15:30-16:00)

Session IV: Emerging Technologies (16:00-16:45)
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 (16:45-17:30)
Laura Rodríguez, AGESIC, Uruguay
Kenji Hiramoto, National strategy office of IT, Cabinet Secretariat, Japan
Anna Panagopoulou, Director, DG RTD J,  European Commission
Luis Felipe Salin Monteiro, Secretary of State, Brazil
Moderator: Vassilios Peristeras

Closing (17:30-17:45)
Emanuele Baldacci, Director of DG DIGIT, European Commission

Networking drink (17:45-19:00)

The conference is fully booked! The registration deadline was 24/05/2018.

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.


European Commission, DG Informatics, Interoperability Unit
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