After consulting the ESCO Board and the ESCO Maintenance Committee, the Commission launched a pilot project for interoperability with ESCO. Following a call for the expression of interest to take part in the mapping pilot, four national classifications were chosen to take part in this first phase of the mapping. Together with the public employment services of Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Spain the Commission will test the creation of "mappings" between their national classifications and ESCO.
Classifications are "mapped" by creating a correspondence table between them, i.e. by indicating for each concept of one classification the concepts in another classification that have the same or a similar meaning. The purpose of the pilot project is to better understand how mappings can be created and to test ESCO in an interoperability scenario. In the kick-off meeting on 16 July the organisations in scope will discuss the objectives and the methodology in further detail. The results of this pilot phase are expected to be available towards the end of 2014, following which a roadmap for the mapping of the remaining countries will be developed.
By mapping to the national classifications throughout Europe, ESCO can serve as a translation hub. This allows transcoding information from each classification system into each other classification system, which will facilitate trusted information exchange between them and in turn improves semantic interoperability in the labour market.
The progress can be followed through the ESCO mapping pilot page in ESCOpedia, where workshop agendas and documents will be published regularly.