Interview with Nikolay Minev, Director of Information Systems and Interoperability Directorate at SeGA

We will gather together next 14 June in Sofia to hold the 8th edition of the Semantic Interoperability Conference, SEMIC2018. Organised by the ISA² Programme of the European Commission, this year the main topic will be ‘Linked Digital Public Administrations’ emphasising the need for linking information and data in the public sector to bring benefits to citizens and business in Europe. Will you be there to join the discussion?

Emanuele Baldacci

Emanuele Baldacci, Director of Digital Public Services, Directorate-General for Informatics, European Commission

We are currently shaping digital public administrations, and we would like to know your views and opinions. This is why we are proposing a workshop on ISA² Programme: Boosting Digital Public Administrations at the European Week for Regions and Cities next October 2018.

Fidel Santiago

Fidel Santiago, Programme manager for the ISA² Programme, Interoperability Unit, Directorate General for Informatics, European Commission

Our society is based on data, information if you wish. This text itself is data getting to you through a more or less complex combination of technologies. Since you are reading it, most probably your work also involves data and/or information: how to collect or generate it, how to process it, how to digest it. We can agree that data are not as rich as, let us say, information, at least from this point of view: information is data with meaning (semantics). A number per se it is not so meaningful. For instance 42 as such does not convey much meaning. We need something to move from the data, the 42, to some information: 42 years, 42 days, 42 as the answer…

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Susanne Wigard, organiser of the SEMIC conference

Registration open! It is now less than four months to SEMIC 2018, the annual conference on semantic interoperability organised by the ISA² Programme of the European Commission. This year, it is the 8th edition of the event and the theme is "Linked Digital Public Administrations". We will be welcoming participants in Sofia, Bulgaria on 14 June 2018.

Tom Vekemans

Tom Vekemans – Head of Unit B.4 Software Developments Capabilities – Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT), European Commission

We look forward to meeting you at the Open PM² Conference 2018: a world-class Project Management event sponsored by major EU Institutions (European Commission, Council of the European Union, European Committee of the Regions, European Central Bank, European External Action Service). The event provides a unique opportunity to meet representatives from these Institutions, Public Administrations, PM² Practitioners, Service Providers and Project Management experts to learn from each other, exchange best practices and share experiences in using PM² and rolling-out the PM² Methodology in their organisations.


Irina Tanasescu, Policy Officer at Secretariat General, European Commission and Carlos Torrecilla Salinas, IT Project Manager at DG Informatics, European Commission

Before the Interinstitutional Register of Delegated Acts (REGDEL), following up the evolution of delegated acts, from their planning by the Commission to their publication in the Official Journal was a tedious process. With REGDEL now in place, users have a one-stop shop where to find all the relevant information.

Gertrud Ingestad

Gertrud Ingestad, Director-General of DG Informatics, European Commission

Digitising public administrations is vital for the advancement of the Digital Single Market (DSM). Digital government can play a significant role in strengthening the trust in governments. Well aware of that, back in March this year we launched the new European Interoperability Framework (EIF) prepared by the Interoperability Unit of the Directorate-General for Informatics (DG DIGIT) at the European Commission. This document provides 47 recommendations for modernising the delivery of public services nationally and across borders.

Hans Vanderbeke

Hans Vanderbeke, Joinup Project Manager, Interoperability Unit, Directoare-General for Informatics at the European Commission

Joinup, the platform managed by the European Commission’s ISA² programme, is one of the success stories of the programme. Since its launch in 2011 it has over 25,000 subscribers and more than 30,000 artefacts (software solutions, specifications and frameworks) have been uploaded. Very soon however, the current Joinup as it is today will only exist in our memories and in this blog post.

Mario Campolargo

Mário Campolargo, Deputy Director-General for DG Informatics, European Commission

In DIGIT at the European Commission, we aim for a better connected Europe, in which public administrations can offer interoperable cross-border and cross-sector public services to businesses and citizens while reducing public expenditures.


Natalia ARISTIMUNO, Head of Interoperability Unit, DG Informatics, European Commission

All over Europe, EU countries are currently digitising their public administrations to be more efficient, save time, reduce costs, increase transparency, and improve the quality of services that they offer to citizens and businesses. This effort however should be coordinated to address the risk that public services, although digital, are delivered in divergent ways.

Gertrud Ingestad

Gertrud Ingestad, Director-General of DG Informatics, European Commission

Since more than a decade, the European Commission’s ISA² programme and its predecessor programmes ISA and IDABC have been supporting public administrations across the EU to achieve interoperability of their systems – on technical, semantic, organisational and legal level. Under these programmes, the SEMIC action aims at the development of solutions enabling semantic interoperability. This year, the annual SEMIC conference will bring together experts from more than 30 countries in Valetta, Malta.

Mario Campolargo

Mário Campolargo, Deputy Director-General for DG Informatics, European Commission

Semantic interoperability is a key element in many e-Government and interoperability national agendas. But why is this so important? Thanks to the experience gathered under the SEMIC action, lessons-learnt can already be shared at European level. This reduces the consequences of semantic interoperability conflicts and helps solve problems resulting from the environment in which data is exchanged cross-border.

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Susanne Wigard, organiser of the SEMIC conference

We are almost there! Only three weeks to go until SEMIC 2017, the annual conference on semantic interoperability organised by the European Commission. This year, it is the 7th edition of the event and we will soon be welcoming participants in Malta on 14 June.

Gertrud Ingestad

Gertrud Ingestad, Director-General for DG Informatics, European Commission

How many times have you spent hours and money in never-ending paperwork to complete an administrative process? Even worse, how many times after that have you learnt that there is a tool or a service with which you could have done it more easily? Join us in Lisbon next March 29 and learn more!


Konstantinos BOVALIS, Deputy Head of the ISA Unit, DG Informatics, European Commission

The European Interoperability Framework (EIF) will help public administrations to better fulfil citizens’ and businesses’ needs when it comes to the delivery of online public services, nationally and across borders. This will in turn contribute to the establishment of the Digital Single Market and to Europe's growth potential and competitiveness.