ISA² - Interoperability solutions for public administrations, businesses and citizens



Interview with Dr. Karmen Kern Pipan, Head of Data Management Department, and Tadej Gabrijel, Head of Electronic Services Development Department of Ministry of Public Administration, Republic of Slovenia

Karmen Kern Pipan and Tadej Gabrijel have used IMAPS for assessing one digital public service provided by the Slovenian Ministry of Public Administration. 


Interview with Pieter van Everdingen, Community Manager at Platform Linked Data Netherlands (PLDN)

Semantic interoperability is strongly connected to the concept of linked data, being one of its core components and allowing heterogenous data sources to connect via the Internet. In this interview, we discussed with Pieter van Everdingen, the Community Manager from Platform Linked Data Netherlands, which is an open network community of experts aiming to stimulate further adoption of linked data.



Interview with Peter Axelsson, BIM Strategist at the Swedish Transport Administration

Semantic interoperability is an area explored for a number of years. For the last decade, SEMIC plays a significant role by offering technical solutions widely adopted by a number of stakeholders. So far, all approaches were focused on how to implement semantic interoperability in public administrations, i.e., concentrating on providing government-to-government solutions, with less focus on the needs originated from the private sector.


Interview with Sebastiaan Taes, The Federal Service BUS at BOSA

The Federal Service Bus (FSB) of the Belgian Federal Public Service Policy and Support Directorate General Digital Transformation (FPS BOSA DT), wants to be the gateway to the most important (authentic) data sources of the Belgian federal government.


Alice Vasilescu, Community Manager for LEOS, external consultant European Commission, on behalf of the LEOS Team

A new version of LEOS, the open source software for legislation drafting, is available on Joinup. This third major release brings new features and improvements concerning version management, comparison view, structured annexes, templates configuration improvements and many more.

Tomas Sedivec

Interview with Tomáš Šedivec, Department of the Chief eGovernment Architect, Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic

Tomáš Šedivec has used IMAPS for assessing a number of digital public services provided by public administrations in the Czech Republic, such as the Czech Ministry of Health. He shared with us his IMAPS user experience and explained the benefits of IMAPS for his organisation.

Carlos Fernandez

Interview with Carlos Fernandez, Project Manager at Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Parliament and Democratic Memory, Spain

LEOS is a software tool helping those involved in drafting legislation, which is usually a complex process requiring efficient online collaboration. Comments, suggestions, version control, co-edition, everything is possible with LEOS. The software was released as open source and has developed a growing community around. One of the active community members and a user of LEOS is Carlos Fernandez from the Spanish Ministry of the Presidency, Relations with the Parliament and Democratic Memory.


Dr. Raul Abril, IMAPS Project Officer, Interoperability Unit, Directorate General for Informatics, European Commission

Today, the interoperability maturity of digital public services provided by EU public administrations scores on average at “essential” level. This means that the services implement the key interoperability aspects in a basic way: they use one digital channel, partial pre-filling or make a service catalogue publicly available. 

Benoît Origas

Benoît ORIGAS, Project / Programme / Service Manager, Team Leader, Data services Unit – Collaboration sector, Directorate General for Informatics, European Commission

EUSurvey is a secured platform for designing and conducting small to large online surveys. The service is multilingual, flexible and widely accessible for consulting stakeholders on a specific issue, conducting satisfaction surveys or collecting event registrations. EUSurvey is also the platform used for public consultations organised by the European Commission (see Have your say) allowing Europeans to have their voice in Commission initiatives.

Miguel Alvarez Rodriguez

Miguel Alvarez Rodriguez, Programme Manager, Interoperability Unit, DG Informatics, European Commission

Public service provision is at the centre of digital government. Citizens and businesses need to interact with public administrations in various personal or business situations from a birth certificate to pension benefits. To enable these interactions online, public authorities often develop portals or digital government information systems. In context of international collaboration and exchange of information, such models create interoperability issues with various consequences. To solve these issues, we defined a common metadata model Core Public Service Vocabulary Application Profile.  

Pavlina Fragkou

Pavlina Fragkou, Programme Manager, Interoperability Unit, Directorate General for Informatics, European Commission

Open government data are a valuable source of information that is publicly available to anyone for analysis and reuse. However, even though governmental data are open, they are often represented and published in an unstructured way without following any specific guidelines. The ISA² Programme has developed a solution, e-Government Core Vocabularies, to help public administrations bring structure in their data. One of them is the Core Public Event Vocabulary (CPEV) that is a common data model for describing public events.

Fidel Santiago

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

According to the Oxford dictionary, ‘space’ can have various meanings, such as ‘a continuous area or expanse which is free, available, or unoccupied’ or ‘the freedom to live, think, and develop in a way that suits one’. Both definitions can give us an idea on what trans-European data spaces may represent in the context of digital public services: a series of continuous areas available to use and to experiment with interoperable cross-border digital public services. These spaces also provide the freedom to develop innovative and pioneering digital public administrations. This year at the SEMIC conference, we would like to explore the link between semantic interoperability and trans-European data spaces and their benefits for Europeans.

Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz

Patrice-Emmanuel Schmitz, legal expert

Among ISA² solutions, the European Union Public Licence (EUPL) is very specific. Its goal is to provide a modern licensing tool to all software licensors in Europe: European institutions, national administrations and even to private developers.

Victoria Kalogirou and Georges Lobo

Victoria Kalogirou and Georges Lobo, Programme managers, Interoperability Unit, Directorate-General for Informatics, European Commission

The organisational and governance aspects of interoperability are a crucial element in the development and delivery of European digital public services. Ongoing work is focused on clarifying and providing guidance on the implementation of these concepts.

Antonio Rotundo and Gabriele Ciasullo

Interview with Antonio Rotundo, Geographic Information Expert, and Gabriele Ciasullo, Head of Databases and Open Data Office, Agency for Digital Italy (AgID)

AgID (Agency for Digital Italy) has been working on a national strategy for an overall public sector information infrastructure as knowledge base of all public information resources, implemented by the actions defined in the Three-Year Plan for ICT in the Public Administration. The core components of that infrastructure are the national catalogue for spatial data (RNDT) and the national open data portal. The Agency decided to implement GeoDCAT-AP to achieve an interoperable integration and coordination of the two catalogues. 

Cristina Cosma

Cristina Cosma, Programme Manager, Interoperability Unit, DG Informatics, European Commission

Putting citizens first and involving them through co-creation in designing digital public services is a key opportunity for improving public service availability, quality and efficiency in cities and regions. Join us at the European Week of Regions and Cities on 8 October 2019 to discuss the ways to better shape citizen-centric services.

Victoria Kalogirou and Jean-Paul de Baets

Jean-Paul De Baets and Victoria Kalogirou, Joinup Program Managers, Interoperability Unit, Directorate-General for Informatics at the European Commission

Joinup was created in 2011 by the European Commission to provide a common platform that allows public administrations, businesses and citizens to share and reuse IT solutions and good practices, as well as facilitates communication and collaboration on IT projects across Europe. Managed via the ISA² Programme, the Joinup online platform currently offers a plethora of interoperability solutions in every major policy domain, along with thousands of eGovernment-related material such as news and events.

Isabel Maria da Rosa and Marc-Christopher Schmidt

Isabel Maria da Rosa and Marc-Christopher Schmidt, DG GROW, European Commission

The Once-Only Principle requires administrations to exchange information directly between each other, after having received consent from the citizen.  The "Core Criterion and Core Evidence" data model (CCCEV) supports this exchange. It defines in a generic way the structure of a criterion, for example, having a driving license. It also specifies the different types of evidence that citizens and businesses can provide as proof. The advantage of CCCEV is that it can be universally applied for any kind of criterion and evidence.

Miguel Alvarez Rodriguez

Miguel Alvarez Rodriguez, Programme Manager, ISA² Programme, European Commission

Among ISA² actions, the National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) is a bit unusual. Its goal is not to develop software or a data specification. NIFO is providing policy makers, researchers and practitioners with the latest developments on digital government and interoperability across Europe.

Nataliya Rozbroj Jasinskaja

Nataliya Rozbroj Jasinskaja, EU Open Data Expert, Publications Office of the European Union

The DCAT Application profile for data portals in Europe (DCAT-AP) is a result of European efforts for standards-based harmonisation of dataset and data catalogue specifications. It aims at creating a European data ecosystem by increasing the discoverability and reuse of open government data and improving the interoperability of data portals. The achievement of this target would support the objectives of public administrations to fulfil their transparency goals, reduce barriers to cross-border business and allow consumers to develop innovative solutions based on data.