Nataliya Rozbroj Jasinskaja

By 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.

Sharing & Reuse Conference 2019

Sachiko Muto, CEO, OpenForum Europe

On 11 June, the European Commission’s 2nd Sharing & Reuse Conference in Bucharest will be entirely dedicated to the use of open source in public administrations across Europe. This is significant, and it shows just how far open source has come in 15 or so years since OpenForum Europe (OFE) was founded. Open source, it seems, is an idea whose time has come.

Peter Burian

Peter Burian, Project Officer for ISA² Access to Base Registries, DG DIGIT, European Commission

Instead of asking citizens for information that they have already provided, the Access to Base Registries Action tries to help public administrations across Europe to implement solutions that focus on the reuse of this information through base registries.

SEMIC blog post

Susanne Wigard, ISA² Programme Manager, SEMIC action

The SEMIC action of the ISA² Programme recently organised a webinar on ‘Artificial Intelligence and Public Administrations’ that attracted more than 230 participants. Public administrations are experimenting with – and in some case already successfully using – various applications of AI: chatbots, text mining, image recognition, traffic supervision and many more.

EP Crypto Tool Team

Jérôme Stefanini, on behalf of the European Parliament Crypto Tool Team, DG DIGIT, European Commission

The European Parliament Crypto Tool is an open source software that enables EU countries to exchange files securely. It was used for the European elections in 2014 and is already being used for the European elections that will take place in May 2019. Developed by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Informatics (DIGIT), the tool is supported by the ISA² Programme.

Peter Bruhn Andersen

Peter Bruhn Andersen, Linked Data Architect, Danish Agency for Digitisation

Part of the dream of the Semantic Web, as well as the goal we are striving towards with semantic interoperability and linked data, is to enable machines to act on our behalf to find and aggregate information. Furthermore, software agents should be able to make decisions based on end user-defined tasks.

Costas Simatos

Costas Simatos, IT architect

The ISA² Interoperability Test Bed is an online, web-based platform that provides a conformance testing solution to projects developing cross-border public services. Project owners can use it to define their conformance testing strategy as a series of test cases that users can execute in a self-service manner, with monitoring from administrators to track testing progress and provide support.

Fidel Santiago

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

The General Data Protection Regulation is a big opportunity for semantic data modellers. Thanks to this new regulation, many organisations are reviewing their data management practices to (re)confirm their compliance with the new law and to improve on some new aspects like accountability or record keeping. Benefiting from this internal revision, we, semantic data modellers, can improve our organisations’ (semantic) data models and our metadata management in general. In the SEMIC Action, we have explored the relationship between the right to data portability and SEMIC’s Core Vocabularies, specially the Core Person Vocabulary.

Raul Abril

Raul Abril, CAMSS Project Manager, Interoperability Unit, DG Informatics, European Commission

Are you struggling with ICT standards? Are you trying to figure out how to assess their quality, openness and coherence, but also to see if they are protected by intellectual property rights and accepted by others? The Common Assessment Method for Standards and Specifications (CAMSS), supported by the ISA​² Programme, can help you!


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

As we are approaching the end of 2018, I would like to share with you what I have learnt this year while working on LEOS. ​LEOS - Legislation Editing Open Software - is an open source software designed to help those involved in legislation draſting by facilitating efficient online collaboration. For me personally, this coincides with one year in the team, and I can’t believe how fast time flew. But when you love what you are doing, time tends to go quickly.

Miguel Amutio

Miguel A. Amutio, Deputy Head of Unit of Coordination of ICT Units, Secretariat General for Digital Administration, Spain

Miguel A. Amutio studied at La Salle School of Deusto and graduated in Computer Science at Deusto University (Bilbao) in 1988. CISA, CISM, CRISC. Currently he is Deputy Head of Unit of Coordination of ICT Units at the General Secretariat for Digital Administration. He coordinates the development of the National Security Framework and of the National Interoperability Framework of Spain and their Technical Regulations, together with the supporting documents. He is member of the Committee of the ISA² Programme and previously of the committees of Programmes ISA, IDABC, and IDA II; also member of the eGovernment Action Plan Steering Group and of the European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardization (MSP-ICT). Writer and speaker at various media, conferences and courses.

Mihaly Dan

Mihály Dán, e-Government advisor, Department for e-Government, Ministry of Interior of Hungary

The new European Interoperability Framework (EIF) is a key instrument for establishing interoperable digital public services at all levels of public administration. Implementing the EIF's principles and ensuring holistic interoperability and integrated public service governance can be a very complex issue. Especially on the local government level, the challenge comes from the autonomous nature and differences between local communities. In Hungary’s experience this can be most easily tackled by the establishment of a central solution – for which ensuring the compliance with the national e-Government policy criteria aligned to the EIF can be ensured effectively.

Natalia Aristimuno Perez

Natalia Aristimuño Pérez, Head of Interoperability Unit, DG Informatics, European Commission

- Moving to a different city or a country and waiting for hours to register in the new neighbourhood?
- Requesting hundreds of documents from your local town to be translated into a different language and taken to your new city hall?

Join us on 29 November 2018 in Brussels to discuss how we are solving this out by linking public administrations, businesses and citizens at the ISA² Mid-Term Conference.


Georges Lobo and Victoria Kalogirou, Joinup Project Officers, Interoperability Unit, Directorate-General for Informatics at the European Commission

​Joinup, the open and collaborative platform managed by the European Commission’s ISA² Programme fosters the collaboration between IT developers, architects, business leaders and academia. It allows these professionals to promote, discuss, and upload their own proven eGovernment solutions, but also find similar ones from others. It further offers a key repository of shared and reused solutions consisting of more than 2.700 interoperability solutions ready to be used while we write this blog post.

LegIT team

Alice Vasilescu, Community Manager for LegIT, European Commission, on behalf of the LegIT Team

Our mission to make legislation drafting more efficient has been challenging but we are happy to share with you our progress.


Fidel Santiago and Susanne Wigard, Project Managers of the SEMIC action in the Interoperability Unit, Directorate-General for Informatics, European Commission

Besides organising SEMIC 2018, the SEMIC action team has been busy with many other things during the last few months. We have analysed the use of DCAT-AP, developed a draft Core Public Event Vocabulary, started pilots with the Financial Transparency System and the National Interoperability Framework Observatory and published a number of interesting studies.


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…

Sofia, Bulgaria

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.