While authority lists, taxonomies, thesauri and ontologies are increasingly used to drive data, content and information processes, a free web-based platform facilitating their collaborative editing and management, and designed to meet the needs of the semantic web is made available as an open-source solution, VocBench 3. A new version (4.0) of the platform has been recently released.
The agenda of the ISA² Mid-Term Conference: Linking Public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens organised by the European Commission’s ISA² Programme is now available. The EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel, and the Head of Department for Digital and eGovernment at Austria’s Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs, Peter Kustor, will open the event. Mário Campolargo, Deputy Director-General of Directorate-General for Informatics at the European Commission, will present the progress of the ISA² Programme. The conference will take place on 29 November 2018 at the cultural house Flagey in Brussels, and will be facilitated by the stand-up comedian Louis Zezeran.
Between 29 June 2018 and 21 September 2018, the European Commission conducted a public consultation on a new online platform for public access to Commission documents, open to all citizens and entities with an interest in this field. 576 respondents in total took part in the consultation, 27 % of whom stated that they had already introduced a request for access to documents.
Almost one hundred people from different countries, regions and cities joined our first workshop ever at the EURegionsWeek. Our presence there was complemented with 4 presentations in the agora covering topics like the implementation of the EIF and its monitoring through NIFO, Sharing and Reuse of IT solutions and Joinup, the repository of open source IT solutions developed under the ISA² Programme.
The Single Digital Gateway Regulation was adopted by the European Parliament and Council on 3 October. As of end 2020, the gateway will become the online access point for citizens and business in need of information to get active in any EU Member State. It will be known and promoted to the general public as ‘Your Europe’. The new tool will provide reliable and verified search results about a great host of rules, rights, procedures and high-quality help services. In addition, users will be able to perform a number of these procedures fully online and enjoy the benefits of the once-only principle.
On 28 September, ISA² held a workshop gathering National Interoperability Framework Observatory (NIFO) Contact Points to discuss the new monitoring mechanism of the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). The new monitoring mechanism aims at measuring the level of implementation of the EIF recommendations and principles and in this way to provide better insight to the EU Member States on areas where they can improve when it comes to interoperability.
The ISA² Interoperability Test Bed, a web-based platform that provides a conformance testing solution to projects developing cross-border public services, has published new documentation and training materials. The easy to follow but comprehensive documentation refers both to users, to provide explanations on Test Bed concepts and step-by-step usage instructions, as well as to developers, to reduce the learning curve involved in developing test cases.
The new version 4.0 of CIRCABC has arrived! It comes up with a new user interface, features and improvements to make the application more user-friendly.
Archival institutions worldwide are constantly searching for IT solutions to support their business activities. A comprehensive overview of existing IT solutions covering both the existing standards and best practices for the various archival processes did not exist or was very fragmented or outdated. A new report provides an up to date overview of the current landscape complemented with an assessment tool that helps to support decision-making. The report and the assessment tool are first result of the “Standards-based archival data management” action supported by the ISA² Programme.
As of 24 September 2018, a week dedicated to eGovernment is being organised under the umbrella of the Austrian presidency of the Council of the European Union. The ISA² Programme will participate in two events in Vienna, Austria: the High Level Conference on Digital & e-Government and the Once-Only Principle for Europe Conference.
The 8th edition of the SEMIC Conference on 'Linked Digital Public Administrations', held in Sofia, Bulgaria on 14 June, attracted around 200 participants from 38 countries, including Brazil, Japan and Uruguay. More than 700 people around the globe followed the event via live stream. You can find the main highlights, insights and critical messages in the SEMIC 2018 Conference Highlights Report.
Registration is now open for the ISA² Mid-Term Conference: Linking Public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens. The event organised by the European Commission's ISA² Programme will take place on 29 November 2018 in Brussels and will be opened by the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, Mariya Gabriel.
A new version of LEOS, the open source software for legislation drafting, is available. This second major release is a result of the feedback on the LEOS Pilot 1.0.0, currently used for multiple hands-on workshops, a pilot across the European Commission services and by other parties.
Are you a policy officer drafting new EU legislation, which may entail information and communication technology aspects? Or you work in the IT or Impact Assessment capability of your Directorate-General and you would like to support your policy colleagues to assess the ICT impacts of their policy proposal?
The European Commission has launched a public consultation on a new online platform for public access to Commission documents. The consultation is open from 29 June 2018 to 21 September 2018 to all citizens and entities with an interest in this field.
We are happy to announce you the opening of the new EU Vocabularies website. This site will replace the current Metadata Registry and EuroVoc websites. Visitors will find under one roof a selection of EU vocabularies ranging from controlled vocabularies, such as EuroVoc and the authority tables, to ontologies, including the European Legislation Identifier ontology, and other reference data assets. The aim of the new common site is to facilitate the discovery, access and reuse of EU related vocabularies.
The THEMIS project, aimed at providing an end-to-end management of the full EU law process life-cycle, releases the first operational version of THEMIS / Infringements application.
The ISA² Programme of the European Commission is organising a mid-term conference on 29 November 2018 in Brussels. The programme, running from 2016 to 2020, is reaching its midway point and the event will be an opportunity to discuss what has been already achieved, the tasks for the upcoming years and the future of the programme beyond 2020.
The 8th edition of the annual SEMIC Conference attracted almost 200 participants from 38 countries, including Brazil, Japan or Uruguay. An additional 700 people from all over the world followed the event via live stream. Held in Sofia, Bulgaria on 14 June, SEMIC 2018 was organised by the ISA² Programme of the European Commission in close collaboration with Bulgaria's State eGovernment Agency under the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Montenegro is the first candidate country joining the ISA² Programme. The agreement was signed on 29 May 2018 by the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel and Montenegro's Minister of Public Administration Suzana Pribilović.