The National Interoperability Framework Observatory

When is this solution for you? 

You work for a public administration and you are in charge of drafting or reviewing your National Interoperability Framework (NIF). You are responsible for an interoperability initiative. You want to make sure that this Framework or initiative is aligned with the European Interoperability Framework (EIF). You want to have a comprehensive overview of eGovernment activities in European countries or at European Union level.

What can we offer you? 

NIFO provides an objective, up-to-date picture of interoperability activities across Europe. It analyses the National Interoperability Frameworks of the EU Member States and associated countries and their alignment with the European Interoperability Framework.

Through the NIFO Community, a free-to-use online community of practice on Joinup, you can:

  • Access the interoperability factsheets summarising the interoperability activities of over 30 European countries.
  • Generate analytical models showing the alignment of NIFs with the EIF.
  • Learn about and exchange good practices and thus find inspiration for the establishment and further development of NIFs.
  • Request ISA experts' advice on drafting a NIF.
  • Consult factsheets on the state and progress of eGovernment in 34 European countries and the EU institutions.
  • Stay abreast of country updates in the field.
  • Engage with your peers in discussion threads.
Our solution at a glance 

Read the NIFO leaflet.

See the NIFO infographic.

Get started 
Is this solution open source? 
Not applicable
Any questions? 

Contact the project officer at the Interoperability Unit of the Directorate-General for Informatics of the European Commission (please use the subject line 'NIFO').

More detailed information 

Visit the NIFO action page.

Key facts and figures 
  • Over 30 countries covered (including all EU Member States).
  • Comparative NIF/EIF alignment models can be generated with up to four countries at a time.
  • In 2015, the average percentage in terms of EIF implementation was 45% (24 countries assessed) and 33.4% in terms of EIF monitoring (18 countries assessed). 
    ​For more details, check the report on the State of play of interoperability in Europe (2015).
  • In 2014, the average NIF/EIF alignment percentage for 19 countries assessed was 72%. The same average drops to 28.4% in terms of monitoring and implementation of the EIF. 
    For more details, check the report on the State of play of interoperability in Europe (2014).

The last State of Play report (alignment, implementation and monitoring) has been published at the beginning of 2017.