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Workshop on Interoperability Infrastructures for European Public Administration - eChallenges 2008 Conference

Date of Event: Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Chair: Yannis Charalabidis
National Technical University of Athens, Greece


The Greek Interoperability Centre organizes the 1st International Workshop on "Interoperability Infrastructures for European Public Administration", to be held in the context of 2008 eChallenges Conference on October 22nd, chaired by Yannis Charalabidis.



Moving in the direction of eGovernment and tGovernment roadmaps, as adopted by Governments all around the world, interoperability is posing as one of the great challenges for administrations, industry and research. With the basic standardisation now in place, as most Governments have issued National eGovernment Standardisaton Frameworks, attention is gradually transferred to the implementation and deployment of infrastructures to support one-stop delivery of public electronic services, through the interoperable operation of a vast number of systems, organisational units and public officials.

In the European Union context, the need for Interoperability Infrastructures at local, National and European level is now stressed by the i2010 strategy and the new Services Directive (Directive 2006/123/EC).  The workshop's main objective is to address the current challenges in various eGIF's of European Union Member States, providing an opportunity for Public Administration officers and eGIF contributors to exchange current practices and opinions. Issues of the discussion include:

  • Central Governmental Service Portals (Gateways) offering one-stop, interoperable services to citizens and businesses
  • Interoperability Service Registries, allowing for service publishing, discovery and composition
  • XML Schema Repositories for electronic service forms based on emerging UN/CEFACT CCTS standards
  • Federated ontologies and standardized codelists for the public sector
  • Central and vertical eID infrastructures, allowing for federated management of electronic identities

Target Audience

Target audience includes Interoperability and e-Government Research Project Members, European Commission officials, Industry and Academia representatives, National Governments and Local Administration officers, interested in cutting-edge advancements on electronic government and interoperability research.



During the workshop the following presentations are going to take place:

  • SEMIC.EU: Interconnecting Europe, Klaus Reichling, Semantic Interoperability Centre Europe, Germany
  • CEN/ISSS eGov-Share: A standardisation initiative to facilitate Discovery of and Access to eGovernment Resources, Karl Wessbrandt , CEN/ISSS WS/eGov-Share Chairman, VERNA, Sweden
  • Semantic technologies to support an easy and ubiquitous dialogue between Governments and citizens, Antonio De Nicola, M. Missikoff, IASI-CNR, Italy
  • NIST B2B Interoperability Test Bed: Content Testing within a Global Testing Network, Nenad Ivezic, National Institute of Standards and Technology, US
  • Interoperability infrastructures and relevant Standardization in Norway, Arne Berre, SINTEF, Norway
  • ESTRELLA: Towards Interoperability Standardisation in Legal Information and Knowledge, Radboud Winkels, Patries Kordelaar, University Of Amsterdam, Netherlands,
  • Governmental Interoperability Service Utilities: The Way Forward for Zero-Stop Electronic Service Composition and Provision, Yannis Charalabidis, National Technical University Athens, Greece

Location: eChallenges 2008 Conference, Grand Hotel, Blasieholmshamnen 8,  Stockholm, Sweden

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