Creation of a new CEN/ISSS Workshop on Sharing eGovernment Resources

Here is a new initiative who should be helpful for all open source (and maybe non open source) repositories that are exploited around the world.

The goal of this workshop is to create "specifications that facilitate cataloguing and retrieving eGovernment resources in pan-European federated resource registries".
Those eGovernment resources "can be eGovernment services, standards and specifications, laws, terminological resources, description of selected cultural elements."

In short, they want to create an UDDI capable of registering any kind of resources allowing eGovernment services to facilitate their interoperability. I looks like an "impossible mission" when you know that the multilingualism is already a big constraint in the real word. Creation of taxonomies, ontologies of contexts are very often difficult to work with.

How many eGovernment projects use RDF to define their business and organise their data?

How many developers know the difference between taxonomy and ontology?

How do you update efficiently an ontology and study the impact of this change into your application? I know no application capable of addressing that requirement

What is the power of the Ministries of Justice in the EU? How can you define it and compare it to each other Ministry? This is why I believe that the following task "Mechanism for using terminological resources for the unambiguous description of eGovernment resources" seems to be in the critical path of the workshop.

I believe that the workshop will provide the template that each Member States should use to define its resources but is it sufficient? The biggest task is to put the providers of identical eServices around the table and try to understand how to uniquely define the services they propose. Hopefully this task will still provide a lot of bread for the consultancy companies.

 

Not that I’m pessimist but registries are filled by humans with their understanding of a context. The context (like the laws) changes constantly. The content of such registry is the Holy Grail for people using cross border/organisation web services.

The Workshop innovates with the type of resources they want to share; from standards and specifications to laws. Mixing such context is a brilliant idea if they are able to link them together, having a kind of traceable tool.

I will definitely follow their work and try to propose some content coming from a project I’m working for: R4eGov (Research for eGovernment). The Chancellery of Austria is proposing an innovative way to define business rules that will be the content of a future post.

 

Link to the R4egov project: http://www.r4egov.eu 


Here is the short presentation of the future CEN/ISSS workshop:

"The [CEN/ISSS Workshop on Sharing eGovernment Resources] will publish consensus specifications that facilitate cataloguing and retrieving eGovernment resources in pan-European federated resource registries.

It will thereby ease the access to and hence (re-)use of eGovernment resources through standardized and localized metadata schemata and common exchange protocols. eGovernment resources are all types of resources published on the Web under the responsibility of public authorities.

eGovernment resources can be eGovernment services, standards and specifications, laws, terminological resources, description of selected cultural elements.

Metadata schemata and information models will evolve out of the prototypical eGov ontology.

This workshop will create specifications, including:

  • standardized minimum description of eGovernment resources (leveraging existing federated terminological assets)
  • mechanism(s) for the notification of new/updated information about eGovernment resources
  • common agreed approach(es) to facilitate the discovery of, query of, access to, and federation of (information about) eGovernment resources

The main deliverable will be a three-part CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA):

  • CWA X-1: Description of eGovernment Resources:
    • Standardized minimum description of eGovernment resources
    • Notification mechanism
    • Methods and/or protocol(s) to query (information about)
    • eGovernment resources
  • CWA X-2: Federated Terminological Resources:
    • Mechanism for using terminological resources for the
      • unambiguous description of eGovernment resources
      • Integration points for ADNOM [European Network for Administrative Nomenclature: The aim of the Workshop ADNOM is to establish and maintain a network between European government translation units, terminology organizations, etc. with the purpose of developing and disseminating European Administrative Nomenclature]
  • CWA X-3: Description of Cultural Elements
    • Structure for the formalized description of cultural elements
    • Integration with eGov ontology
    • Initial taxonomy of soft cultural elements (ten elements)"

Source: CEN European Committee for Standardization, CEN/ISSS eGovernment Focus Group,  "Minutes of the open meeting of the CEN/ISSS eGovernment focus Group on 19 February 2008", 26 February 2008

Link: egov034_Minutes of the open meeting of the CENISSS eGovernment focus Group (2008-02-19).doc

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