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Linked base registries as a key enabler for eGovernment in Flanders

Ziggy Vanlishout, Raf Buyle and Björn De Vidts

(Submission #199)


Citizens expect instant access to their own or public data managed by public administrations at various governmental levels. To reduce the costs of interoperability and to improve information intensive processes for public administrations, the ‘once only’ principle is crucial. This presentation reports on the development of the ‘Open Standards for Linked Organisations (OSLO) programme’. In future, governments need to be connected and networked with each other and with private actors. However, the public sector is slow in implementing digital end-to-end services, let alone in achieving cross-border interoperability. In order to achieve these goals governmental silos will have to dissolve. The development of Linked Base Registries is seen as part of the solution to overcome this hurdle. Today the Flemish Information Agency distributes a number of ‘authentic data sources’. These products are well established, have good quality and are widely used. These data sources however have been developed as independent silos. The need for more interoperable data and harmonisation with INSPIRE data specifications are two of the main reasons to start the programme. In Europe, several frameworks emerge as tools for interoperability in the deployment of e-government services. Methodologies for linking government data are not new: many guidelines considering applications, methodology, coverage and quality exist. In particular the Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations (ISA) Programme, now in its second chapter, promotes semantic interoperability among the European Union Member States. OSLO maximally aligns to existing vocabularies. OSLO relied on the W3C Location Vocabulary which adopted the ISA Core Location Vocabulary. This Vocabulary provides a minimum set of classes and properties for describing any place in terms of its name, address or geometry. The vocabulary is specifically designed to aid the publication of data that is interoperable with EU INSPIRE Directive. The address and buildings models are aligned with INSPIRE Address and INSPIRE Building specifications. We use the Core Registered Organization Vocabulary for businesses and will use the Core Public Organisation Vocabulary for public organisations . For contact information we relied on the vCard Ontology. The domain of public services aligns with the ISA Core Public Service vocabulary. This programme of the Flemish Government focuses on the semantic level and will extend the ISA CORE Vocabularies and INSPIRE data specifications in order to facilitate the integration of base registries with one another and their implementation in business processes of both the public and private sector.


Topic Area:  [2.9] Challenges and approaches to standardization of data and interoperability of systems.
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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