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European Union Location Framework: lessons learned and follow-up

Maria Teresa Borzacchiello, Francesco Pignatelli, Ray Boguslawski, Giacomo Martirano and Carmelo Attardo

(Submission #366)


The objective of this presentation is to show the outcomes of the 2012-2016 European Union Location Framework (EULF) project, aiming to establish an EU-wide, cross-sectoral interoperability framework for the exchange, sharing and integration of location data within e-government processes and services, based on INSPIRE. The EULF is part of the EC Programme “Interoperability Solutions for Public Administrations” (ISA), and contributes to the European Interoperability Framework (EIF) and the Digital Single Market Strategy (DSM). The EULF consists of a package of recommendations, guidance, pilots and other collaborative action to facilitate the free flow of public sector location data and ensure its effective use in e-Government services. This framework is relevant to all sectors and across borders, using INSPIRE in new situations and delivering location interoperability alongside the other ISA actions. The EULF activities focus on five priority areas, agreed upon with Member States: policy and strategy alignment, e-Government integration, standardisation and interoperability, return on investment and effective governance and partnerships. The EULF vision is based on the premise that "more effective e-services, savings in time and money, and increased growth and employment will result from adopting a coherent European framework of guidance and actions to foster interoperable cross-sector and cross-border sharing and use of location information". The outcome of the work so far is a strategic vision based on extensive consultation, a blueprint of practical recommendations in the five priority areas, guidance on topics such as procurement, architectures and standards, an approach to policy alignment, and location data privacy, and a series of pilot developments in key sectors (transportation, marine and energy), which have already delivered some benefits in the test cases. Through the pilots, in particular, the EULF project has developed and evaluated key elements of the EULF concept, including an open and interoperable framework for public authorities to use in their procurement, guidance on location standards, and specifications and guidance to facilitate the integration of location data and use of INSPIRE in new thematic sectors, complementing existing INSPIRE technical guidance. The presentation will also outline the roadmap of the follow-up 2016-2020 Action on “European Location Interoperability Solutions for e-Government” (ELISE) funded by the ISA2 Programme (Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens).


Topic Area:  Integrating eGovernment with INSPIRE
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

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