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Management and governance of data standards for eGovernment

Nikolaos Loutas, Vassilios Peristeras, Athanasios Karalopoulos, Brecht Wyns and Alexandru Droscariu

(Submission #381)


The ever-increasing volume of information exchanged within and between different organisations at both national and EU level requires setting up solutions that facilitate its automatic processing. Whilst technological developments offer various means to automate the exchange of information, technological developments alone cannot guarantee a greater interoperability between information systems. Thus, a fundamental aspect in the interoperability of public administrations is the need for common data standards (such as data models and reference data). In this vein, this presentation will discuss a mechanism to be put in place for the coordination of data standards governance and management at the EU level. It is based on a study commissioned under Action 2.1 of the ISA2 programme of the European Commission. The outputs of the study can be summarised as following:

1. A specification of the requirements for managing the lifecycle of data standards in the EU institutions;

2. A proposed governance structure for data standards, including principles and roles and responsibilities;

3. A proposal for tools and best practices for managing and consuming data standards. In particular, this report contains a useful tools chain for managing data standards. The study started with identifying the needs of stakeholders from European public administrations and EU institutions. Existing solutions for data standards management, governance, and tools have been analyses such as the Inter-institutional Metadata Maintenance Committee (IMMC) process, the INSPIRE maintenance and implementation group, Eurostat, the Dutch Knowledge and Exploitation Centre Official Government Publications, and the Local Government Inform in the UK. Based on the description of the existing governance models and the requirements, specifications for data standards governance are provided by enlisting a number of activities that are considered important based on the feedback received by various stakeholders. The study also defined the need and specification for data standards management. A number of design principles and process specifications were given. The study considered the standards and supporting tools by making a mapping between stakeholder requirements and the functionalities offered by these tools. Following is the proposed use of tools and recommendations for further analysis on the integration and the re-use of these tools. The study concluded by proposing a number of next steps for the implementation of data standards governance and management.


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

Additional fields

Comments:   data standard, data specification, interoperability, core vocabulary, governance, data management, interoperability

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