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The APIs4DGov project: Digital Government APIs, the road to value-added open API-driven services.

Blagoj Delipetrev, Anders Friis-Christensen, Andrea Perego, Monica Posada, Robin Smith and Lorenzino Vaccari

(Submission #118)


Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) facilitate a digital society and digital businesses by connecting people, businesses and things. They enable new digital products and business models and create new business channels. Public Administrations are in continuous need to adapt to the changing environment in order to improve government accountability, social inclusiveness and partnerships, and are seeking how to best use emerging technologies in this process, i.e., how to realise digital government. Digital government APIs support an open government environment and help creating new public services, new delivery models and new service delivery channels with the aim to better serve citizens and enable new business models.

Standard APIs support reusability and are an enabler of interoperability. Reusability in any form improves quality because it extends operational use, as well as saving money and time. This makes it a major contributor to the development of a digital single market in the EU. Some EU standards and specifications also exist in the domain-specific interoperability frameworks (DIFs) and should be applied more widely. For example, the INSPIRE Directive sets out interoperability standards for network services (APIs), and for many thematic themes such as addresses, cadastres and roads of relevance to many public administrations. These existing standards and specifications can and should be used more widely beyond the domain for which they were originally developed.

Within this context, with the purpose to gain further understanding of the current use of APIs in digital government and their added value for public services, the European Commission's DG CONNECT together with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) launched the APIs4DGov study. The main objectives of the study are:

In this presentation we will (i) share our research design and applied methodology, (ii) show preliminary results on the EU APIs governmental landscaping and (iii) highlight aspects of selected case studies.


Topic Area:  [3.2] Tools and technologies
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

Academic:   No
Data Provider:   Yes
Data User:   Yes
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   No
INSPIRE newbies:   No
Policy Officers:   No
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
Thematic specialists:   No

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