ebXML Registry used for semantic interoperability of pan-European
Interoperability is a key factor for the implementation of pan-European
eGovernment services. The questions of seamless data exchange between
countries with different administrative, technical and linguistic background
require considerations and solutions for the technical, semantic, and
organisational dimensions of interoperability.
The IDABC programme (Interoperable Delivery of European eGovernment Services
to public Administrations, Businesses and Citizens) of the European
Commission addresses these challenges through coordinating common rules for
collaboration and related infrastructure projects. The SEMIC.EU project
belongs to the IDABC infrastructure measures. Its objective is to promote
the harmonisation of interoperability assets that are the basis for
cross-border eGovernment services. More precisely, SEMIC.EU is supposed to
promote the reuse of syntactic (e.g. XML schemas) and semantic assets (e.g.
ontologies) needed for semantic interoperability. Once online, SEMIC.EU will
provide these interoperability assets via a public web repository to
interested stakeholders in European public administrations.
The project also responds to the request to "share experiences and
solutions" that is postulated in the i2010 Initiative.
SEMIC.EU is designed to become the single point of reference for semantic
interoperability in pan-European eGovernment ventures. The initial version
of the new platform will be launched in May 2008 under this domain.
The metadata registry for the interoperability assets will be based on open
standards from the OASIS consortium (OASIS/ebXML Registry Information Model
and OASIS/ebXML Registry Services Specification)."