European Commission launches consultation into e-interoperability by Derek du Preez.
From the post:
The European Commission (EC) has launched a one month public consultation into the problem of incompatible vocabularies used by developers of public administration IT systems.
“Core vocabularies” are used to make sharing and reusing data easier, and the EC hopes that if they are defined properly, it will be able to quickly and effectively launch e-Government cross-border services.
The EC has divided the consultation into three separate core vocabularies; person, business and location.
Despite the minimal nature of the core vocabularies, I think the expectations for their use is set by the final paragraph of this report:
Once the public consultation is over, the working groups will seek endorsement from EU Member States. This means that the vocabularies will not become a legal obligation, but will give them further exposure for wider use.
If you have pointers to current incompatible vocabularies, I would appreciate a ping. Just so we can revisit those vocabularies in say five years to see the result of “exposure for wider use.”