On 11 July 2017, the National Interoperability Framework Observatory of the European Commission issued the report ‘State of Play of Interoperability in Europe 2016’.
The document has been produced in cooperation with the ISA2 programme, that runs between 2016-2020 and aims to encourage modernization of public administrations by equipping them with open source and free eGovernment solutions.
The report gives background on the state of interoperability in European Member States and provides with the results of monitoring that NIFO was conducting in 2016, while also comparing the current situation with previous years. The Member States analysis is supplemented by the concrete examples of the implementation of eGovernment methodology in the EU, such as Croatian public register Metaregister or Estonian Administration System of the State information System (RIHA) ensuring public sector interoperability.
Besides individual country results, the report also highlights six technology trends, that are estimated to shape and influence the area of interoperability in Europe- open data and open technologies; cyber security; cloud computing; social media; mobile technologies; and big data and analytics, and describes their potential on specific good practices of Member States.
Based on the results of the report and identified lack of guidance on how to improve the governance of interoperability activities, the Commission has offered the New Interoperability Framework published in 2017. The document gives 47 recommendations on how to improve and facilitate the interoperability actions and is suitable also for the local authorities.