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EU paves the way for harmonised data exchange in Europe

18.06.2008
The European Commission has launched a new eGovernment service: The Semantic Interoperability Centre Europe, SEMIC.EU, facilitates seamless and coherent data exchange and fosters digital collaboration across national and language borders. Information on the project which was implemented by ]init[in cooperation with Fraunhofer ISST, GEFEG GmbH and France Telecom is now available at www.semic.eu.

SEMIC.EU offers a platform for European cooperation. The Centre enables users to exchange solutions for pan-European data interchange in eGovernment. This way, the EU clears the way for harmonised data exchange in European administration and facilitates semantic interoperability - the assurance that the meaning of data is preserved and information is interpreted in the same way at all ends of the communication channels.

Moreover, SEMIC.EU offers its users help and support in the development and advancement of their solutions as well as coaching service. It also creates networks and expert communities for eGovernment projects.

"SEMIC.EU encourages users to exchange proven ideas and solutions which would otherwise have remained unnoticed outside their respective projects. In doing so, SEMIC.EU can help to save time and costs, to enhance the visibility of projects and to build future-proof solutions", says Aldo Laudi, project manager responsible for SEMIC.EU with the IDABC programme.

The German eGovernment specialist ]init[ AG implemented the portal in the framework of the IDABC programme (Interoperable Delivery of European eGovernment Services to public administrations, businesses and citizens) in cooperation with Fraunhofer ISST, GEFEG GmbH and France Telecom. The launch of www.semic.eu on 17th June 2008 represents an important milestone on the way towards semantic interoperability in Europe.

About ]init[ AG:
]init[ is a market leading provider of innovative solutions in eGovernment, eDemocracy and eBusiness. With a staff of 196, ]init[ develops and implements web based communication and IT products for politics, associations, foundations and corporations.

The portfolio of services comprises IT consultancy and technical implementation as well as highly available operation and hosting in a high security data processing centre. The company was founded in 1995 by Dirk Stocksmeier who is currently chairman of the supervisory board. More information is available at www.init.de.

Contact:
Katharina Pihls
]init[ AG für Digitale Kommunikation
Rosenthaler Str. 13
D-10119 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 97006-269
Mail: presse@init.de
www.init.de
About Fraunhofer Institute for Software and System Engineering ISST:
Fraunhofer ISST is an institut of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft which undertakes applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprise and of wide benefit to society.

Fraunhofer ISST consists of two branches, one in Berlin and one in Dortmund. It was established in 1992. Since then it enforces the research in informatics within the Fraunhofer unit for information and communications technology (ICT).

Contact:
Lutz Nentwig
Fraunhofer-Institut für Software- und Systemtechnik ISST
Mollstr. 1
D-10178 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 / 2 43 06-374
Mail: lutz.nentwig@isst.fraunhofer.de
www.isst.fraunhofer.de

Alexander Firyn | Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Further information:
http://www.isst.fraunhofer.de
http://www.semic.eu
http://www.init.de

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