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John borras director technology policy

Interoperability Standards for e-Government in UK

John Borras

Director Technology Policy

Our e gov vision 04 2000
Our e-Gov vision (04/2000)

  • We are in the middle of an Information revolution which is changing the way we work and live

  • The UK to be at the forefront of the new global knowledge economy – this is vital for our future prosperity

  • We must ensure that everyone in our society benefits from the new technology and economy

  • But we need to change the way we think and operate

E government leadership

Prime Minister

e-Minister in Cabinet

Patricia Hewitt

e-Government Minister Douglas Alexander

e-Envoy Andrew Pinder

Supported by the e-Champions Network across government

e- Government Leadership

The Target

  • Deliver all government services online by 2005 with key servicesachieving high levels of use

    • Over 66% of our services are now on line

    • So what’s the problem?

We still have some major challenges
We still have some major challenges

  • Risk of non delivery

  • Risk of non use

  • Risk of excessive cost

  • Identity and Authentication

  • Data Sharing

E government service delivery infrastructure
e-Government service delivery infrastructure


Multiple Access Channels



Call Centre


Local Authorities

Departmental Systems

Other Public sector Systems

Citizen &Businesses

Standards (e-GIF)

Secure and trusted environment


Government portal


Private Sector Portals

Local Authority Portals



Government Gateway


Government Systems

Standards why e gif
Standards - Why e-GIF?

Joined-up Government needs Joined-up Information Systems

  • e-GIF sets out the government’s policy and standards for interoperability across the public sector

  • Focuses on 5 aspects:

    • Interconnectivity

    • Data integration

    • Access

    • Content management

    • Business Domains

E gif headline decisions
e-GIF – Headline Decisions

  • Adopts Internet and World Wide Web Standards for all public sector systems

  • Adopts XML as the key standard for data interchange

  • Makes the Browser the key interface for access and manipulation of all information

  • Assign Metadata to government information

  • Adopts open, international standards that are well supported by the market

  • Internet based Implementation Strategy through UK GovTalk website

E gif interconnectivity
e-GIF - Interconnectivity

  • Specifications for systems interconnection

    • HTTP, E-mail, Directory, Domain Naming, File Transfer, LAN/WAN, Security

  • Policy for migrating to IPv6

  • Policy on future use of Web Based Services


E gif data integration
e-GIF - Data Integration

  • Specifications for data integration

    • XML compliance with W3C Recommendations

    • XML, XML Schemas, XSL, UML, UTF-8, XML Signatures

  • Data Standards

  • Policy for future use of Xforms for forms based e-services

Adopting xml schemas for e service delivery
Adopting XML Schemas for e-Service delivery

Two alternatives:

  • Use international schemas, eg ebXML, XBRL, where appropriate.

    • Those adopted are listed in e-GIF

  • Write own schemas for specific government services, eg tax return filing, passport applications

    • Using data standard fragments

    • Those we’ve written are available on GovTalk

E gif content management
e-GIF - Content Management

  • Specifications for content management

    • e-GMS, GCL, Data Standards, XML Schemas

  • e-GMS based on Dublin Core with additional elements to support government information

    • Records management

    • Data Protection Act requirements

    • Freedom of Information requirements

    • e-Services

E gif information access
e-GIF - Information Access

  • Specifications for information access

    • HTML, document types, presentation types, spreadsheet types, UNICODE, Graphics, Scripting, Audio, Animation,

  • Specs vary for each channel device

    • DTV, PCs, Mobiles, PDAs

  • Specifications for smart cards

E gif business domains
e-GIF - Business Domains

  • Specifications for business domains of government

    • finance, procurement, HR, voting, legal, learning,

  • Specs are at various stages of maturity

    • e-GIF adoption indicated under “Status” heading in table 10

  • OeE running ad-hoc working groups to study maturity, market take-up, international adoption, etc

e-GIF - Implementation

  • e-GIF is mandated for all UK Public Sector Systems

  • e-GIF Compliance Assessment Service

    • Operated by NCC on behalf of OeE

  • e-GIF Skills Accreditation

    • NCC setting up new Accreditation Authority

Uk govtalk provides
UK GovTalk Provides

  • Interoperability and Metadata Standards

  • XML Schemas

  • Government Data Standards

  • Government Category List

  • e-Service Development Framework

  • Change Control Procedures

  • Discussion Forum

  • RFC and RFP on a global business

  • Other ICT frameworks

e-GIF Governance




(Industry &



Programme Board


Working Group
















E gif the international dimension
e-GIF – the International Dimension

  • European e-GIF

    • Project underway to support pan-European services

    • OeE representing UK

    • Using UK e-GIF as basis

  • OeE working with major standards bodies, eg BSI, OASIS, W3C

    • chair OASIS e-Government Technical Committee

    • chair OASIS Election & Voter Services Technical Committee

Oasis e government technical committee

OASIS e-GovernmentTechnical Committee

Overview & Progress

Committee membership
Committee Membership

  • Approx 150 to date

  • Many Governments and their agencies

    • UK, USA, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Australia, New Zealand

  • ICT suppliers – small and large

  • Members of other OASIS TCs and other Standards Bodies

  • Individuals


  • Recommended standards for delivery of e-Government Services

    • Either existing standards, or enhancements of existing ones, or new ones,

  • Best Practice, Case Studies

  • Pilots

  • Specifications for support tools

E government benefits of using open standards
e-Government : benefits of using Open Standards

  • More choice of products and suppliers

  • Less dependency on a single supplier

  • Avoid proprietary lock-in

  • Stability or reduction in costs

  • Accommodate future changes more easily

E government tc who will benefit
e-Government TC : Who will benefit?

  • Governments planning to deliver electronic services using Internet technology.

  • Governments planning to develop inter-agency and/or inter-government transactions.

  • Governments seeking to ensure the interoperability of current and future computer systems.

  • Governments ensuring the standards are not just developed for the benefit of the private sector.

  • ICT suppliers to government should be able to contain their development costs because of standardization.

  • Citizens and businesses will benefit from a more coherent delivery of government services both within and across national boundaries.

Asia pacific branch
Asia/Pacific Branch

  • Workshop yesterday to organise TC sub-committee for Asia/Pacific

  • Ensure participation from this region

  • Share your best practice

  • Address your priorities

  • Please join!

Uk e gov next steps
UK e-Gov - Next Steps

  • Develop Enterprise Architecture for whole of government

  • Set standards for Back Office systems and infrastructure

  • Ensure interoperability between back and front office

  • Define future data architecture for government

  • Develop shared service centres and self service facilities


  • UK’s e-government strategy is about harnessing the information revolution to improve the lives of our citizens and the performance of UK’s economy

  • Delivering e-government, building the knowledge economy and delivering pervasive access is going to require pervasive technologies – that’s the Internet and XML

  • The delivery requires the involvement of, acceptance by and partnership with the public and private sectors, in the development and implementation of the e-GIF

Thank you

Thank You

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