European Commission Launch Public Consultation on Semantic Interoperability Vocabularies

The European Commission’s ISA programme, led by DERI’s former eGovernment Unit Leader Dr. Vassilios Peristeras, has defined a set of common Core Vocabularies , which will facilitate the provision of cross-border and cross-sector eGovernment services. These Core Vocabularies are simplified, reusable, and extensible data models that capture the fundamental characteristics of an entity in a context-neutral way. The current specification contains three core vocabularies describing business, location and person.

The vocabularies were elaborated in a three month period by a multi-disciplinary Working Group consisting of three Task Forces, one for each vocabulary, totalling 67 experts from 21 countries, (17 Member States, USA, South-Africa, Croatia and Hungary), and several EU Institutions. The editor of the vocabularies is Phil Archer (W3C/ERCIM).

The Core Vocabularies Working Group , has launched a public comment period for the Core Vocabularies until 16 March 2012. Comments can be posted in the  forum topic   and will be discussed by the Working Group in March 2012. This will lead to a final version of the specification that will be submitted to the European Commission for endorsement by the EU member states.

The Core Vocabularies are under consideration as recommended standard vocabularies for the  W3C Government Linked Data WG , which DERI actively participates in.