beta Discussing the Digital Government Declaration

[...] * Gradually develop EU level standards for data interchange, possibly including unique identifiers at EU levels for basic data, in line with the European Interoperability framework 2.0.
Special Character
Currently there is no LEGAL standard character set. Sure, there is Unicode, but it is too broad (including Asian characters, Klingon, emojis…). Also, you would have to PRINT every character that Unicode supports... A LEGAL standard for digital government would be comprised of every modern Latin character, including diacritics, plus maybe Greek and Cyrillic. My proposal may sound very basic, but unless it is fixed, there is a barrier to interoperability (e.g. for names and addresses).
Special Character, 20/06/2017 10:41
Boris Marinov
I agree that the definition of a binding character set for public administration IT interoperability in the EU is of dire need.
Boris Marinov, 20/06/2017 12:14
Bartłomiej Jesionkiewicz
Agreed, developing 'standards for data interchange' is a must, should seamless eGovernance in the EU ever become a reality. But standards for the 'EU level' only are useless: all public administration in the EU, i.e. the EU institutions, the member states on national level and down to the lowest local authorities must introduce the same standards which would allow uncorrupted data exchange. For that purpose, the following should be envisaged: legally binding standard for - character encoding (Unicode) - set of characters that fonts must support (all Latin diacritics Greek/Cyrillic).
Bartłomiej Jesionkiewicz, 20/06/2017 23:15
Van Hoegaerden
Standards ? ... at least common semantic as a start.
Van Hoegaerden, 21/06/2017 14:06
David Eaves
I would not start with common semantic (let's wait until there is real applied use of semantic data before we start doing that). Rather just focusing on simple straightforward issues, like how to manage first, last and middle names, addresses, identity cards, etc... would be a huge step forward (assuming it has not already been done)
David Eaves, 06/07/2017 00:36
Matti Lammi
Give preference to open standards, including for data interchange, as in line with the European Interoperability Framework. Open standards can only be called open if these allow implementations in Free/Open Source Software.
Matti Lammi, 14/07/2017 22:17