e-GIF

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e-GIF is the UK eGovernment Interoperability Framework.[1]

It is an ambitious exercise intended to resolve and prevent (or at least minimise) problems arising from incompatible content of different computer systems.

What are the aims of e-GIF?[edit]

  • to enable the seamless flow of information across government / Public Service Organisations
  • to set practical standards using stable well supported products
  • to provide support, guidance and toolkits to enable the standards to be met
  • to provide a long-term strategy that is able to accommodate and adapt.

Key e-GIF policies[edit]

  • alignment with the Internet: the universal adoption of common specifications used on the Internet and World Wide Web for all public sector information systems
  • adoption of XML as the primary standard for data integration and presentation tools for all public sector systems
  • adoption of the browser as the key interface; all public sector information systems are to be accessible through browser based technology; other interfaces are permitted but only in addition to browser based ones
  • the addition of metadata to government information resources
  • the development and adoption of the e-Government Metadata Standard (e-GMS) based on the international Dublin Core model
  • the development and maintenance of the Government Category List (GCL).
  • adherence to the e-GIF Technical Standards Catalogue
  • adherence to the e-GIF is mandated throughout the public sector.

Selection of e-GIF specifications has been driven by[edit]

  • interoperability - only specifications that are relevant to systems interconnectivity, data integration, e-services access and content management are specified
  • market support - the specifications selected are widely supported by the market, and are likely to reduce the cost and risk of government information systems
  • scalability - specifications selected have capacity to be scaled to satisfy changed demands made on the system, such as changes in data volumes, number of transactions or number of users
  • openness - the specifications are documented and available to the public at large.

Establishing competence and capability in e-GIF[edit]

  • The e-GIF Accreditation Authority accredits organisations for their capability and competence in delivering e-GIF compliant solutions. There is also a programme of individual certifications at Foundation and Expert levels aimed at developing and recognising e-GIF skills and experience, referenced against an e-GIF Competency Framework.
  • The e-GIF Compliance Assessment Service offers a self-assessment tool for e-GIF compliance in projects and programmes.

News sites which cover e-gif developments[edit]

  • The e-GIF Accreditation Authority
  • The e-GIF Compliance Assessment Service

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