RDA EU call for action : European Data Economy must focus on interoperability

30 Janvier 2018

Publié le 30 janvier 2018, par Thérèse Hameau

Summary of recommendations and Calls for Action

Data localisation restrictions are a too narrow focus for building a Data Economy - instead, interoperability on all levels should be systematically promoted :

Legal interoperability : Removing legislative barriers for data movement and re-use, critical assessment of existing and planned regulation and abolishing it where needed. For example, the scope of the text and data mining (TDM) exception in the proposal for Digital Single Market (DSM) directive on copyright must be widened also to cover commercial use.

Organisational interoperability : Solutions must be developed in collaboration with all stakeholders. There are already good examples of the implementation of federated data infrastructures in Europe.

Semantic interoperability : Data must be made understandable for the end-user no matter who and where it is being re-used. Existing semantic tools such as vocabularies, ontologies and enterprise architecture models should be leveraged. RDA Recommendations and Outputs must be adopted and the uptake should be systematically integrated into developing data infrastructures.

Technical interoperability : Making the infrastructures compatible is an elementary building block for sustainable data flows, exchange and re-use between different IT systems and software applications. This must be systematically promoted in parallel and consistently with all other layers of interoperability.

All parallel initiatives under the Digital Single Market umbrella must be developed coherently. Otherwise new barriers for data re-use will be created, which will seriously damage the efforts to build a European Data Economy. Europe needs a coherent legislative framework that supports data re-use.