July 13, 2020

Powering public sector change through DIHs webinar

The ISA and CEF programmes have participated in "Powering public sector change through Digital Innovation Hubs" webinar hold by the European Commission on 3 July 2020. The purpose of this webinar was to explore a potential collaboration between DIHs and the European Commission to accelerate the digital transformation of the public sector across the EU.

The key question was based on how Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and the European Commission can join forces to drive digital transformation of the EU's public sector. Both the DIHs and the European Commission are committed to driving digital transformation in Europe. From SMEs to regional and national authorities, DIHs help organisations choose digital solutions with expert technical advice and 'test before invest' services so that governments and businesses can make the most of digital technology.

The webinar has explored how Digital Innovation Hubs, not-for-profit, one-stop-shops that support SMEs and public sector organisations in their digital transformation can work with open, reusable digital solutions provided free of charge by the European Commission in G2G, G2B and B2G situations. The following solutions were presented:

  • ContentBroker: developing smart applications and services to enable “right-time” data-driven decisions.
  • E-Translation: free, secure and reliable machine translation tool that enables the translation to the official languages of the UE and others extra, like Mandarin, over coming language barriers.
  • E-Signature: signing electronic documents securely and reliably.
  • CoreVocs: simplified and extensible data models of core vocabularies.
  • Testbed: create, group, edit and execute test cases providing interoperability andconformance test.
  • Joinup: a free space to collaborate and share solutions. One-stop-shop for eGovernance with more than 3,000 solutions and materials to reuse.
  • TESTA: pan-European, underlying secured communication infrastructure meant for sensitive information exchange between public authorities.

The webinar also has included inspirational stories of the use of these tools and two extensive questions and answers section which has helped to identify priorities for organising additional workshops during the last quarter of 2020.