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Subject: FW: Describing a Public Sector Service

Forwarded for information.  Does anyone see the need for us to be involved in this Working Group, if so is there a volunteer?


-----Original Message-----
From: Phil Archer [mailto:phila@w3.org] 
Sent: 01 November 2012 15:11
To: SEMIC Mailing List
Subject: Describing a Public Sector Service

I must begin by apologising for sending an e-mail to a Bcc list, especially one that includes people I know personally, but I don't know everyone and I certainly don't have permission to share e-mail addresses.

I want to draw your attention to new work about to get under way within the European Commission's ISA Programme to develop a core vocabulary for describing public sector services. The idea has been around for a while and there is some existing work to draw on, but the plan is to develop a conceptual model of what a service is, how it relates to people and organisations, events, legislation, guidelines etc.

A description of the work is published at [1] and you can get an idea of one strand of relevant thought from work under way within the UK government [2].

Does this touch on your current or near future work? Do you see a benefit in defining a core model for describing a service that can then be extended and specialised as necessary but within a framework that allows greater data interoperability?

In the very near future, we will gather the new working group and begin weekly conference calls. The ISA programme team, which includes staff from PricewaterhouseCoopers and myself from W3C, will provide the infrastructure, secretariat and editorship to support the working group. 
As a participant, we would ask you to join the weekly calls, share your use cases, requirements and expertise to help develop the vocabulary and, ideally, then pilot its implementation in your own work. The WG is due to complete its work in the first quarter of next year.

I would be very interested to know your level of interest in this work and of any relevant work you have already done that the working group should take note of.

We have scope for two further working groups and are currently finalising the choice of topic. Current options include modelling business branches, events/incidents, buildings and rooms, and payments. 
We're also considering developing application profiles for the data catalogue vocabulary (DCAT) and the business reporting language XBRL so if public sector services are not relevant, again, I'd be very interested to know if any of these ideas are relevant to you.

Thank you for your time


[1] https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/asset/core_public_service/description
[2] http://www.pauldcdavidson.com/pscm/index.php?Action=ShowView&Id=3


Phil Archer
W3C eGovernment

+44 (0)7887 767755

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