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Member States to make eGovernment services fully interoperable

Indicator Status Evidence
Does the Member State have a National Interoperability Framework? Yes The UK eGovernment interoperability framework was published in September 2005. The Government ICT Strategy (published March 2011) sets outs the intention to achieve "interoperability enabled by open standards". The adoption and use of common standards can make ICT solutions fully interoperable to allow for reuse, sharing and scalability across organisational boundaries into local delivery chains and, by aligning frameworks and strategies with those commonly agreed at a European level, improve the way Member States work across borders. This work is being implemented through a number of programmes within the ICT Strategy and Strategic Implementation plan, notably the creation of a reference architecture, publication of information principles and a suite of technical standards. Work is ongoing on the Open Standards consultation. Further details can be found at:
Have public administrations aligned their national interoperability frameworks with the European Interoperability Framework? Yes Implementation of components of the ICT Strategy is being done with both national and where applicable European/international interoperability in mind. For example, the HM Government Open Standards Consultation pages ( ) note that "The Government is continuing to work with the European Union to ensure that its IT meets legal obligations and, where applicable, aligns with frameworks and strategies agreed at a European level, such as the European Interoperability Strategy and European Interoperability Framework, which improve the way Member States work across borders".
Does the NIF take into account the European dimension of public service delivery? Yes See the above that also includes service delivery provisions.
Is IPv6 supported? Yes JANET, the UK's education and research network, introduced IPv6 unicast support into its service level agreement in 2008. Several major UK universities (e.g., Cambridge) upgraded their campus routing infrastructure to provide IPv6 unicast support to their users. Andrews & Arnold launched a native (non-tunneled) IPv6 service in October 2005 and offer IPv6 by default.The UK Government started to replace much of its Government Secure Intranet (a Wide Area Network) with a new Public Services Network (PSN) based on IPv6 in late 2009.

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