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OpenPEPPOL to guarantee high level governance and long-term sustainability of the PEPPOL infrastructure

by Enrique Vich created on 05/03/2012 04:15

As part of a long term sustainability roadmap, the PEPPOL Governing Board recently agreed on establishing OpenPEPPOL as a non-profit international association. The OpenPEPPOL association is expected to ensure high level governance and continuation of the agreement infrastructure and promote wider use of PEPPOL based eProcurement solutions in Europe. The OpenPEPPOL association is drawn up as the user driven path towards PEPPOL sustainability, and are being supplemented by an EU supported path and a standardisation focused path.

OpenPEPPOL to guarantee high level governance and long-term sustainability of the PEPPOL infrastructure

Illustration: PEPPOL sustainability roadmap

 

 

With the official end of the PEPPOL project as a part of the Large Scale Pilots (LSPs) of the European Commission this year, a long term sustainability roadmap has been agreed within the PEPPOL consortium. The roadmap describes three main paths for sustainability of PEPPOL results:

1.    User driven path: OpenPEPPOL.

2.    EC supported path towards establishment of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF):

a.    ISA operations and governance of centralised software components/services (SML) for PEPPOL transport infrastructure (eDelivery).

b.    New CIP ICTPSP Pilot A project ”Basic Cross Sector Services” (BCSS)  (CIP ICTPSP Work Programme 2012, topic 4.1).

3.    Standardisation path; continued efforts for standardisation of business processes and semantics and eDelivery through CEN WS BII, OASIS TC BDX and other relevant standardisation bodies/initiatives. 


 

The foreseen mission statement for OpenPEPPOL is to increase eProcurement interoperability in Europe by providing high level governance and support for the expanding use and the long term maintenance and evolution of PEPPOL specifications, building blocks and related legal agreements.

 

In more detail, one of the main purposes for the OpenPEPPOL association, as it is currently being discussed within the PEPPOL consortium, is to ensure the long term sustainability of the PEPPOL infrastructure networks and user communities by providing the authoritative framework of governance that supports the application and use of legal agreements that underpin operations and transactions within the networks of interoperable, PEPPOL-compliant infrastructure and the organisations that use it within the PEPPOL communities.

 

It is planned that the OpenPEPPOL association will be established as a non-profit international association under Belgium law (Association Internationale Sans But Lucratif – AISBL).

 

Operations of centralised PEPPOL software components/services are part of the 2012 Work Programme for ISA (the Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations programme, http://ec.europa.eu/isa/). The process for transfer of ownership and scope for ISA responsibilities is currently being discussed as part of the EC supported path for PEPPOL sustainability. Continued development of PEPPOL building blocks is part of the scope for the CIP ICTPSP 2012 Work Programme Pilot A ”Basic Cross Sector Services” Call. This means that the interface and the division of responsibilities between the user driven sustainability path, the EC supported path and the standardisation focused path is currently being shaped.

 

A prolongation of the PEPPOL project until 31 August 2012 has been agreed within the PEPPOL consortium, and is currently pending EC approval. The OpenPEPPOL association is expected to become operational before end of the PEPPOL project period. The same goes for ISA operations of PEPPOL components. The new Pilot A project resulting from the CIP ICTPSP 2012 Work Programme Pilot A ”Basic Cross Sector Services” Call, is expected to start late 2012 or early 2013.

 

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