Towards a Cloud of Public Services
The European Commission is piloting the potential of a Cloud of public services for the development and the delivery of more flexible public services. The “Towards a Cloud of Public Services” concept is based on public services’ availability as re-usable building blocks, grounded on interoperability and the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). CLIPS is one of the projects co-funded by this initiative. Discover in the brochure all of the projects that have been funded in this domain.
Major Cities of Europe (MCE) Group
Major Cities of Europe (MCE) is a non-profit and independent membership organisation of CIO’s, IT Managers and Heads of Departments of cities. It also includes Universities and other public and private organisations. The objective of MCE is to maximise the value realised from the use of communication technologies in the administration of public authorities at the local government level within Europe and the European sphere of influence. The objective is achieved by:
- Sharing of experiences and learning amongst members through an annual conference, workshops, webinars and social networks;
- Disseminating amongst members of innovative practices from around the world;
- Facilitating discussion and engagement amongst members;
- Supporting the involvement of members in transnational projects;
- Engaging the private sector to share their experiences in providing innovative technologies and solutions at the local government level.
e-SENS: Electronic Simple European Networked Services
e-SENS aims to facilitate the deployment of cross-border digital public services through generic and re-usable technical components, with a strong focus on e-ID, e-Documents, e-Delivery, Semantics and e-Signatures, aim to provide the foundation for a platform of “core services” for the e-Government cross-border digital infrastructure foreseen in the regulation for implementing the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). These solutions are implemented in pilots where actual transactions among public administrative bodies, or between them and European citizens and businesses, can take place.
ClouT: Cloud of Things for empowering the citizen clout in smart cities
ClouT is a joint European-Japanese ICT project. It leverages the Cloud Computing as an enabler to bridge the Internet of Things with Internet of People via Internet of Services, to establish an efficient communication and collaboration platform exploiting all possible information sources to make the cities smarter and to help them facing the emerging challenges such as efficient energy management, economic growth and development. The ClouT project is jointly funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013, n°608641) and by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology of Japan (NICT, n°167ア)
PICSE: Procurement Innovation for Cloud Services in Europe
PICSE is a project funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme aimed to facilitate and speed up the procurement of cloud services for public sector. At this purpose the project has released a web based application, the PICSE Wizard (wiz.picse.eu), that can support procurers and IT managers that wants to procure cloud via a public tender by providing useful guidelines and concrete tips. In addition, in March 2015 PICSE will deliver its Roadmap on Cloud Service Procurement for public research organisations. This roadmap assesses the situation, identifies issues, and makes recommendations regarding procurement of cloud services for Public Research Organisations, Cloud Service Providers and Policy Makers in Europe.
STORM CLOUDS: Surfing Towards the Opportunity of Real Migration to Cloud-based Public Services
STORM CLOUDS aims to explore how the needed shift by Public Authorities to cloud-based service provision should be addressed, mainly from the point of view of the end-users, and taking full advantage of edge ICT. The purpose is to define useful guidelines on how to address the process for Public Authorities and policy makers. These guidelines will be prepared based on experimentation in at least 4 European cities, creating a set of relevant use cases and best practices. By doing so, STORM CLOUDS will also deliver a consolidated cloud-based services portfolio validated by citizens and Public Authorities in different cities, which interoperable enough to be transferred and deployed in other European cities.
eEnviPer: Environmental Permits for the 21st Century
eEnviPer is an integrated web-based platform for the application, administration and consultation of environmental permits. By making the environmental permits process more transparent, accessible and efficient, eEnviPer helps to reduce the environmental impact of economic activities through the environmental permits process in a cost-effective manner.
InGeoCloudS: Inspired Geo-data Cloud Services
InGeoCloudS proposes a solution to the technical, human, financial challenges that data providers face with the rise of data both in quantity and in quality not always being accompanied by an equivalent increase in visibility, accessibility and sharing or better formal descriptions and standards. InGeoCloudS is an immediate and cost-efficient solution for self-service deployment of data and services on the Internet.
The FutureID project builds a comprehensive, flexible, privacy-aware and ubiquitously usable identity management infrastructure for Europe. It integrates existing eID technology, trust infrastructures, emerging federated identity management services, and modern credential technologies. It creates a user-centric system for the trustworthy and accountable management of identity claims.
CloudOpting is the single European marketplace that enables governments and businesses to consume and deliver digital public services in a seamless manner. At its core, CloudOpting is a managed platform that leverages innovation, economies of scale and competition, where well-informed customers can choose the best service for their needs.
SECURED: SECURity at the network EDge
The SECURED project proposes an innovative architecture to achieve protection from Internet threats by offloading execution of security applications into a programmable device at the edge of the network such as a home gateway or an enterprise router. The SECURED architecture creates a trusted and virtualized execution environment allowing different actors (e.g. single users, corporate ICT managers, network providers) to install on-demand and execute multiple security applications on the network edge device to protect the traffic of a specific user. This approach reduces the load onto the mobile devices, guaranteeing enforcement of user-specific and device-independent security policies, and uniform protection across different devices and networks. In summary, the project will empower mobile users with better Internet security and enable different business models for network service providers and security application developers.
SPECS: Secure Provisioning of Cloud Services based on SLA Management
SPECS project aims at developing and implementing an open source framework to offer Security-as-a-Service, by relying on the notion of security parameters specified in Service Level Agreements (SLA), and also providing the techniques to systematically manage their life-cycle. The SPECS framework will provide techniques and tools for: (a) enabling a user-centric negotiation of security parameters in Cloud SLA, along with a trade-off evaluation process among users and CSPs, in order to compose and use Cloud services fulfilling a minimum required security level (Quality of Security); (b) monitoring in real-time the fulfilment of SLAs agreed with one or more CSP & enabling notification of both users and CSPs when a SLAs not being fulfilled, e.g. due to a cyber-attack; (c) Enforcing agreed Cloud SLA in order to keep a sustained Quality of Security that fulfils the specified security parameters. SPECS’ enforcement framework will also “react and adapt” in real-time to fluctuations in the Quality of Security by advising/applying the correct countermeasures (e.g., triggering a two-factor authentication mechanism).