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Raising Interoperability Among Base Registries: The Evolution of the Linked Base Registry for Addresses in Flanders

17 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2018 First Look: Accepted

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Raf Buyle

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - imec IDLab

Ziggy Vanlishou

Government of the Kingdom of Belgium - Informatie Vlaanderen

Serena Coetzee

University of Pretoria, Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, Centre for Geoinformation Science

Dieter De Paepe

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - imec IDLab

Mathias Van Compernolle

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - imec MICT

Geert Thijs

Government of the Kingdom of Belgium - Informatie Vlaanderen

Bert Van Nuffele

Tenforce

Laurens De Vocht

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - imec IDLab

Peter Mechant

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - imec MICT

Björn De Vidts

Government of the Kingdom of Belgium - Informatie Vlaanderen

Erik Mannensa

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - imec IDLab

Abstract

The transformation of society towards a digital economy and government austerity creates a new context leading to changing roles for both government and private sector. Boundaries between public and private services are blurring, enabling government and private sector to collaborate and share responsibilities. In Belgium, the regional Government of Flanders embedded the re-use of public sector information in its legislation and published a data portal containing well over 4000 Open Datasets. Due to a lack of interoperability, interconnecting and interpreting these sources of information remain challenges for public administrations, businesses and citizens. To dissolve the boundaries between the data silos, the Flemish government applied Linked Data design principles in an operational public sector context. This paper discusses the trends we have identified while ‘rewiring’ the Authentic Source for addresses to a Linked Base Registry. We observed the impact on multiple interoperability levels; namely on the legal, organisational, semantic and technical level. In conclusion Linked Data can increase semantic and technical interoperability and lead to a better adoption of government information in the public and private sector. We strongly believe that the insights from the past thirteen years in the region of Flanders could speed up processes in other countries that are facing the complexity of raising technical and semantic interoperability.

Keywords: Semantic Web, Ontology, e-government, Address Registry, Linked Open Data, Semantic Interoperability

Suggested Citation

Buyle, Raf and Vanlishou, Ziggy and Coetzee, Serena and Paepe, Dieter De and Compernolle, Mathias Van and Thijs, Geert and Nuffele, Bert Van and Vocht, Laurens De and Mechant, Peter and Vidts, Björn De and Mannensa, Erik, Raising Interoperability Among Base Registries: The Evolution of the Linked Base Registry for Addresses in Flanders (October 31, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3276197 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3276197

Raf Buyle (Contact Author)

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - imec IDLab

Jozef Plateaustraat 22
Ghent
Belgium

Ziggy Vanlishou

Government of the Kingdom of Belgium - Informatie Vlaanderen

Brussels
Belgium

Serena Coetzee

University of Pretoria, Department of Geography, Geoinformatics and Meteorology, Centre for Geoinformation Science

Pretoria, Gauteng
South Africa

Dieter De Paepe

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - imec IDLab

Jozef Plateaustraat 22
Ghent
Belgium

Mathias Van Compernolle

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - imec MICT

Ghent
Belgium

Geert Thijs

Government of the Kingdom of Belgium - Informatie Vlaanderen

Brussels
Belgium

Bert Van Nuffele

Tenforce

Leuven
Belgium

Laurens De Vocht

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - imec IDLab

Jozef Plateaustraat 22
Ghent
Belgium

Peter Mechant

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - imec MICT ( email )

Ghent
Belgium

Björn De Vidts

Government of the Kingdom of Belgium - Informatie Vlaanderen

Brussels
Belgium

Erik Mannensa

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent - imec IDLab

Jozef Plateaustraat 22
Ghent
Belgium

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