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Semantic Interoperability: The State of the Nation (Norway)

By murray - Posted on 03 April 2008

The term eGovernment refers to government’s use of information technology to exchange information and services with citizens, businesses, and other arms of government. This requires interoperability at the technical, semantic and organization level.

This track reports on the current status of semantic interoperability initiatives in Norway and Europe, and the various ways in which Topic Maps is being used as an enabling technology in order to achieve the goal of connecting and exchanging information based on its meaning.

The session on Norway includes lightning presentations on a number of projects, including

  • Altinn, a public reporting portal with the motto “Simplified Electronic Dialogue” whose goal is to simplify the reporting, exchange and publication of information between the Government and the citizenry.
  • (, an online gateway to the public sector in Norway that aims to help members of the public find public information and access public services more easily.
  • Los, a common classification system for information about public services, whose goal is to enable data to be shared between public sector institutions such as local municipalities.
  • (, the official web site for providing services and conveying information from the Government, Ministries and Prime Minister’s Office, and for conducting dialogue with the citizenry.
  •, the official web site of the Norwegian Parliament, which provides information about the Storting, its members, the administration and the Norwegian political system.
  • Minside, a user-friendly point of access to Norwegian officialdom which was awarded the European eGovernment Award in 2007.