About the Interoperability Barometer

The purpose of the Interoperability Barometer is to provide a generic view of the status of interoperability readiness at local and regional level. Addressing the perspective of interoperability governance, which is concerned with the political, legal and infrastructural conditions, relevant for developing and using interoperable systems that span both intra- and inter-organizational boundaries, the aim of the Interoperability Barometer is more specifically to improve the stakeholders’ (policy makers, academics, researchers) understanding on interoperability at regional level by capitalizing on important interoperability-related knowledge that touches mainly upon the policy, research and practice domains.

In this direction, it incorporates a comprehensive collection of metrics on interoperability-related factors. These metrics include qualities, such as the existence of a national interoperability strategy/framework as well as indications e.g. on the number of interoperability-related projects or cases with a good practice label implemented by a country, being thus both qualitative and quantitative, and are structured in six thematic areas, namely:

  1. Interoperability as a strategic goal
  2. National Interoperability Frameworks
  3. Interoperability Projects and Activities
  4. National Interoperability Practices
  5. e-Government Interoperability
  6. e-Business Interoperability

The scope of application of the Interoperability Barometer covers South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean, i.e. a region that is, at least partially, yet immature with regard to interoperability developments.

The information available may be used for the purposes of awareness raising on the countries’ interoperability status, carrying out comparative analyses, benchmarking and enabling best practices dissemination and reuse.