The SPOCS Interoperability Framework: Interoperability of eDocuments and eDelivery Systems taken as Example

  • Thomas Rössler
  • Arne Tauber


The European Services Directive demands interoperability between European eGovernment services and infrastructures in order to support European Service Providers as good as possible. This requirement leads to many challenges in various areas like electronic documents, electronic delivery, electronic identification etc.

This paper introduces an approach to these challenges: The EU Large Scale Pilot SPOCS. This large scale pilot aims to develop interoperability frameworks to link various existing eGovernment solutions of EU Member States resulting in a seamless landscape of eServices relating to the Services Directive.

Two important areas which are tackled by SPOCS are the interoperability of electronic documents and interoperability of electronic delivery systems. Both areas strongly relate to existing infrastructures of Member States and are involved in nearly every eGovernment procedure. This paper introduces SPOCS’ interoperability frameworks regarding electronic delivery and electronic documents as two examples representing the overall interoperability framework delivered by SPOCS mid of 2012.


Service Provider Competent Authority Service Directive Electronic Document eGovernment Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Rössler
    • 1
  • Arne Tauber
    • 2
  1. 1.E-Government Innovation Center (EGIZ)GrazAustria
  2. 2.E-Government Innovation Center (EGIZ)GrazAustria

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