One of the main purposes of e-SENS is to consolidate and improve on the achievements of the previous LSPs (STORK, PEPPOL, e-CODEX, SPOCS, epSOS) by industrialising the technical solutions and extending their potential to new domains.
In order to provide consolidated and re-usable building blocks for long-term sustainable solutions, e-SENS is assessing its ICT Interoperability Building Blocks (BB). The assessment framework for sustainability maturity builds upon existing work carried out under the European Interoperability Framework and re-uses the Common Assessment Method For Standards And Formal Specifications (CAMSS) methodology and the Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS).
The general idea of the BB maturity assessment can be explained briefly and comprehensively via answers to the following questions:
Why do we perform the BB maturity assessment?
To make sure that the e-SENS building blocks are:
- mature in terms of long-term sustainability
- aligned with EU and national policies
- linked to potential market use
- responsive to business needs
How do we conduct the assessment?
- using a well-known assessment framework based on CAMSS and ADMS
- performing the assessment within the e-SENS project, referring to experts’ knowledge and professional experience with the building blocks
- analysing stakeholders’ opinions on potential market uses and business needs (questionnaires and events for stakeholders)
What are the criteria considered for the assessment?
- standardisation criteria (including intellectual property rights)
- alignment with the existing policy framework
- business support
What are the results achieved so far?
- 22 building blocks assessed in two cycles
- 11 are mature enough to be used outside the e-SENS project
- 3 have been identified as specifications on the EU Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT Standardisation (MSP)
The maturity assessment process is ongoing throughout the project’s lifetime, and a non-exhaustive subset of building blocks has already been covered. So far, eleven building blocks have been assessed as being sufficiently mature that further promotion and adoption in the next project phase are feasible and advisable. For the remaining building blocks, e-SENS is working towards improving their sustainability maturity through further consolidation and piloting, taking into account recommendations from the two assessment cycles. The third (and final) cycle of assessment is planned to be carried out at the beginning of 2016.