CLIPS: Cloud approach for Innovation in Public Services

Lanfranco Marasso
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica
Topics recommended for the 2016-2017 Work Programme: 

EC to support joint exploitation strategies/plans for open source software - Many European research and industrial organisations have demonstrated their ability to produce world-class open source software. Moreover, the open source “market” could represent one of the leverages to support cost reduction needed in Public Administration domain, while maintaining high level of quality in service delivery.

  • Open Data and Cloud: cloud computing could be seen as one of the enablers for open data management. In particular, thinking at a federated network of open data nodes be able to enable a distributed management. Service description, comparability, metrics, and validation of service levels - More research is required on high level languages to define SLAs and describe services to provide basis for evaluating cloud service equivalence. More research on tools and methods for monitoring applications in the cloud and conformance of services to SLAs are required, together with accounting and billing capabilities.
  • Open processes: instruments and approach supporting the collaboration of all the possible stakeholders in the definition, the approval and the monitoring of public administration process toward a more efficient and transparent management mechanism. In particular, the last three points should be driven following the open innovation approach supporting the shift towards a new paradigm in PA domain; Government as service (GasS).
Projects major results: 

The major result of the project will be the enablement of a new approach for cloud based Public Service provision, involving representation from a range of Community stakeholders (based around a PPPP – Public-Private-People-Partnership). This could be achieved through both technical and methodological solutions. The main sub-results are:

  1. The definition and use of a visual editor in order to provide an easy data mash-up capability to all the actors involved.
  2. The integration and use of a eID system, STORK in order to enable cross border capability.
  3. The definition and implementation of an Open Data nodes network be able to manage cites open data in a federated way.
  4. The analysis of privacy issues related to cross border aspects within countries involved in the project (Germany, Italy, Serbia, Spain, United Kingdom).

At the moment the overall CLIPS methodology has been defined together with a common understanding about actors, roles and main software components, moreover a first version of security architecture has been released.

Potential exploitation strategy: 

Following the end of the CLIPS project, revenue will be generated when both public and private organisations utilise the CLIPS platform to host applications/services:

  • Public Administrations (PAs) who move existing services to the cloud during the project will have a cost reduction in having their services implemented with the involvement of third parties.
  • SMEs internal/external to the project will generate revenue when they develop new services in response to public sector tender requirements to host on the CLIPS platform.
  • From Large Enterprise point of view, the aim is to consolidate a set of tools in order to provide to potential customers all over the Europe (mainly PAs and SMEs) a complete framework for service delivery, consolidating the role of cloud service provider.
  • The Consortium will generate revenue when SMEs external to the project pay a license fee to host applications they have developed in response to public sector requirements on the CLIPS platform. The CLIPS platform is attractive to SMEs as it provides access to open source data sets, the CLIPS user community and the CLIPS instruments.

The most important factor in ensuring this sustain the project outputs is the commitment of local authorities to make available in the CLIPS cloud their digital services and open data, and allow local authorities to use these services as a template for their own new services, and allow the use of open data by SMEs to create new services.

An update since the last Concertation meeting (March 2014): 

CLIPS has some contact points with CLOUT in terms of cloud architecture and instruments to be provided to users. Even if former pays attention more on cross border aspects while the latter on the integration between cloud, the project both are addressing Public Administration as main final user. Possible synergies are being identified. At the moment, project month six has just passed (so still at an initial stage). We are concentrating on the scenarios to be piloted within the projects together with architecture specifications be able to support those scenarios. With reference to the architecture we have been investigating on following technologies to be used/integrated: STORK as eID system, Talend as platform for services integration, CKAN as open data management system, OpenStack as cloud computing platform.