An electronic public procurement week in Oslo

Last week of June 2013, there was a full week of meetings in Oslo. The topic being Electronic Public Procurement. There was an OpenPEPPOL meeting collocated with the CEN BII3 second face to face meeting.

For those arriving on Monday 24th, there was a bright and sunny afternoon in Oslo. It was worth walking from the city center to Vigeland park and back to the Opera in the fiord.

Meetings started on Tuesday 25th, where there was an Architecture meeting for the CEN BII3 and another meeting for OpenPEPPOL to talk about the message level response.

The Architecture Team meeting main goal was to decide on the final list of deliverables to be included in this release of the workshop. Based on the input of the main stakeholders, Jostein Fromyr from Edisys drove the group through the following topics:

  • Ontology and Semantic annotation. Enric Staromiejski from Everis was not in Oslo but his input was discussed in order to see how to fit the oProcurement concept with the BII deliverables.
  • Didier Hardy from the Official Journal presented his goals for the e-Notification team, decoupling the messages sent from Contracting Authorities when tendering from what the Publication Office requires.
  • Raffaella Migliorini from Consip made presentation on the new regulation entering into force in the EU regarding digital signatures and elecronic seals, and provide ideas on how to accommodate different types of usage of these technologies in different EU Member States.
  • Finally, based on a paper from Georg Birgisson from Midran about the BII deliverables maintenance process, the issues about capturing comments, processing them and creating new deliverables for approval and publication was discussed.

The outcome of the Architecture meeting was the final list of deliverables for CEN BII3.

Following the BII3 meeting, Olav Kristiansen from DIFI led the Message Level Response OpenPEPPOL meeting. One of the main topics of this meeting was to define the alternatives for the usage of the message level response within the OpenPEPPOL Community. There was a discussion with different points of view, and finally, it was decided to use only negative Message Level Response with lookup in the SMP.

Another point was the need to add code values into international code lists, maintained by CEFACT, and the requirement to create and submit change requests to the UN/CEFACT Forum.

After the MLR meeting, there were some “tapas” served with a nice Catalan wine: Espelt from l’Empordà.

On Wednesday 26th, the CEN BII3 Open Plenary started:

  • Jan Maroe from Difi welcomed the participants and provided information about Oslo. He also explained the OpenPEPPOL project and its maturity in Norway where the electronic public procurement is taking up at a very high speed.
  • Following Jan, Jostein Fromyr from Edisys explained the business plan and the status of the grant agreement.
  • Martin Forsberg from SFTI started a discussion on how far to go into the definition of syntax guidelines to be used for user communities. After the discussion, it was concluded to create implementation guideline templates for high priority transactions.
  • After this discussion, there was a report from the Architecture team meeting made on Tuesday.
  • Finally, André Hoddevick presented the e-Sense project. e-Sense means Electronic Simple European Networked Services. It is a 3 year project for 27 M€ involving 22 national consortia that represent more than 100 active partners. The e-Sense project is the follow-up of PEPPOL, STORK, SPOCS, EPSOS and eCODEX Large Scale Pilot projects.

During the afternoon, the BII split in two sessions. Pre-award and Post-Award where the list of final deliverables was discussed in depth. Veit Jahns, the leader of the Catalogue team was present on both meetings presenting the deliverables for the catalogue team both in pre-award and in post-award.

After the meeting, DIFI arranged a boat trip around the Oslo fiord as the social event. It was the only time in the whole week with heavy rain, but the trip was nice anyway. It ended near the Opera and some walked up to the top, even with the rain.

Thursday 27th started with parallel sessions again. Kornelis Drijfhout from Tenderned was driving the pre-award and Martin Forsberg from SFTI the post-award. The goal was to approve the list of deliverables to created during the workshop and this goal was achieved in both cases.

After lunch, there was the closing plenary with reports from all team leaders and details on the work ahead and next events.

On Friday morning, Oriol Bausà from Invinet was working jointly with Are Berg and Siw Midtgård on the PEPPOL BIS for the Catalogue and the Order in Edisys premises. The work was to state the business rules and the code lists to allow for instance level validation of instances. Some issues where raised and other resolved during the fruitful morning.

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