| Brunel University | Dr
Materna | Sema Group
Project EuroView will bring standards-based directory services to the varied
world of European administration. Benefits already enjoyed by a growing
number of research institutes and universities will be made accessible
to government officials, customs officers, agriculture ministries, and
all the myriad intercommunicating parts of modern European administrations.
EuroView will build on the X.500-based directory technology developed
during the PARADISE project and proven in large-scale use as the DANTE
NameFLOW service. X.500 is a fully distributed system which allows all
participating organisations to have local control over the information
that they make available, while at the same time presenting a single, easy-to-use
service to users.
Starting with a survey of the particular needs and concerns of European
Administrations, EuroView will express these requirements in terms of the
X.500 standard. Data from sample user communities will be loaded, user
interfaces built or adapted, and demonstrations arranged.
By helping Administration to locate correspondents more easily, EuroView
will aid communication and thus improve the effectiveness of all Governmental
The EuroView User Group includes administrations from several sectors:
finance, agriculture, local government, and social affairs. This broad
base will ensure wide acceptability of the project results. EuroView will
be able to demonstrate both cross-sector and transnational communication.
Technologies and Approach
The internationally-accepted ISO/ITU X.500 directory system will be at
the core of EuroView. Technology will include X.500 DSA technology from
Dr Materna and Isode Limited, PC-Pages from Brunel University, and the
well-known Netscape and Explorer browsers for Internet users.
Benefits to the Citizen
EuroView will make communication with, between, and within administrations
easier and more efficient by providing a high-quality directory service.
Citizens will benefit from the efficiency gains, and also directly, through
easier communication with relevant administrations.
Benefits to Users
EuroView will allow users to build a unified view of directory information
that is currently spread across many different sources. By providing a
fully distributed system, EuroView will place the owners of directory information
in direct control of their data, thus ensuring timely processing of updates
and compliance with data protection legislation.
Benefits to EU Industry
The European IT industry will be strengthened in its ability to service
the needs of Administration. By planting the seed of a public directory
service, EuroView will lead the way towards easier communication for all,
with European companies being among the first to provide this new form
Contribution to EU Policies
Easier communication between member states will strengthen the internal
market. Easier communication between industry and administrations will
help SMEs find their way to new markets and opportunities. Easier communication
between peer administrations in member states will promote co-operation
and the flow of essential information in Europe.