The White Paper on Architecture for Digitisation highlights coherency


Citizens and businesses should experience services that are efficient, coherent, transparent and targeted their needs. To achieve this, the Danish government, the municipalities and the regions have, as part of the common public sector Digital Strategy 2016-2020, put released a White Paper on a common public-sector digital architecture. The White Paper is an important framework for ICT development in the 33 initiatives of the Digital Strategy as it supports the sharing of information between different ICT solutions and systems.

The White Paper builds upon a vision for a common public architecture: to offer citizens and businesses a secure, efficient, effective and coherent service. In the White Paper this vision is supported by eight principles and 22 architectural rules. Based on the principles and rules in the White Paper, a common public sector architectural framework for secure sharing of data can be established.

The common public sector architectural framework builds on previous work, including the common public sector collaboration on architecture and standards of the previous years, the architecture of the Basic Data Programme, the common architecture for the health sector, the common architectural framework for local governments.

Interoperability is at the heart of the White Paper. The Danish approach builds on open international standards, supporting the Digital Single Market, common EU building blocks, and the European Interoperability Framework and Reference Architecture.

Ambitious goals for public sector digitisation

The Danish government, the municipalities and the regions have set ambitious goals for the digitisation of the public sector and an essential challenge has been how to create stronger coherence in public services. The common public architectural framework is governed by the newly established cross-governmental Steering Group for Data and Architecture headed by the Agency for Digitization.

“I’m very pleased with the way the public sector has worked together developing the White Paper. This demonstrates that when we join our know-how and experiences across disciplines and sectors – we are able to create a common ground for the development of digital coherence.” Lars Frelle-Petersen, Director-General, Agency for Digitisation.

In the coming years, a number of reference architectures, building blocks, standards, etc., will be added to the common architecture. The implementation is supported by a number of ongoing activities, key among them being counselling and reviews of different projects’ application of architecture.

Read The White Paper on a common public-sector digital architecture here