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STORK 2.0, the pan-European Project fostering citizens’ and business mobility in Europe through cross-border authentication and identification (eID) ended in September 2015. Check out the article and view the press release announcing its end at: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/news/end-stork-20-major-achievements-making-access-mobility-eu-smarter

STORK 2.0 facilitates the usage of eID across borders, allowing citizens to authenticate at foreign portals on behalf of themselves or on behalf of other natural or legal persons.

STORK 2.0 extends the STORK platform with:

  • Authentication on behalf of; allowing people to act in the name of other legal or natural persons, taking into account their powers of representation (mandates);
  • Powers (for digital signatures): designed to verify that signatories of documents have powers enough to present such documents on behalf of the person indicated in the document;
  • Domain-specific attributes including academic attributes allowing a great diversity of trusted attribute providers to supply attributes which describe certain aspects of the user and eHealth attributes from trusted national databases used to identify health care professional;
  • Digital signature support for signing especially (pdf) contracts and (xml) transactions;
  • Several commodities: Version control for automatic propagation of changes in the MS’s interoperability infrastructures, Document Transport Layer for exchange of signed documents across STORK 2.0 infrastructure, anonymity for anonymous participation support in cross-border services like eSurveys, data aggregation to be able to retrieve attributes from multiple attribute providers from same or different MS and support to multiple-valued attributes to manage attributes from different sources


STORK 2.0 also opens the STORK platform to the private sector, especially the banks, thus increasing the requirements for especially integrity, availability and traceability

Just like STORK, STORK 2.0 is user-centric, with the objective that the user is always aware of - and consents - when he/she is sending his personal data abroad. Privacy and confidentiality are considered as a key factor for success.

STORK 2.0 is an evolution of STORK, just like the eIDAS software as published at



Software packages have been produced by STORK 2.0. Their orientation is towards each group of stakeholders:

  • MiddleWare (MW) countries. The Virtual IDP (V-IDP) is responsible for the routing to other countries' modules within itself, for authentication (maybe through an identity provider), for data transformation, for control, and for bilateral trust management with other countries. This package located at the Technical University of Graz (Austria) as the file is too big for this site, is composed for the countries which want to connect to the STORK 2.0 platform using a the distributed approach.


Each package contains:

  • an overview for new ... (MS, SPs, APs)
  • the software itself
  • an installation manual
  • test tools
  • example software for integration
  • test credentials

On 9 October, the European Commission invited European business and civil society representatives for an exchange of information and views on Internet Governance issues, in preparation to the upcoming IGF meeting, that will take place in João Pessoa, Brazil, on 10-13 November 2015.


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High Performance Computing (HPC) is a strategic tool for science, industry, and society. Learn more about HPC and its concrete applications in this blog, co-signed by Roberto Viola, Director-General (DG Communications Networks, Content and Technologies) and Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General (DG Research and Innovation).


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France’s policies on open source and open data are helping to create a market for French ICT service providers, says Didier Tranchier, Professor of Innovation Management at Institut Mines-Telecom, a research institute.


Professor Tranchier, who coaches and invests in high tech companies, spoke at the Mindtrek OpenMind conference in Tampere (Finland) in September. “Open data, open content and open source have deep roots in France”, said Tranchier. “We started this in 1789.”


According to Tranchier, there is a direct link between the government’s policies and the rapid growth of open source firms. A 2013 report by Conseil National du Logiciel Libre, a trade group representing some three hundred ICT firms, puts the total revenue of its members at EUR 2.5 billion - or 6% of the total revenue of France’s software and ICT service firms. “That year, France’s open source sector already employed some 30,000 people and saw its revenue grow some 68%”, Tranchier quoted CNLL.


A prime example of an open source firm made possible by France’s favourable policies is Anevia, said Tranchier. The firm was founded by the original developers of the open source multidmedia player VLC. Anevia was listed on the Paris stock market in June 2014. Other examples include Linagora, Nuxeo and Talend.


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Across the EU, numerous initiatives such as the eGovernment Large Scale Pilots (LSPs) are creating cross-border and cross-domain digital solutions for Digital Public Services that will help make the Digital Single Market a reality. Once those initiatives come to an end, it needs to be ensured in the long-term that the solutions developed can be maintained and governed. The e-SENS project, the latest member of the LSPs family, has launched a discussion via LinkedIn which aims to gather your feedback on the long-term European IT governance model proposed by e-SENS.


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The new Digital4Science platform is open to everyone interested in research and innovation to discuss and share opinion on science in the digital age. We want to hear your voice on EU policies and programmes designed to support science in the digital age and to boost scientific discoveries.

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New technologies can help improve access to healthcare, however we must ensure no one is excluded, writes Martina Anderson. 


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A multitude of interoperability problems is threatening Hungary’s central government use of free and open source office applications. Many of the government’s software solutions fail to take open document standards into account, stretching the office project’s support resources. The team is also finding it difficult to sustain support from IT management.


“Users expect 100% interoperability with every proprietary document format”, said Gabor Kelemen, one of the IT staff members working for the Office of Public Administration and Justice, a government services department of the Office of the Prime Minister.


Last week, at the LibreOffice annual conference in Aarhus (Denmark), Kelemen spoke about the department’s implementation of the LibreOffice suite of office productivity tools. The project started in 2013, and will end in October this year.


Replacing proprietary office suites by implementing LibreOffice on some 18,000 workstations was never a priority, Kelemen said. The office suites were expected to “just work”, and so no support contract was deemed necessary. There was neither a thorough assessment of existing proprietary document templates and macros, nor a ‘serious effort’ to convince IT management.


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If you are interested in STORK 2.0 news on progress made, this section provides all relevant details. You may want to visit this section more often, as it is being updated regularly.

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