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STORK 2.0
Issue No: 5 | January, 2014

Editorial

Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Upcoming Events
Publications
 
The STORK 2.0 Newsletter thanks all those who contributed to this issue and welcomes comments and contributions at: info@eid-stork2.eu
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Dear reader,

We welcome a bright New Year and we send you our warmest greetings and best wishes. May this year bring you health, joy and prosperity!

Looking back to 2013, a lot of work has been delivered, progress has been made and new goals have been set for the next period.

In this issue, we focus on the latest outputs of the project and the progress of the pilots - eLearning and Academic Qualifications, eBanking, Public Services for Business and eHealth - as STORK 2.0 consortium is looking forward to their launch scheduled for April 2014. Significant efforts are being made at all the levels of the project for a successful mise-en-scene, while promotional material for pilots is already created and presented in the current issue.

Stakeholders’ engagement was one of the focus areas for the dissemination team. Last November was especially active and productive in this field considering the meetings held in Vilnius - ICT 2013 and the High Level Conference on eGovernment issues -, where a large number of European stakeholders and MS representatives showed great interest in the project.

STORK 2.0 social media are very active and your participation is most appreciated! Like us, follow us, tweet us, make your comments and give us your feedback! Of course, stay always abreast of the project news by visiting our website!

For any comments or suggestions you might have, please contact us at: communication@eid-stork2.eu.
Enjoy the reading!

The STORK 2.0 Dissemination and Communication Team
Project News

Legal and trust analysis

In the last months of 2013, the legal team has been working hard on the draft STORK 2.0 Memorandum of Understanding, which outlines the key obligations that the various participants in the STORK 2.0 infrastructure aim to respect towards each other. Once adopted (scheduled for February 2014) this document will mark an important new step in the growth and maturation of STORK: it will define the basic trust requirements for the STORK members, and thus will provide another key pillar for ensuring that STORK 2.0 is sufficiently reliable for real-life use cases. The Memorandum is also important from the perspective of sustainability, since it defines the various legal needs that need to remain formalized, even after the conclusion of STORK 2.0.

Common specifications and building blocks

The first release of the common software by the start of October included the logic of the first business process: Authentication on behalf of, including the collection of business attributes. This was meant to allow all Member States to integrate their business and mandate registers and attribute providers. A nearly complete second release, released in early January, includes all core software, like all business processes: Authentication on behalf of, Powers (for signature validation), Business Attributes and Powers Validation, but also additional functions, like signature creation and validation, version control and anonymity. For the time left until going live by end March, completion of this common software is foreseen.

eID as a service offering

Two grounds of interest have been covered, which are currently in the final review process. First, the team has gone through an in-depth analysis of the findings from the Service Provider interviews and has sketched out possible organisational options based on the requirements of service providers. A summary of the current situation and further plans have been delivered in terms of development of the national eID systems as reported by the Member States. Both fields of work lay grounds for sustainability considerations.
During these last months, work was also focused on standardization with the preparation of an early draft intended to create a "manifesto" to share with interested parties for further discussion. This could be seen as a position statement drawn from initial conclusions and findings to generate engagement and feed into the first iteration of the deliverable.

Marketing, communication & dissemination

The last trimester of 2013 was a prolific period for marketing and dissemination as our focus was put on raising visibility of the project, participating in major events like ICT2013, November 6th-8th, in Vilnius; organizing meetings with Member States representatives like the special seminar organized with the occasion of the High Level Conference on e-Government on 15 November also in Vilnius; as well as creating complementary promotional materials.
Partners eagerly represented the project in several exhibitions.
Besides this activity to ensure stakeholder engagement, STORK 2.0 partners have also actively begun promoting end-user awareness about the services to be released in the April 2014 pilots Go-Live, and engaging real end-users for focus-group testing and evaluation. STORK 2.0 was presented at national conferences and workshops in several countries (see more in the section STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene).
Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Upcoming Events
Publications
 
   
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?

eLearning and academic qualifications

Besides going ahead with the technical design and implementation of the services planned and their integration with attribute providers, partners in the pilot have been involved in different initiatives with the aim of widening the universe of potential users and solving problems arisen by regulatory constraints. In the former aspect, the development of teaching materials on electronic identities, to be used in the "Advanced cross-border eLearning environments" use case, and contacts with the academic federation of GÉANT must be emphasized. Regarding the latter, relationship with Turkish partners has been clarified and will be materialized in bilateral agreements with PEPS' operators in other participant Member States.

eBanking

The eBanking pilot team has focused on delivering the Go Live Planning and the work is now progressing to eBanking Running Phase Planning. Mr. Antonis Stasis from the Hellenic Ministry of Administration Reform and E-Governance announced on 23rd December 2013 that the National Bank of Greece, a commercial bank, had joined the eBanking pilot as a Service Provider. The Ministry is also involved in similar discussions with three more Greek banks, interested in joining the pilot. Similarly, partners who are supporting banks to interface to the STORK 2.0 infrastructure reported progress with their partner banks on the technical implementation in Austria, Slovenia and Iceland.

Public services for business

In the Public Services for Business "eGov4Business" Pilot, partners have begun adapting their eGovernment service portals to integrate with the STORK 2.0 platform for cross-border authentication of end-users identity and validation of their powers to represent companies in online public services. In Belgium and Austria this has required interaction with government security and data protection agencies in order to establish the legal basis for cross-border recognition of authentication tokens and other personal and business representation data provided by foreign administrations. In Austria, as in Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania and Portugal, the STORK 2.0 infrastructure is being integrated in a national Public Administration Service Network so that in the future a wide range of services will potentially have access to STORK 2.0 services. Analogously, the Netherlands and Italy are integrating eGovernment portals which give access to tens and hundreds of different services, which in the future may become "STORK-enabled".

eHealth

The eHealth pilot team has focused on the Go-Live planning which includes detailed provisions for the integration of the pilot services with the common STORK 2.0 infrastructure and the different phases of testing at pilot level prior to deployment in production level.
Furthermore, the focus of collaboration in this period has been on operational implementation phase details required for the launch of the three use cases (Access of patients to electronic health records, Delegation of this access to mandates and Provision of attributes to healthcare providers).
Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Upcoming Events
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STORK 2.0 in the News

STORK 2.0 partner, Frank Leyman: "There is an urgent need to interconnect our eID systems."

"Our e-government vision goes beyond online interaction," declares Mr. Frank Leyman, STORK 2.0 partner from Fedict. He gives an overview of the eID landscape in Belgium to the eGov Präsenz magazine from Bern University of Applied Sciences. Original interview

The revolution in electronisation called eIDAS: What will be changed

An article by the Czech eID and security analyst Mr. Jiří Peterka published in one of the leading and most visited IT news portal in the Czech Republic on 7/10/13 drills down into the impact of the pending eIDAS regulation, and mentions STORK as the overlay trust service enabling cross-border eID interoperability. Original article (in Czech)

Non-government eID tools could have a chance next to the official eID cards

Detailed analytical article, written by Jiří Průša, from CZ.NIC, STORK 2.0 partner, is focusing on the upcoming eIDAS legislation and analyses the possibility (and a chance) to use non-government eID for electronic identification when accessing e-Government services. A separate part is devoted to STORK project as a practical tool that provides an answer on questions how to ensure cross-border electronic identification and eIDAS implementation. In this context, the QAA principle is also briefly explained. Original article (in Czech)

Digital single market and the cross-border eGovernment

An article of Jiří Průša, from CZ.NIC STORK 2.0 partner, focuses on Digital Single Market as a one of the top EU priorities in the field of eGovernment. The article mentions STORK project as a one of LSPs in the field of eID and e-Signature. Related to this, the article mentions tangible benefits and end-users cases connected to electronic identification. Original article (in Czech)

Large success for "Handy-Signatur" eID service in Austria!

In December 2013 the Austrian mobile eID "Handy-Signatur" reached 250.000 active users. Citizens meanwhile show a clear preference for mobile eID over smartcards: Its activation rates are more than ten times higher. This is a remarkable success of STORK, as the system has been introduced through STORK. It was piloted end of 2009 and set in full production by Austria in 2010. Reaching ¼ million users in such a short period shows that citizens welcome this means of national eID and qualified electronic signatures using their mobile phone. Find out more about "Handy-Signatur" here.

Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Upcoming Events
Publications
 
   
eID Related News

When eHealth works...

The Luxembourg national Project of Information Sharing in the eHealth domain finally reached its maturity. The technical platform is now operational, the industry has started to launch their first software tools and the eHealth Agency rushes to put the Electronic Health Records in operation. It is expected that the know-how acquired by the stakeholders rapidly spreads all over Europe. Original article (in French)

Open and connected learning: how to improve and expand education through technology

While the digital revolution has led to an increase in educational resources via the Internet, European education systems are still unable to integrate ICT in their mainstream practices. A Commission initiative titled 'Opening up Education' aims at enhancing education and skills development through new technologies. Original article

Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Upcoming Events
Publications
 
   
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene

"Digital trust-Europe and us" conference

1st October 2013, Prague, Czech Republic

The conference was organized by the CNZ association, which declares among its goals also participation on legislation development. During the opening session on eIDAS, the Czech Digital Champion Mr. Ondrej Felix highlighted STORK 2.0 as an execution mechanism and a Large Scale Pilot Project of the cross-border eID interoperability. More (in Czech)

e-Förvaltningsdagarna (e-Government conference)

9th-10th October 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

Mr. Arvid Welin, STORK 2.0 Dissemination Leader, presented STORK 2.0 project focusing on how STORK 2.0 will affect who works in a municipality or an authority. More

Information security solutions Europe 2013

23rd October 2013, Brussels, Belgium

Mr. Alberto Crespo, from Atos Spain, and Mr. Herbert Leitold, from ARGE-AT, were in charge of two seminars on STORK 2.0: "Integrating STORK building block for smarter eID access" and "Breaking new ground in STORK 2.0 - mandates and business services", respectively. Learn more about this event with the programme and the speakers.

EU single market day

23rd October 2013, Prague, Czech Republic

The workshop was organized by CZ.NIC and Eurocenter Prague (representation of EC in Prague). The main goal of the stakeholder’s event was to introduce and discuss selected aspects of information technologies within the EU Single Market, examining draft legislation as well as Large Scale Pilot projects (LSPs). Mr. Zdeněk Jiříček (MVCR) gave an introductory STORK 2.0 presentation and highlighted some Czech specifics related with the project. Mr. Jiří Průša (CZ.NIC) provided two presentations - one on upcoming eIDAS Regulation and eID aspects in Europe, including the role of STORK 2.0 (especially QAA), and the other one on the role of CZ.NIC Association and its single-sign-on service called "MojeID" in the project. In total, more than 30 stakeholders (governments, IT industry, academia as well as some potential end-users) took part in this event.

Innovation Turkey expo 2013

24th-27th October 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
The STORK 2.0 partner TUBITAK introduced STORK 2.0 in their booth at the event. This event aimed at promoting the projects that had been developed in companies’ own research and development labs, science parks and technology institutes with great effort in both national and international areas. More
TUBITAK's booth in the Innovation
Turkey Expo 2013

ICT 2013

6th-8th November 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania

ICT 2013 event was organized by the European Commission in partnership with the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and the official sponsors of the Presidency. STORK 2.0 was successfully presented in the LSPs Roadshow booth "Build, Connect, Grow", next to epSOS, eSENS and eCODEX projects. The LSPs booth was voted as best exhibitor of the Cluster 1 of the event. More
A joint Networking Session "Digital Agenda for Europe - The role of trustworthy and interoperable electronic Identification" of STORK 2.0, FutureID and SSEDIC, projects, organized and chaired by Mr. Alberto Crespo from Atos Spain attracted the attention of numerous participants. Find all the documents related to this session here
Mr. Antonio Lioy (left) from
POLITO and Mr. Arvid Welin
(right) from SU at STORK 2.0
booth in ICT 2013


High level conference on eGovernment issues

14th-15th November 2013, Vilnius, Lithuania

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are one of the key modernizing powers of modern society, as well as of public administration. eGovernment conferences have been held since 2001 in the European Union (at ministerial or higher level) where issues relevant to e-Government development have been discussed. STORK 2.0 partners, Mr. Reinhard Riedl (BUAS) presented Identity Brokers as Key Enablers for the Future E-Society and Mr. Arvid Welin (SU) organized a seminar on STORK integration and private meetings for Member States representatives. More
Watch Mr. Riedl’s speech here
See more about the seminar held by Mr. Welin here
Poster with the information
of the MS seminar heldin the
HighLevel Conference on
E-Government issues



IDentity.Next ’13

20th November 2013, The Hague, The Netherlands

The event was focused on true issues of digital identity from both private and public organisation, below the title "What is the value of (y)our digital identity?". Mr. Hans van der Burght, from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, presented "STORK 2.0: Extending eID authentication across Europe". More

International symposium "Perspectives on the transformation of public management and organisations"

21st-22nd November 2013, Luxembourg

This event was held by CRP Henri Tudor and the National School of Public Administration (ENAP) in Quebec. Its theme, the strategic management of public administrations as regards public performance objectives and results, brought together 150 professionals - experts, university professors, public sector administrators, and consultants - who over the course of two days participated in a full programme of round table discussions, academic conferences, and doctoral workshops. More

BCS/EEMA seminar - How is eID enabling eusiness growth?

28th November 2013, London, UK

This leadership seminar, held together by EEMA and BCS, focused on providing practical guidance to companies and government who are looking to take advantage of secure and accredited Identity. STORK was discussed as a solution for such challenges.
Read more about this seminar here.

eDemocracy '13 international conference

5th-6th December 2013, Athens, Greece

The Conference was focused on recent developments, as far as research on e-Governance and ICT technologies are concerned, as well as on advances in Law that aim at protecting and guaranteeing the citizen’s rights. On behalf of the Hellenic Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Governance (HMI) Mr. Antonis Stasis and Mr. Stergios Tsiafoulis presented STORK 2.0 in the context of "Privacy-preserving e-ID Services in Cloud Computing environment". More
Stergios Tsiafoulis, from HMI,
presenting STORK 2.0 at
eDemocracy'13


Informatika v javni upravi (Informatics for public administration)

9th-10th December 2013, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The project was presented at this main annual event at the national level for state informatics by STORK 2.0 partners from the Slovenian Ministry of Interior Mr. Aleš Pelan and Mrs. Alenka Žužek Nemec. More

VI Conferenza nazionale sui dispositive medici (6th Medical devices national conference)

17th-18th December 2013, Rome, Italy

The event, held annually in Rome, reserved a specific session to "Innovation and simplification services for public medical structures and private companies" addressed mainly to national, regional and EU operators in the field of Medical Devices. In this context, a specific STORK 2.0 presentation was provided by InfoCamere, which raised particular interest among several national operators, and gave their availability to participate to the eGov4business Pilot - Medical Devices Portal - as final users, on behalf of their cross-border branches. More
Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Upcoming Events
Publications
 
   
Upcoming Events

H2020 Info day: Innovation and public sector

Brussels, Belgium, 10th February 2014


CeBIT 2014

Hannover, Germany, 10th - 14th March 2014

EEMA Benelux interest group meeting: Cyber security - challenges and solutions

Brussels, Belgium, 18th March 2014


Next generation learning conference 2014

Falun, Sweden, 19th March 2014


ISSS (Internet in public administration and self-government) 2014

Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, 7th - 8th April 2014


e-Learning event 2014

Den Bosch, Netherlands, 16th April 2014


Trust in the digital world 2013 and CSP-EU forum 2013

Brussels, April 18th -19th 2013


ONE Conference Policies (R)evolution and Every European Digital

Brussels, Belgium, 24th April 2014


International Scientific Conference on eLearning and software for education

Bucharest, Romania, 24th - 25th April 2014

Editorial
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What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Upcoming Events
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Publications

The future of e-signature and e-authentication (Kako v prihodnje do e-podpisov in e-avtentikacije)

Mag. Aleš Pelan, Dr. Alenka Žužek Nemec (Slovenian Ministry of Interior)

This paper defines the challenges that e-signatures and e-authentication are expected to tackle and solve, clearly stating their role in the EU and more specifically in Slovenia. It lists (and describes) the main actors in the authentication field, and dedicates special attention what the new regulations on e-identification and trust services have to say both in the EU and Slovenia. The paper was presented to the Informatika v javni upravi event held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on December 9th-10th. Read the paper here (in Slovenian).

Designing a large cross-border secured eID service for e-government and e-business

Borka Jerman Blažič (Institut Jožef Stefan, Slovenia)

This paper briefly presents the efforts of several research teams that are working on the design and the implementation the largest world infrastructure for secure eID authentication enabling cross - border use of e-services such as e-learning, e-health, e-banking, e-business, e-procurement and e-justice in the European single market. The paper has been presented to the ICMCS’14 conference in Marrakech, Morocco that will be held on April 10th-12th, 2014. Read it here.

Editorial
Project News
What's New in STORK 2.0 Pilots?
STORK 2.0 in the News
eID Related News
STORK 2.0 on the Conference Scene
Upcoming Events
Publications
 
 
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