The Importance of Open Standards for Data Interoperability

By Francis Beland, Executive Director, OASIS Open

The use of open standards in data interoperability is crucial for enhancing governance not only in the European Union but globally. Open standards determine the format, storage, and exchange of data and enable different organizations and systems to communicate seamlessly. This is especially vital for the EU, with its diverse member states and institutions, where open standards ensure free and secure data flow across borders, enabling better coordination and cooperation in implementing healthcare, trade, environmental protection, and security policies.

Furthermore, open standards uphold the principles of transparency and democracy, enabling citizens’ access to governmental data and enhancing public accountability, thereby promoting civic engagement. From an economic standpoint, open standards foster innovation, facilitate cross-border business operations and drive economic growth. Moreover, they help address global challenges such as climate change and pandemics, allowing effective data sharing and collaboration among nations.

OASIS Open interoperability standards are pivotal in ensuring data protection, privacy, and security while harmonizing technological infrastructures. Our standards are vital for the EU and other governments to fully leverage data interoperability’s benefits in an increasingly interconnected world.