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CLIPS

CLIPS ‘Cloud approach for Innovation in Public Services’ is a 30-month pilot project funded through the CIP Programme of the European Commission, aimed at the development of a new approach to the delivery of public services through the use of cloud computing. The CLIPS project brings together key stakeholders from across the EU including public authorities, citizens and businesses to develop a flexible framework for cloud-based public services which seeks to overcome some of the major issues that have so far prevented the full adoption of the cloud within the public sector notably in architecture, design, and security.

About the Project

CLIPS is a unique pilot project funded through the CIP Programme of the European Commission, aimed at the development of a new approach to the delivery of public services through the use of cloud computing. The CLIPS project brings together key stakeholders from across the EU including Public Authorities, Citizens, and Businesses to develop a dedicated framework for cloud-based public services which seeks to overcome some of the major issues that have so far prevented the full adoption of the cloud within the public sector notably in architecture, design and security.

Through the delivery of four pilots in four cities: Bremerhaven (DE), Lecce (IT), Novi Sad (RS) and Santander (ES), the project will seek to demonstrate how cloud-based services can be used for the benefit of citizens and to facilitate the fictional scenario of a family moving from one member state to another and the typical complexities that such a move could entail. Taking into account administrative requirements such as registering for utilities, schooling, local taxes, social care, all through the use of use of a dedicated cloud-based infrastructure, the primary goal of CLIPS is to demonstrate how the cloud can improve efficiencies and public service delivery. The definition and the implementation of new cloud-based services follows a mash-up approach, to develop an ecosystem template (methodology and toolkit including platform) that can be replicated across Europe promoting interoperability and enhancing consumer confidence in cloud services.

Project objectives

At the end of the 30-month pilot project, the project will deliver a common platform with interoperable services, transferable methodology and associated business model that will facilitate increased adoption of cloud-based public services throughout the EU. It will also seek to identify and address key policy and ethical constraints that could impact the replication of the final solution. If successful, this project offers a step forward for EU cloud capabilities with significant benefits not only for public organisations at a national and regional level but also for SME’s and citizens alike.