On the 1st and 2nd October 2014, Egnatia Odos hosted a workshop for EIP Act 3.1 – Single Point of Access- in Thessaloniki. In order to share results the workshop was scheduled next to the workshop of Act 3.2 and 3.3 on quality criteria and measurement methods.
Partners from Austria, The Netherlands, Greece, Germany, Romania, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, UK and Denmark were present.
In the morning of the 1st of October, after a short introduction the national examples of the approach for a Single Point of Access were presented for The Netherlands and Germany, followed by the results of the questionnaire held during the summer. A lot is still unknown for many partners, they look to other partners for ideas or even guidance.
After a short break a joint summarizing session was held with Act 3.2 and 3.3, followed by presentations and discussions on role of quality in the SPA. It was agreed to set up a matrix with quality criteria for the SPAs, thus allowing the various actors in the value chain to have a clear picture of the quality required/offered. This matrix can also support partners in their efforts to set up quality control for the SPA, it should not become an obligation or even legislation.
The next day Activity 3.1 continued with discussions on harmonization. Much already passed the review, but the DATEX II profiles and metadata were relatively untouched. Three experts were found willing to contribute to a harmonized set of meta data, actions were discussed to coordinate the (need for) definition of DATEX profiles with the DATEX II SG and the planning for the finalization phase was set.
It appears there is still a long road ahead of us, but the inspiring contributions during the workshop and continuous support of all partners should help us get there.