Sean McGrath and Conor O’Reilly: A Service Oriented Approach to e-Government Architecture. About the approach taken to using Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) and XML representations of data as the basis for service delivery and modernization of e-government in Ireland.
Flexible and reusable e-government services based on an open data standards and non-proprietary technologies are emerging. In Ireland we are currently in the implementation phase of the Public Services Broker (PSB).
The PSB is an SOA. It will provide a common access point for e-Government services, common interface standards, procedures and supporting services, together with the necessary infrastructure to make access to e-Government services as straightforward and secure as possible. In addition to supporting customer interaction, the PSB will also provide the standard mechanism for supporting government inter-agency collaboration.
Although I hear about many advantages with a central broker from Alan Mather and many others, I personally don’t think it is the right way forward, at least not when I look at things in Denmark. On the other hand, if the broker can enable a service-oriented and loosely coupled architecture, why not?