CloudOpting is a three-year pilot action partially funded by the European Union ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), which runs from March 2014 through March 2017. The project is aimed at the development of a novel approach to bring public services to the cloud. Its primary objective is to promote the public cloud model and increase the usage of cloud computing by public administrations through the provision of a shared platform where government bodies can migrate existing IT systems in order to achieve three main goals:
- Deliver online public services to citizens and third-parties,
- Centrally manage operational data and citizen information within a controlled environment, and
- Allow citizens to develop innovative new services.
CloudOpting will enhance the adoption of cloud platforms by stimulating a change of practice in public authorities and thus enabling efficient and transparent services, and new market applications to private companies and citizens. Among other benefits, the project will allow public administrations and private companies to create new services capable of interacting and sharing information among them, while providing consumer-oriented front-end interfaces and tools, which are quite intuitive to operate, resulting in an increased expectation and demand for complex services in ever-reducing timescales.