New Developments on e-Public Procurement pages:39-47
European Conference on e-Public Procurement (ECPP) edition:2 location:Lisbon date:27 May 2014
Location information and location based services are key assets of public administrations, whether it is at the European, national or sub-national level. The collection, sharing and use of such information are often defined in European or national legislation, such as the INSPIRE Directive. However reference to this Directive and to international Geographic Information standards is in many cases not consistent and non-aligned. This is also reflected in procurement documents. As a consequence, the outcome from procurement is often sub-optimal which results in the loss of efficiency in work processes of public administrations. We investigate the challenge of alignment in public sector and more particular in procurement activities in which location information and location based services play an important role. We analyze several cases at the European and national levels. From this assessment we conclude that the procurement should be supported by guidelines defining how Terms of Reference could refer to the INSPIRE Directive and related legislation, and to the relevant international standards. We also argue that an e-procurement platform could guide procurement officers by providing placeholders and references to a best practice repository of the application of specifications and standards.