Accelerating the digital transformation of government services


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Building Blocks & Reference Platform

Building blocks are enterprise-ready, reusable software components that provide key functionality facilitating generic workflows across multiple sectors.

  1. Reusable software components​.
  2. Open-source, commercial off-the-shelf (COTS), or freely available with open access to data. ​
  3. Facilitates one or more generic workflows​.
  4. Applicable to multiple use cases across multiple sectors​.
  5. Interoperable with other ICT building blocks​.
  6. Designed for scalability and extensibility​.
  7. Standards-based.
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Sandbox Environment

Sandboxes are digital testing environments that enable users and developers to experiment with BB functionalities and interfaces. The GovStack Sandbox will be the testing ground for software products from general market compliant with the building blocks’ specifications.

The GovStack initiative will build prototypes of six e-government services in the Sandbox and illustrate how the building block approach can be put into practice. The sandbox will be publicly available and enable anyone to understand and experiment with building block implementations. The sandbox will be made replicable to enable others to build up their own integrated testing environment.

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Our vision is that in five years, we can empower governments to take ownership of their digital futures by building more effective and cost-efficient digital government services.

Additional info

The GovStack initiative is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Estonia, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Digital Impact Alliance.

The initiative actively seeks partnerships with governments, agencies, private sector organizations and the open source community.

Successful e-government requires public, private, and civil society organization to work together. Therefore GovStack is a multi-stakeholder initiative.

You can join our efforts in the following ways:

Become a pilot country
Join the tech community and support the development of new building block specifications
Join a community of practice and exchange with fellow practitioners

Profile visits

Contact us

Margus Mägi

Govstack project lead for estonia

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