Baden-Württemberg and Saxony launch their jointly developed „Onlinezugangsgesetz (OZG) Hub“. The platform provides standardized interfaces and modules for the efficient development of online citizen services for municipal and state administrations.
The state of Baden-Württemberg and the Free State of Saxony have signed another cooperation agreement: With this agreement, the jointly developed „Onlinezugangsgesetz (OZG) Hub“ is launched. Standardized interfaces and modules are available on the platform, making it easier for municipal and state administrations to develop online services.
Since 2015, both states have been working closely together on the development of the service portals „service-bw“ and „Amt24“. This enables them to offer their citizens, companies, and authorities modern and secure e-government platforms. This successful collaboration is now being expanded and deepened.
Cooperation enables digital added value
„With the further signing, we are building on our previous close cooperation and taking the collaboration to a future-proof level. This once again shows that together we are more successful. We are creating digital added value and can benefit from each other,“ said the State Commissioner for Information Technology (CIO) Stefan Krebs at the launch of the OZG Hub.
„Providing 575 administrative services digitally is a tremendous task. We can only achieve this together. I am pleased that we are further expanding our longstanding cooperation with Baden-Württemberg. With the OZG Hub, we now have a tool at hand that makes administrative services faster, easier, and digitally available across the board. Ultimately, this benefits everyone: citizens, companies, and the administration itself,“ said Professor Thomas Popp, State Secretary for Digital Administration and Administrative Modernization and CIO of the Free State of Saxony.
Federal and state governments are obliged by the Onlinezugangsgesetz (Online Access Act) to offer their administrative services digitally. According to the principle of „One for All“ (EfA), a state or a consortium of several states is responsible for the development and operation of a digital application procedure. Other states or municipalities can then reuse these online services and make them accessible to citizens and companies through their service portals. However, the service portals often rely on different software and interfaces, which can make reuse more difficult both organizationally and technically.
The OZG Hub now provides a platform with standardized interfaces. Following a modular principle, the Hub offers various modules that have already been developed by others for the creation of online services: payment functions, online authentication, mapping, and other basic functions can be combined to create any online service using the provided form tools. These tools are user-friendly, secure, and barrier-free. The platform is operated in an ISO 27001 certified data center in Germany. It meets the basic security standards set by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and enables the operation of online services with a high level of protection. The OZG Hub is a helpful and innovative tool for implementing the Onlinezugangsgesetz and further digitization in Germany. Other states can also use the OZG Hub and join the cooperation.