Government portals team up with each other to form a portal group and share the existing infrastructure
eGovernment can only function efficiently when public authorities work closely together and cooperate inter-administratively. This happens when government portals team up with each other to form a portal group and share the existing infrastructure.
The advantage of the portal group concept is that many applications are available from a single entry point. The identity of the user only needs to be verified once on the portal. Users only need to login a single time when they first log on to the portal in order to access various resources, information sources, or “digital offices”. The technical term for only requiring the user to sign in once is called “single sign on”.
Participation in the portal group is governed by the Portal Group Agreement (Portalverbundvereinbarung, or PVV). This agreement sets out the rights and duties with which the joining partners must comply. This agreement creates an environment of trust between the application providers and the base portal providers, who take care of user management.
Communication within the portal group is managed, both technically and organisationally, by the portal group protocol (Portalverbundprotokoll, or PVP) and the use of security classes. Application providers determine which of their applications will be available over which portals. Keeping in accordance with all data protection regulations, they specify which administration units and employees are authorised to access which applications and define user roles with corresponding access rights.
In the meantime, there are more than 1300 services available at the portal group, making it an established standard.