What is the X-Road community about?
X-Road, the data exchange layer for information systems, is a technological and organizational environment enabling a secure Internet-based data exchange between information systems. The X-Road technology is currently used nationwide in the Estonian public administration and in the Suomi.fi Data Exchange Layer service.
But why build a community around a technical solution of a wider national architecture and why join one?
The X-Road Community is not about the core technology of data exchange, but rather a collaboration platform for anyone developing services on top of the architecture.
To detect and solve issues, the organizations providing official X-Road support should not be the only parties solving inter-connectivity issues and connections to X-Road. It makes more sense for developers to post their questions to a community, because another organization may already have a solution or have experienced a similar issue.
While X-Road can be seen as enabler of digitalization of services, the community is about learning from others, and sharing the skills and experiences of how to create better services both technically and business-wise. At its best, it can be about reusing solutions other organizations have already created.
For a true community to exist, the members should also have a chance to meet each other in person. Events for the community members are organized annually. In order to support the developers, there are also plenty of resources available.
If you have ideas and opinions on what the community should shape up to be and what kind of events you would like to participate in, please share your thoughts with us!