The German Administrative Services Directory (DVDV) is the interdisciplinary and inter-administrative infrastructure component for the secure and reliable addressing of automated services and business process applications for communication between and with public administration authorities in Germany. Thus, e-government transactions can be carried out on the basis of service-oriented architectures in a secure and legally binding manner.
The DVDV is provided in a cooperative operator model by the federal, state and local governments and is being further developed as an application in the IT Planning Council under the joint responsibility of the federal government. It is open to all electronic public administration services that are processed automatically in the form of machine-2-machine communication. Communication is XML-based and is secured via the secure transport standard OSCI.
DVDV 1 started back in January 2007, with the first service to be implemented at the time being cross-state data transmission in accordance with the Framework Law on Registration (Melderechtsrahmengesetz)
In the meantime, a total of around 130 services and business process applications have been connected, such as official systems for civil status, registration, aliens, passport and ID card systems, etc. ITZBund operates the central Federal-Master-Instance of DVDV, implementation and maintenance is jointly done by Governikus and Dataport.
Further information on the DVDV can be found on the project page at the ITZBund.