The Collaborative Database (CODABA) is a web based platform designed to support Member States in sharing information on their defence plans and programmes in capability development. The aim of the CODABA is to draw an overview of European defence plans and to streamline cooperation for the benefit of European Capability Development by identifying potential collaborative opportunities. With recently improved functionality, CODABA enables convenient contribution and more precise identification of potential collaborative opportunities as of early planning stages.
- Contributing to the Capability Development Plan
Defence plans, programmes and in-service capabilities of Member States are compiled in the CODABA in order to landscape future European capability development. This is an integral part of the Capability Development Plan (CDP).
- Facilitating Cooperation
On the basis of regular analysis of CODABA content, potential collaborative opportunities, including Pooling & Sharing of existing capabilities, can be identified and promoted with a view to generating new European collaborative projects.
The Collaborative Database (CODABA) is a web based platform containing entries on plans and programmes in capability development and in-service capabilities shared within the community of all EDA participating Member States and Third States, as well as organisations or entities bound by Administrative Arrangements.
The purpose of the CODABA is to contribute to the CDP by outlining the future capability development landscape in Europe (“Contributing to the Capability Development Plan”) and to support cooperation by identifying and promoting collaborative opportunities (“Facilitating Cooperation”) on the basis of analysis of its content. The analysis is provided by EDA in an advisory role in order to highlight opportunities and to provide ideas on an initial approach for cooperation, within or outside the EDA framework. CODABA facilitates information sharing on capability development to promote cooperation and reduce fragmentation of efforts in European defence.
A dedicated working body, the CODABA-Team, has been established in order to support pMS in defence cooperation and to implement the Mechanism to Promote Collaborative Opportunities, agreed with pMS. The CODABA-Team meets two or three times a year.
Since the spring of 2014, the CODABA has been revitalised through the introduction of a new web-based IT tool, the CODABA 3.0, launched in January 2016.The new version comes with a completely re-designed in order to be set a more user friendly interface. Users can easily search for, read and export data, set up alerts to remain informed about selected items, express interest, and, if they have publisher rights, create, modify and delete records relevant to their pMS.
The CODABA currently contains around 2000 validated records (and over 6000 total records) from all EDA participating Member States, as well as Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Serbia, far exceeding the previous versions in terms of quantity and quality of the collected data. The information comes from different sources such as direct contributions from Member States, a review of open source information and pMS responses to capability development process in the EU. The CODABA provides a comprehensive overview of plans and programmes as well as current capability inventory.
A detailed analysis of all current inputs to the CODABA allows the identification of more than 200 cases where Member states requirements, plans and programmes converge in substance and – to a certain extent – timelines. In other instances, Member States’ proposals appear to merit further investigation. For each of the identified cases, EDA provides a Collaborative Opportunity and Landscaping Report, published in the CODABA. Several of the most promising cases have been selected to potentially be taken forward as projects in the EDA framework.
The current version of the CODABA is available online at https://codaba.eda.europa.eu. A dedicated workspace accessible to all CODABA users has been made available on the EDA Collaboration Platform (ECP).
Access to the CODABA is restricted to governmental authorities representing EDA pMS, EU Institutions such as the European Commission, the Council of the European Union or the European External Action Service and, upon formal decision, Third States or organisations with which the Agency has concluded an Administrative Arrangement. All interested governmental users are invited to request access through MyEDA account. Users without a valid EDA account may register on the EDA Identity Management Portal.
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