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European Data Portal: the value of Open Data

Gianfranco Cecconi and Wendy Carrara

(Submission #77)


Abstract

A data infrastructure is a fundamental prerequisite in realising the benefits promised by the Data Economy. The data infrastructure provides the guidelines and framework for making data available and data publishing. It also offers the platform on which the data can be published and discovered by machine and human users.

The European Data Portal is a core component of the public sector data infrastructure that has been set up by the European Commission and Member States. It offers three key pillars:

• Access to public data resources across Europe via the single point of contact which is the portal itself, offering over 800,000 datasets across 34 countries. In doing so, the Portal promotes the use of the DCAT-AP, as well as GEO/DCAT-AP standards for metadata, as well as open solutions.

• Support to Member States via the set-up of communities of practice of national Open Data portal and policy owners, training and consultancy to improve and sustain data publishing practices;

• Evidence of the socio-economic benefits of re-using public data resources and various stimuli to foster uptake further and an overarching approach to sustain Open Data publishing.

Finally, the European Data Portal is uniquely positioned in setting the standard by raising the bar and supporting European countries close the gap to reach higher levels of so-called Open Data Maturity. Member States have adopted the portal and its team and understand the benefits of walking the Open Data journey together as a trustful companion.

The ultimate goal of the European Data Portal is to leverage this three-pillar approach as framework conditions to deliver impact based on the re-use of (Open) Data. The more this impact is documented and understood, the further access, discoverability, publishing and data uptake will increase.

Categories

Topic Area:  [1.17] Other applications
Abstract Type:  Oral Presentation

Additional Fields

 
Academic:   Yes
 
Data Provider:   Yes
 
Data User:   Yes
 
INSPIRE Implementer (IT):   Yes
 
INSPIRE newbies:   Yes
 
Policy Officers:   Yes
 
Public Administration (MS/Regional/Local):   Yes
 
Thematic specialists:   Yes
 
Comments:   European Data Portal


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