European Data Portal

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What we do

The European Data Portal harvests the metadata of Public Sector Information available on public data portals across European countries. Information regarding the provision of data and the benefits of re-using data is also included.

What is Open Data?

Open (Government) Data refers to the information collected, produced or paid for by the public bodies (also referred to as Public Sector Information) and made freely available for re-use for any purpose. The licence will specify the terms of use. These principles for Open Data are described in detail in the Open Definition.

Public sector information is information held by the public sector. The Directive on the re-use of public sector information provides a common legal framework for a European market for government-held data. It is built around the key pillars of the internal market: free flow of data, transparency and fair competition. It is important to note that not all of the public sector information is Open Data.

Find out more about the PSI Directive and other non-legislative activities of DG CONNECT in this area.

 

About the European Data Portal

Going beyond the harvesting of metadata, the strategic objective of the European Data Portal is to improve accessibility and increase the value of Open Data:

  • Accessibility: How to access this information? Where to find it? How to make it available in the first place? In domains, across domains, across countries? In what language?
  • Value: For what purpose and what economic gain? Societal gain? Democratic gain? In what format? What is the critical mass?

The European Data Portal addresses the whole data value chain: from data publishing to data re-use.

 

Within the Portal, sections are dedicated to:

Searching datasets: Categories have been established to structure the metadata harvested from the various countries. These categories follow the revision of the DCAT Application Profile and have been mapped against the Eurovoc Thesaurus.

Providing Data: This section gives an insight into understanding Open Data from the perspective of a data provider. In addition, instructions are offered for those who wish their data portal to be harvested by the European Data Portal.

Using Data: How Open Data is being used, as well as the economic benefits of Open Data are detailed in this section.

Training and Library: eLearning modules about Open Data as well as training guides and a knowledge base referencing publications around Open Data and featured projects.

Portals can be national, regional, local or domain specific. They cover the 28 EU Member States, EEA, countries involved in the EU's neighbourhood policy and Switzerland.

Discover how to use the portal

 

The European Data Portal harvests the metadata of public data made available across Europe. The data catalogues of origin may contain datasets with errors. The Portal will assess these errors and communicate them back to the owners of the catalogues. This will contribute to improving the quality of the metadata and data available throughout Europe.

This Portal is developed by the European Commission with the support of a consortium led by Capgemini, including INTRASOFT International, Fraunhofer Fokus, con terra, Sogeti, the Open Data Institute, Time.Lex and the University of Southampton.

For specific queries please click the following link.

The specific scope of Open Data used within the European Data Portal is data published by public administrations or on their behalf.

The metadata contains the information made available with the data set by the initial publisher. Different licences, or absence of licence may occur and re-uses are invited to check with the owners/publishers of the data what terms and conditions apply to the re-use of the data.

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