On 20 January 2020, the European Data Portal released a new study titled: "High-value datasets: Understanding the perspective of data providers". The study reviews relevant literature, policy decisions, and national initiatives to allow for a deeper understanding of the current status around value assessment of datasets. The findings from interviews with selected open data providers from different Member States provide insights into different perceptions and expectations around high-value datasets (HVDs). For example:
- The value of datasets depends on the point of view, the specification, and (geographical, sectoral) scope of impact. The impact created by open data should benefit SMEs and enable cross-border applications.
- Dataset download statistics are often used, but are not sufficient, to assess their value and potential impact. However, there is no clarity on any other standardised base for value assessment.
- Roles and responsibilities in the process of specifying, implementing, and maintaining HVDs are often not clear nor supported by a mandate or designated resources.
- It is important to reach an understanding and consistency in and across the Member States while allowing for differences in local political, cultural, and ethical background.