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.
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:
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.
Portals can be national, regional, local or domain specific. We connect portals in the EU Member States, the European Economic Area (EEA), the European Free Trade Area (EFTA), the EU accession countries, and countries involved in the EU's neighbourhood policy. In addition, by harvesting the European Union Open Data Portal, we also cover European institutions, agencies and bodies and some cross-border content from EU-funded projects.
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 Invent, including INTRASOFT International, Fraunhofer Fokus, con terra, Sogeti, the University of Southampton, Time.Lex, 52 North and the Lisbon Council.
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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.