European Data Portal

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.

The European Data Portal Library offers a central access point to material on and around Open Data. Material from many European-funded projects is made available here. This section of the Portal will grow over time.

Recommendations for Open Data Portals: from setup to sustainability

Open Data is now a worldwide movement. It has, as the 2016 Open Data Barometer (ODB) report puts it, ‘entered the mainstream’. More than half of the countries surveyed by the ODB in 2015 have an Open Data initiative. In 93% of countries surveyed, even in countries where that data is not yet fully open, civil society and the technology community are using government data. OpenDataSoft estimates that there are more than 2,600 Open Data portals worldwide.

In Europe, Open Data has been a focus for policymakers for over a decade.5 Revisions to the European Union Directive on Re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI) in 2013 made reusable and open public sector data the presumptive norm for Member States.6 The updated Directive also encouraged the adoption of standard licences for public sector data, and strengthened mechanisms for people to challenge decisions made not to make information available for re-use. Today, almost all European countries now have an Open Data portal, and across the continent these portals are becoming more advanced, being used more frequently and creating more benefits for citizens. As Open Data moves from being a new initiative to business as usual for governments, ensuring Open Data portals are fit for purpose and sustainable in the long term is a top priority.
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European Data Portal