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Knowledge Base: Data Strategy

Knowledge Base: Data Strategy

Knowledge Base (Unit F.4)

Data collection and socio-economic analyses are at the heart of modern evidence-based policy making. Our vision is that reliable and trustworthy data of the highest quality (statistically robust and embedded in clear knowledge assumptions) are used throughout the Commission at all moments of the policy and smart regulation cycle. The data strategy will ensure that the robustness and relevance of data is enhanced by analysis and by a sound understanding of their contextualisation.


Our Priority is to coordinate data collection, dissemination and analyses to assess progress in implementing the Digital Agenda, and to identify future trends. We are responsible for the content published in the Scoreboard, its update and its open data functionalities. We also ensure that data needs of DG CONNECT, internally and externally, are met at cost and in time, supporting the specific efforts of each unit and coordinating the studies procured by the DG. We also aim at a better use of evidence to deliver sound economic analysis of the digital economy, including the ICT sector and competition policy aspect (liaison function DG Competition), to inform policy decisions.


DG CONNECT will further strengthen its approach to evidence-based policy making. The data strategy will equip the DG with the necessary data to design, assess and implement policy initiatives throughout the policy cycle. These needs will be properly reflected in the list of studies to be procured. The ultimate objective is the sharing and publication of quality data in open data formats. We aim at improving the understanding of the socio-economic challenges brought about by the spread of digital technologies and at enhancing internal and external use of the data published through the Digital Agenda Scoreboard, collaborating with Eurostat, the OECD and other international organisations. We will undertake socio-economic analysis of the trends, and train colleagues on the use of the data most relevant to their field of work. 


Full-Time Equivalent: 
14.00 full-time equivalent (FTE)
Collaboration with other DGs or agencies:
Funds of about €4m for studies and external expertise.

stakeholder input, data from internal and external sources.


Outputs F4

- Data produced for policy making- Data analysis for policy support- Data visualisation and publishing (open data)- Delivery of data strategy (2013)- Quality management- Training and awareness-raising related to data and analysis

Timeframe: 2013 - 2015



Number of quality datasets published in the Scoreboard on time, through open data functionality (lead indicator)

Target 3-6 (2013-2015)

Number of policy briefs to management team

Target 8 (2013 - 2015)
Baseline 2

Result/Impact F4

The ultimate objective is to have robust data sets on the Digital Agenda and related main policy initiatives and the availability as open data on the scoreboard. This also includes data from other CONNECT units.  Where there is a baseline, data is already being measured. For the others, data has to be collected but data sources are available without external costs.



Number of visitors/users of visualization tools for our statistical datasets (Scoreboard and EU open data portal visualization tools).

Target Double by 2015 (2013 - 2015)
Baseline 4300 users, 7500 visits (November 2012)

Number of downloads of datasets.

Target Double 2013 values by 2015. (2013 - 2015)
Baseline Baseline being established. (2013)

Number of references in official documents of the EU, Member States, etc. Consider use of composite indicator, measuring references, visits, downloads.

Target Double 2013 values by 2015 (2013 - 2015)
Baseline Baseline being established. (2013)

a) % of studies in the DG aimed at data collection, b) whose tender specifications include a standard contract clause about the data format, publication and re-use.

Target Measuring trend for a) and target of 100% for b) (2015)

Link to DG CONNECT's Top Level Targets

  • Europe 2020 - 3% of the EU's GDP should be invested in R&D, complemented by a future EU 2020 Headline Innovation Indicator
  • eCommerce Action Plan - Double the share of eCommerce in retail sales and of the internet sector in European GDP by 2015
  • H2020 - By 2020, one third of all Europe's ICT business investment in ICT R&D in the EU should come from companies created within the last two decades
  • DAE - The entire EU to be covered by broadband by 2013
  • DAE - The entire EU to be covered by broadband above 30Mbps by 2020
  • DAE - 50% of the EU to subscribe to broadband above100 Mbps by 2020
  • DAE - 50 % of the population to buy online by 2015
  • DAE - 20 % of the population to buy online cross-border by 2015
  • DAE - 33 % of SMEs to make online sales by 2015
  • DAE - The difference between roaming and national tariffs to approach zero by 2015
  • DAE - To increase regular internet usage from 60 % to 75 % by2015, and from 41 % to 60 % among disadvantaged people
  • DAE - To halve the proportion of the population that has never used the internet from 30 % to 15 % by 2015
  • DAE - 50 % of citizens to use eGovernment by 2015, with more than half returning completed forms
  • DAE - All key cross-border public services, to be agreed by Member States in 2011, to be available online by 2015
  • DAE - To double public investment in ICT R&D to € 11 bn by 2020
  • DG CONNECT is a lean, modern, effective and efficient public administration
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