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Open Data

Open data refers to the idea that certain data should be freely available for use and re-use.
Open Data

The Commission's work in the area of open data is focussing on generating value through re-use of a specific type of data – public sector information, sometimes also referred to as government data. That is all the information that public bodies produce, collect or pay for. Examples are: geographical information, statistics, weather data, data from publicly funded research projects, and digitised books from libraries.

We support open data for 4 reasons:

  • Public data has significant potential for re-use in new products and services;
  • Addressing societal challenges – having more data openly available will help us discover new and innovative solutions;
  • Achieving efficiency gains through sharing data inside and between public administrations;
  • Fostering participation of citizens in political and social life and increasing transparency of government.

See the Communication on Open Data of December 2011.

Do you want to make government data public? Are you interested in the revision and normalisation of data protection laws? Then the Startup Europe Manifesto may interest you! Read it, sign it and share it!

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