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

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