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New EC working group with governmental data portals


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The European Commission invites metadata experts who directly or indirectly work for a governmental data portal to participate in a working group that will define a common model for exchanging information about data sets between data portals in Europe.

While there is a growing number of governmental data portals in Europe, currently there is no consensus on how to exchange information about datasets listed on these portals. As a consequence it is difficult to find and re-use public sector information, in particular if the datasets stem from another Member State where language barriers may apply and the structure of government is unfamiliar.

Therefore the European Commission sets up a working group to define a common metadata model for describing open data sets, based on the existing DCAT specification. The DCAT application profile will ease the exchange of information between data portals and with the upcoming pan-European data portal.

Metadata experts working directly or indirectly for a governmental data portal that are interested in joining this working group can submit their application indicating for which governmental data portal they work, relating to which public administration, by sending an email to

Those who are invited to the working group will participate in conference calls in May and June 2013 to make contributions to the DCAT application profile.

This is a joint initiative of several institutions of the European Commission: DG Informatics, which manages the ISA programme for interoperability, sharing and re-use among public administrations, DG CONNECT and the EU Publications Office, who will chair the working group.

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