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Public Open Data: access to re-usable public sector information

This is a CEF funded Sector Specific Digital Service Infrastructures (DSIs). It deploys complex trans-European digital services based upon mature technical and organisational solutions in diverse areas.

EU citizens and businesses can hugely benefit provided it is made available as Open Data.

High value sectors such as geo-location, tourism, transportation, education, marketing and decision support systems would be on the first line to benefit from more abundant, cross-border availability of open data, meaning data that can be used and re-used freely. A significant long-term impact on the development of a European market for innovative ICT-based services is expected.

What is this DSI?

The Public Open Data infrastructure's objective is to help boost the re-use and combination of open public data across the EU for the development of information products and services.

The core of the infrastructure is a comprehensive pan-European Open Data portal acting as a one-stop shop providing facilitated and harmonised access to data sets created and managed by public bodies in the Member States, including the national, regional and local levels of government.

The deployment of the portal is complemented by actions supporting both the supply of data and their uptake.  On one side administrations in EU Member States are supported in the definition and implementation of open data policies and the establishment of relevant organisational processes and preparation of datasets for their respective data portals. On the other, actions promote the development of relations between data publishers and potential re-users of such public data.

The beta version of the European Public Data Portal has been available since November 2015. Version 1.0 with new features and an interface available in 6 languages is available since February 2016 at:

What is the Policy Context?

The Public Open Data service infrastructure implements one of the key actions included in the Commission communication on Open Data of December 2011 (COM(2011) 882), underpinning the Directive on the re-use of public sector information (Directive 2003/98/EC) and its revision (2013/37/EU).

What's in it for me?

Are you a citizen?

Citizens will benefit through better availability of innovative services, as well as through an expected increase in transparency and efficiency of public services and administrations.

Are you a researcher?

Researchers and research institutions, and the open data user community in general, will  benefit from a wider  availability of interoperable datasets from different thematic domains and richer geographic coverage.

Are you a public administration or a private company?

Administrations at all levels of the government, and IT developers and architects are at the same time stakeholders and beneficiaries of the Open Data infrastructure. Public administrations can streamline the production of interoperable content and deploy innovative services to the public to increase efficiency and transparency. Private companies will have at their disposal a single point of access to European public open data, and therefore are facilitated in the creation value added services based on the re-use of public data.

Remember, public administrations and companies can benefit from direct support through grants to carry out these actions!

Building block reuse

Public Open Data is using the eTranslation and eID building blocks.


Enable multilingual public services and communication.


Offer digital services capable of electronically identifying users from all across Europe.