We have all heard of the importance of "open" data, data that is published and made available to be re-used by others with as few restrictions as possible. But how can we access it?

Imagine you could find interesting Open Data from another country, browsing by domains and finding datasets from all over Europe, including from the European institutions. And that it would not matter if you don't speak a specific language.

The European Data Portal provides access to all data which public administrations have published in Europe for re-use by application developers, interested journalists, students or anyone else interested. The data published is now available in six languages – English, French, German, Polish, Spanish and Italian – thanks to machine translation. After intensive testing, we have launched the first full version.

That is one additional key element in bringing the "Single Market" principle to the "Digital" – doing away with any kind of barrier that prevents data from moving across national borders. In a true "Digital Single Market", it should not matter where or by whom Open Data was published. It should be there for every developer in Europe.

So what else is new?

In less than three months, the European Data Portal has increased the number of datasets made available from 240,000 to over 400,000. For comparison, the US Data Portal has 193,770 datasets.

We have refined the Metadata Quality Assessment tool which helps data publishers fix issues like broken links or missing licensing information.

And the source code of the portal has just been released. This will enable anyone to build and enhance their portal.

You want even more content?

Still feel like a beginner on Open Data? Wondering where to find tangible examples of Open Data re-use? You want to run a session on Open Data in your organisation?  We’ve got just what you need: The Training Companion contains material helping you deliver training around Open Data, including supporting materials to suit your needs.  

Looking for still more content? Take a look at the Library. A specific section is dedicated to all the material published by the European Data Portal project team.

Tell your story!

We would like to show people interesting use cases about the re-use of Open Data. Tell your story here and don't forget to take the survey. Your input will help us understand how Open Data matters.

What’s next?

Saturday 5 March is Open Data Day. Let's encourage the adoption of open data policies by more local, regional and national governments.

Interested in more Open Data activities? We are organising more webinars, events and in-country support. Stay tuned by subscribing to the Newsletter and by following European Open Data latest news on www.europeandataportal.eu, on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

4 March 2016
Last update: 
7 March 2016