Unit G.1 aims to unlock the potential of data as a driver for prosperity and societal well-being. It promotes the emergence of an ecosystem comprising all players in the data value chain by developing a legal and political framework that supports the development of a single market for data, namely by enhancing access to and reuse of several types of data: public sector, publicly funded, research and private sector data. The unit contributes to the EU Digital Decade’s objective of ensuring Europe’s digital sovereignty in an open and interconnected world. It is home to the Data Strategy and its related deliverables, as well as the Open Data Directive, which advances the Commission's open data policy. The unit ensures its correct implementation and supports the use and re-use of public data, for example through the Pan-European Open Data Portal.
The unit steers, together with industry, the strategic research and innovation agenda within the Big Data Public-Private Partnership. Through Horizon 2020, the unit funds new Big Data technologies such as Privacy Preserving Technologies, it looks at possibilities to use data in new contexts to be more efficient or to tackle societal challenges, and it funds incubators that help start-ups develop and enter the EU market by using open data or business data.