TOOLS AND SOFTWARE
Open data alone does not automatically translate to public participation to the decision-making. Therefore, Eurostat is increasingly providing data services with tools and software for facilitating the access and the use of its online data, which are disseminated through:
These services contribute to the development of an open, modular, scalable and interoperable software ecosystem around open data and services whose adoption will result from the engagement with various actors (rather than any standard obligation).
Based on best practices from the Open Source Software community, they can be co-implemented together with data users who can also be involved in extending and monitoring the services through providing feedback on detected issues. Feedback should actually come in various forms – e.g. as useful contributions and significant improvements like increased robustness, additional features, et… – and it can be received in regards to the data being offered as well as the services themselves. Overall, the enhanced cooperation between data producers and data users offers the prospect of improving the creation, implementation, testing and validation of statistical products.
1. Easy access to Eurostat statistical data for users of:
2. New developments in official statistics supported by source code
- Codes for experimental statistics on household income, consumption and wealth (link)
- Catalogue of resources R/Python/SQL to reproduce results of European Statistics Explained articles (link)
3. Tools and software, together with the documentation, disseminated as companions to reports and studies
- Use of a publically available scanner data set in price index research and for capacity building (R/SAS) (link)
- Experimental tools (R) for Big Data econometrics nowcasting and early estimates (link)
- Experimental tools (R) for back-casting Principal European Economic Indicators (link)