Improving EU data reusability and visualisation

2016.18 Development of an open data service, support and training package in the area of linked open data, data visualisation and persistent identification

When is this action of interest to you? 

You want to check and reuse EU open data and visualisation tools.

What is this action about?

EU institutions produce, gather and publish an increasing amount of data on the EU Open Data Portal. As a result, there is a growing need for effective data management and visualisation tools. Under this ISA2 action, the Publications Office of the EU, together with the EU institutions and agencies, will develop a common approach to sharing knowledge about the processing, treatment, and publishing of open data, in order to increase its reusability. In addition, the EU will develop a catalogue of visualisation tools to more effectively visualise and share data.

What are the objectives?

This action aims to facilitate the reuse of data, to further open-up data, to increase data interoperability, and to improve data visualisation through:

  • developing guidelines, documentation and training materials
  • providing support, advice and training
  • creating a catalogue of shareable visualisation tools, such as applications and libraries
  • supporting the transformation of data into Linked data, i.e. connecting information from different sources
  • setting up a framework for the persistent identification of data

What are the benefits?

For citizens

  • better data quality
  • more and better data visualisations

For EU institutions and other EU bodies

  • a knowledge base on open data publishing, treatment, processing and visualisation
  • a single point of access to visualisation tools as the first step towards corporate visualisation solutions
  • a governance structure, implementation guidelines and the development of a toolbox for persistent identification
  • building an inter-institutional community of open data and data visualisation experts
  • improved overall data publishing

For Member State portals and other portals

  • the possibility to use the developed guidelines and tools

What has been already achieved?

In 2017, the action created a common toolset for data visualisation and reuse-oriented data management and data treatment (in particular linked open data).

In 2018, the catalogue of data visualisation has become part of EU Open Data Portal and new functionalities have be incorporated.

What are the next steps?

The action will continue to strengthen the visualisation community with workshops, trainings and regular webinars and enhance interoperability of metadata and datasets harvesting solutions based on DCAT-AP.