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Providing big data opportunities for public administrations

2016.03 Big Data for Public Administrations


When is this action of interest to you? 

You are a public administration that wants to better exploit the potential of big data. You want to take advantage of open data and to be able to link information coming from different sources. This action will help you make use of big data techniques to reuse your data and transform them into knowledge.

What is this action about?

The amount of data generated worldwide is increasing at an astounding pace – by 40 % annually. It will increase 30 fold between 2010 and 2020. Big data analytics can be an immensely powerful tool to monitor how services are performed, increasing transparency and allowing for better results, processes and decisions.

However, many public services are not able to fully manage and analyse the information to fully benefit from its immense potential.

By identifying the challenges and opportunities that Member States and the Commission face in the context of big data and open knowledge, this action intends to create synergies and cooperation between the Commission and Member States, leading to more effective and informed actions by public administrations.

What are the objectives?

To identify concrete big data and open knowledge opportunities and requirements in public administrations and in specific policy contexts.

To promote cooperation among the Commission and Member States in order to accelerate the data-driven transformation.

What are the benefits?

  • A harmonised way to manage big data and open knowledge resulting in savings and more interoperability among public administrations.
  • Open knowledge sharing through increased collaboration with stakeholders will result in more effective government processes.
  • Faster and data-driven decision making, getting the right knowledge at the right time and making use of tacit knowledge to support policy making.
  • Building cost-efficient solutions by reusing the solutions and good practices developed under this action.
  • Effective policies and informed decisions, transparency of processes, increased accountability of governments.

What has been achieved?

  • A landscape analysis identifying requirements and challenges of public administrations in Europe and the Commission in the context of big data and data analytics as well as the ongoing initiatives and best practices in these areas

  • A number of pilot projects on big data and data analytics both with European Commission services and Member States public administrations. The output of these pilots (documentation, source code) has been published on the Joinup collaborative website.

  • Identification of the requirements and designing the architecture of a big data test infrastructure. The Big Data Test Infrastructure is now a CEF Building Block