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Commission Targets Pan-EU Data Portal by 2013
Source: FutureGov Asia
Source Date: Sunday, October 02, 2011
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Created: Oct 06, 2011

European Commission Vice President, Neelie Kroes, recently laid out plans to facilitate the reuse of public-sector information among member countries, update data procedures, and open a pan-European data portal by 2013.

The data portal will federate existing national and regional data portals, and the commission will develop such data capabilities where they do not currently exist across the union, as the plan further states.

“I want requirements to be more encompassing, and specifications improved. In particular, we’ll be looking at the way data is disclosed -the formats and the way data licenses operate to make re-use straightforward in practice. We’ll also be looking at charging regimes because expensive data isn’t open data. In short, getting out the data under reasonable conditions should be a routine part of the business of public administrations,” Kroes said in an official statement.

“I am convinced that the potential to re-use public data is significantly untapped. Such data is a resource, a new and valuable raw material. If we became able to mine it, that would be an investment which would pay off with benefits for all of us.”

The forthcoming mandate will set a framework for data disclosure by specifying formats and data license rules. Implementing the initiative will require the EU to revisit specifications in other, previously issued directives on openness.

A formal directive will be released on November.

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