Data fuels the Digital Economy.

In particular Open Data has significant, and untapped, potential.

What is Open Data?

Open data is data that anyone can access, use or share  (Open Data Institute).

Why does Open Data matter?

Startups, businesses, cities, governments, researchers – all of them can benefit from Open Data. The impact of Open Data on the EU27 economy was estimated at €32 Billion in 2010, and since then the idea of opening up datasets has become increasingly popular.  

To learn more about the existing evidence on the impact of Open Data, take a look at this Huffington Post article.

If you are looking for new datasets, or want to learn more about relasing and using Open Data, the open access European Data Portal might be a great resource for you!

We asked Wendy Carrara from the European Open Data Portal to summarise its opportunities:

Today, we launched the official first version of the European Open Data Portal. We provide support to European countries to stimulate the release of more data by the public sector.

What will you be able to find?

  • Data: The amount of data has improved significantly since the launch of the beta version on 16 November 2015: from 240,000 datasets to over 400,000 datasets three months later.
  • Training Material: You can find training modules on the basics of Open Data, from licensing to measuring success
  • Library: Many countries are looking for practical examples of how Open Data is used and done in practice.  You can now find an extended ‘Use cases’ section on the Portal, with case studies from each of the 32 countries of re-using or publishing data. You also find a range ‘Other reports’ on national Open Data studies for inspiration. Do you have a story to share? Tell us here so we can publish it on the Portal.


What are the benefits of re-using Open Data?

Help the European Open Data Portal gather more examples of the economic value of Open Data. Are you a start-up, SME or large cooperation using Open Data? Or do you know about someone in your network that is? Participate in the survey and share a few key facts and figures! The survey will gather hundreds of examples of companies using Open Data across Europe. This will provide you with valuable economic insight to either show to public bodies that are still a bit sceptical or to motivate Open Data re-users to create value themselves. Results will be published during the second half of 2016.