Looking back at EU Open Data Days 2021: ‘Facilitating data re-use’
Last November, the Publications Office of the European Union organised the EU Open Data Days. Over the three days (23 – 25 November 2021), the event showed the benefits of open data to more than 2300 EU public sector representatives, citizens and businesses under the main theme: ‘shape our future with open data’.
Over 70 speakers from across the world took the floor in six thematic sessions. Each of these sessions provided an overview of innovative techniques and best practices used in both the private and public sectors. Moreover, they offered the participants valuable insights into open data and data visualisation techniques and practices.
In a series of news pieces, we have recapped each of the thematic sessions of the EU Open Data Days, which included:
The third thematic session was ‘Facilitating data re-use’, which focused on FAIR principles of data, data literacy, and other projects that ensure interoperability.
The first session was titled ‘Towards a data-literate society that delivers to all’ by Ravi Jumar, a Team Lead for the Data Use and Literacy programme at the World Bank’s Development Data Group in Washington. In this session, Ravi discussed how data can improve people’s lives in low- and middle-income countries. He described how the World Bank worked to help governments open their data and increase data literacy. He also shared lessons learned from data-literacy initiatives in more than 30 countries.
The second session was titled ‘Data.europa.eu, the official portal for European data’ by Esther Huyer and Raymonde Weyzen, experts in data strategy and policy at Capgemini Invent. In this session, Esther and Raymonde showcased the data.europa.eu portal and highlighted its focus on facilitating and promoting (open) data re-use and data interoperability through, for example, free access to eLearning material, news pieces, successful stories of open data, and research.
The third session was titled ‘Turning open data into open knowledge’ by Renata Ávila, the CEO of the Open Knowledge Foundation. In this session, Renata shared what she had learned from 17 years of open-data advocacy, publishing, tooling and training. She also shared her ideas on the future of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s technical products following the EU’s Open Data Directive.
The final session was titled ‘The current state of national metadata – how to unlock open data benefits’ by Barbara Šlibar, a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Organization and Informatics at the University of Zagreb, and Enrique Mu, a Professor of Management at Carlow University. In this session, Barbara and Enrique shared their findings from their analysis of metadata from leading countries’ portals according to globally recognised indices. They found and shared ways that portals could improve. This included a discussion of how key open-data administrators, officers and users need to improve metadata quality.
To learn more about the above presentations, visit the EU Open Data Days website, where you can find official press release materials as well as recordings of all contributions.