Recap of data.europa.eu in data
This news piece is the final article in the data.europa.eu recap and outlook series and will focus on the available open datasets on the portal and metadata quality.
Data.europa.eu aims to be the single point of access for all open (meta)data across Europe. To this end, there was a steady increase of open datasets available on data.europa.eu throughout 2022. Between 1 January 2022 to 1 January 2023, the total number of open datasets increased from 1 306 809 to 1 503 404, with most of these datasets coming from the thematic areas:
- “Agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food” with 379 333 datasets from 239 718;
- “Environment” with 273 604 datasets from 260 897; and
- “Justice, legal system and public safety” with 188 893 datasets from 183 420.
The top three countries publishing open (meta)datasets at the end of 2022 and beginning of 2023 are: Germany (551 815); Czech Republic (336 042); and France (158 741).
There has also been a slight increase in the overall quality of open (meta)data across Europe, resulting in a ‘Sufficient’ overall rating. The highest scoring indicator for metadata quality on data.europa.eu is ‘Findability’ – an indicator focusing on helping people and machines find datasets – with an overall score of 69%. However, there are other indicators where more work is needed to improve metadata quality. This includes ‘Contextuality’, an indicator measuring information that provides more context to the user (3% score), and ‘Interoperability’, an indicator that gauges the ability of computer systems or software to exchange and make use of a dataset (26% score).
Going forward in 2023, data.europa.eu will continue to harvest open (meta)data from across Europe and support countries in improving the quality of their data. This will be done through, for example, lessons on the data.europa academy, tailored webinars to data providers, and research published in studies such as the Open Data Maturity 2022 report.
For those new to open data, explore the data.europa.eu academy to learn more about different technical open data topics, such as real-time data, geospatial data trends, open data portal sustainability, and metadata quality. Moreover, you can explore over 1 million datasets on different themes from across Europe. Aware of any upcoming events or open data trends that we should cover in 2023? Share your thoughts and experiences with us via Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.