In June 2022, the data.europa.eu team launched an initiative to help users find datasets and articles related to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its side effects. This includes data on people fleeing Ukraine, sanctions applied to Russia and traffic information at borders with Ukraine, humanitarian aid, etc.
Data is a powerful tool in a conflict. In this blog article Ukrainian data experts explain how open data helps Ukraine during the invasion. They describe recently developed tools and portals, such as the portal ‘War and Sanctions’, which collects information about individuals and legal entities subject to sanctions. Also, a tool called Ruassets helps track which international and Ukrainian companies have hidden connections with Russian and Belarusian assets, individuals or businesses.
The 2022 edition of EU Datathon, hosted by the Publications Office of the European Union, is a chance for open data enthusiasts and application developers from around the world to demonstrate the potential of open data. From the 156 app ideas submitted by 121 teams, 24 teams have been pre-selected to compete in the four thematic challenges:
Challenge 1: ‘The European Green Deal’
Challenge 2: ‘Transparency in public procurement’
Challenge 3: ‘EU public procurement opportunities for young people’
Challenge 4: ‘A Europe fit for the digital age’
On 15 July, the jury will announce 12 finalist teams, who will then work to develop fully functioning applications. They will compete for their share of the €200,000 prize fund and for the Public Choice Award in the competition finals on 20 October 2022.
The authors argue that government-to-government open data re-use can only advance when data providers share knowledge and collaborate. To that end, we invite you to share your answers to below questions:
What is your organisation’s profile?
How does your organisation reach out to public servants to re-use your open data and know what their needs are?
What indicators, if any, does your organisation have in place to measure open data demand?
How does your organisation re-use open data?
How do other public institutions re-use the open data produced by your organisation?
During the summer, there will be fewer events, but you can use this period to brush up your open data skills by looking into the materials available on the data.europa academy. These range from recordings, presentations and reports on topics like data discoverability, data and metadata quality, data demand and citizen-generated data.
The data.europa.eu team will happily invite you for the upcoming academy sessions after summer.