As of April, data.europa.eu is live! The EU Open Data Portal and the European Data Portal joined forces to become the single access point for European data. Data plays a key role in our lives and inspires the creation of new products, services, and powerful technologies. Making data publicly available allows everyone to reap its benefits. Data.europa.eu provides access to more than 1 million datasets, from 36 countries, along 13 thematic categories.
Vaccination is well under way across Europe. On 10 August, more than 70% of the EU adult population received at least one dose and 57% already have the full protection of double vaccination. Open data plays an important role in informing citizens and policy makers on the progress of the vaccination efforts. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) provides a pan-European dashboard to track vaccination progress. On their own initiative, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Slovenia also offer national vaccination dashboards with additional insights.
One of the finalists of the 2019 EU Datathon, Euromaps, has taken the project to the next level. Now fully automated and renamed to Alphamaps, the app turns open data into maps that visualise complex topics such as climate change or international trade. According to project lead Gregory Ruessmann: ‘We take existing trends and predict what the data might look like in the medium to long term if the trend continues. For example, if you’re interested in knowing what solar power generation looks like in the EU, you can have a map that shows you what the situation was like in 2000, 2010 and 2020, but also what it will be like in 2030.’
On 18 June, Rob Fry also shared his insights on data visualisation in a session titled: Help – I’m locked in spreadsheets & PDFs, let me out. As the head of data visualisation at the UK Office for National Statistics he showed some of their most successful projects (and the not so successful ones too).
Earlier, on 4 June, Barnaby Skinner, lead of the visuals department at the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, presented a webinar: How to make your data easier to visualise. Barnaby highlighted good and bad examples of data repositories and offered guidelines for data sharing policies by governmental bodies.
How can disaggregated, high quality data support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development? From 3 to 6 October, data producers and users delve into this question at the United Nations World Data Forum (UNWDF).
Accessible, timely and reliable data is vital to support the Sustainable Development Agenda. The forum is a unique opportunity to identify innovative approaches for data compilation, processing, and communication. The UNWDF invites representatives from business, science, media, statistical offices, administrations, and other fields.
The first ever EU Open Data Days, launched in March 2021, are gathering steam. This unique event will take place online from 23 to 25 November and is now open for registration of participants. Free and open for everyone to attend, the event combines EU DataViz, the conference on open data and visualisation, and EU Datathon, the open data competition.
Setting out with the aim of ‘shaping our digital future with open data’, the event will highlight the benefits of open data, its visualisation and its reuse for the EU public sector, citizens, and businesses.