On Saturday 5 March, the annual international Open Data Day took place. This day celebrated open data by hosting 146 local events all over the world. By creating awareness around open data and its benefits, the initiative aims to encourage governments, businesses, and the public worldwide to adopt open data policies and inspire others to do the same.
Unique about this year’s Open Data Day was that mini grants were given to communities that work on environmental data, tracking public money flows, open mapping, data for equal development, and ocean data for a thriving planet.
On 24 February, the data.europa academy hosted a training session on "Data and Metadata Quality". What is data and metadata quality? How is metadata quality measured in data.europa.eu? How can you improve your (meta)data quality? Experts answered these and other questions during the session. They also presented the new “Data.europa.eu Data Quality Guidelines”, published by the Publications Office of the European Union. The session concluded with some of the most important quality indicators and hands-on good and bad practice examples.
The 2022 edition of EU Datathon, hosted by the Publications Office of the European Union, is officially launched. This annual open data competition is a chance for open data enthusiasts and application developers from around the world to demonstrate the potential of open data. Teams compete for their share of the total prize fund of €200.000 and for the Public Choice Award. The finals of the competition will take place on 20 October 2022. The competing finalists will receive support both during the design phase and after the competition.
Interested to participate? It´s simple! Propose an idea for an application that links and uses open datasets to address one of the four challenges:
Challenge 1: ‘The European Green Deal’
Challenge 2: ‘Transparency in public procurement’
Challenge 3: ‘EU public procurement opportunities for young people’
Following the report, a webinar will be hosted on Thursday, 17 March 10:00-12:00 CET. Participants will get the opportunity learn about the open data best practices of Estonia and Slovenia in more detail. What did these two countries do to reach peak performance in terms of open data policy, impact, portal, or quality? And what can others learn from them? The open data teams of Estonia and Slovenia will answer these and other questions during the session.
Register to join the webinar and don’t miss your chance to discover best practices and to get practical advice for publishing your data.
Note: Considering the recent situation in Ukraine, the Ukrainian open data team is not able to speak at the event. We hope to host them at the data.europa academy in the future.
The data.europa academy is hosting an open webinar on ‘Data Demand and Re-use in the Public Sector’ on Tuesday, 29 March from 10:00-12:00 CET. This webinar builds on data.europa.eu’s recently published discussion paper ‘Measuring Data Demand Within the Public Sector’.
Are you curious about how public institutions measure data demand? How to strengthen the engagement with the community? Or how to benefit from the insights gained from measuring data demand? To find out the answer to these and other questions, come and listen to our expert speakers:
Charlotte van Ooijen, Associate Director Digital Government and Data at the Lisbon Council
Frederika Welle Donker, Assistant Professor at the Knowledge Centre Open Data at the Delft University of Technology
Antonin Garrone, Product Owner data.gouv.fr at Etalab-DINUM-Prime Minister's Office