EU Commission – Open Data Portal Open

EU Commission – Open Data Portal Open

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The European Union Commission has unveiled a new Open Data Portal, with over 5,580 data sets – the majority of which comes from the Eurostat (the statistical office of the European Union). The portal is the result of the Commission’s ‘Open Data Strategy for Europe’, and will publish data from the European Commission and other bodies of the European Union; it already holds data from the European Environment Agency.

The portal has a SPARQL endpoint to provide linked data, and will also feature applications that use this data. The published data can be downloaded by everyone interested to facilitate reuse, linking and the creation of innovative services. This shows the commitment of the Commission to the principles of openness and transparency.

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If the Commission is committed to “principles of openness and transparency, when can we expect to see:

  1. Rosters of the institutions and individual participants in EU funded research from 1980 to present?
  2. Economic analysis of the results of EU funded projects, on a project by project basis, from 1980 to present?

Noting from 1984 – 2013, the total research funding exceeds EUR 118 billion.

To be fair, CORDIS: Community Research and Development Information Service has report summaries and project reports for FP5, FP6 and FP7. And CORDIS Search Service provides coverage back to the early 1980’s.

About Projects on Cordis has a wealth of information to guide searching into EU funded research.

While a valuable resource, CORDIS requires the extraction of detailed information on a project by project basis, making large scale analysis difficult if not prohibitively expensive.

PS: Of the 5855 datasets, some 5680 datasets, were previously published by EuroStat. European Environmental Agency, 106 datasets. Perhaps a net increase of 59 datasets over those previously available.

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