EU’s Open Data portal has revamped its homepage. A single point of access to a wide range of data produced by EU institutions, agencies and other bodies, the new EU Open Data portal is a key element of EU open data strategy.
The new EU Open Data portal is single point of access to data produced by EU institutions. Launched in December 2012 in beta mode, the portal was formally established by Commission Decision of 12 December 2011 on the reuse of Commission documents to promote accessibility and reuse.
The portal allows anyone to easily search, explore, link, download and reuse the data for commercial or non-commercial purposes, through a catalogue of common metadata. Through this catalogue, users access data stored on the websites of the EU institutions, agencies and other bodies.
Semantic technologies offer new functionalities. The metadata catalogue can be searched via an interactive search engine (Data tab) and through SPARQL queries (Linked data tab). There is also a showcase of visualization applications from various EU institutions, agencies and other bodies.
Users can suggest data they would like the portal to be linked to, give feedback on the quality of data obtainable and share information with other users about how they have used it.
Most data accessible via the EU Open Data Portal are covered by the Europa Legal Notice and can be reused free of charge, for commercial and non-commercial purposes, provided that the source is acknowledged. Specific conditions on reuse, related mostly to the protection of third-party intellectual property rights, apply for a very limited amount of data.