Some reckon that, currently, every two days, we create as much information as was created from the dawn of civilisation to 2003. Every two days! And it’s growing at 40% per year. We can’t miss out on that kind of growth opportunity. And this is an opportunity. In terms of economic value alone, this is a market worth tens if not hundreds of billions of euros per year. At a time when Europe desperately needs growth, this is exactly where we should be looking to create new jobs and new opportunities. Read more.
There are a growing number of governmental data portals in Europe but currently there is no consensus on how to exchange information about datasets listed on these portals. As a consequence businesses and citizens face difficulties in finding and re-using public sector information, in particular if the datasets are in another Member State where language barriers may apply and the structure of government is unfamiliar.
Therefore the European Commission sets up a working group to define a common metadata model for describing open data sets, based on the existing DCAT specification (i.e. a DCAT application profile). Read more.