The Slovenian Ministry of Public Administration has launched a new National Open Data Portal (OPSI). The portal has been built on CKAN, the most popular open source software platform for storing and publishing open data.
That made it very easy to integrate the Slovenian open data portal with the aggregating portal of the European Union, which is now automatically harvesting and republishing the datasets from the Slovenian portal.
The data generated daily by the administration is a public good that should be treated with diligence, Boris Koprivnikar, the Slovenian Minister of Public Administration, told his audience at the 2016 Right to Know Day.
Last year, Slovenia amended its legislation concerning public sector information to implement the revised PSI Directive. As a result, cultural institutions like libraries, museums and archives are now required to make their data available for re-use. To facilitate this process, last summer the Ministry of Public Administration published a 'Manual for Opening up Public Sector Information'. In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture, an inventory of existing data and databases in the cultural sector is now being drawn up, as an initial step in making this information available to the public.
CKAN is — by far — the most popular open source software platform for storing and publishing open data. It is used as the underlying platform for high-profile open data portals such as data.gov.uk, (USA) data.gov and the European Union Open Data Portal.