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Open Data Support

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Open Data Support finished in December 2015 handing over to the European Data Portal


Open Data Support was a 36 month project of DG CONNECT of the European Commission to improve the visibility and facilitate the access to datasets published on local and national open data portals in order to increase their re-use within and across borders. Open Data Support was a pan-European initiative targeting both those data publishers that are well underway but also the ones that are just starting.


To achieve its objective, Open Data Support provided to (potential) publishers of open datasets, three types of services:

  • Data and metadata preparation, transformation and publication services that will enable them to share the metadata of their datasets on the pan-European linked metadata infrastructure delivered by the project;
  • Training services in the area of (linked) open data, aiming to build both theoretical and technical capacity to EU public administrations, in particular to favour the uptake of linked open data technologies; and
  • IT advisory and consultancy services in the areas of linked open data technologies, data and metadata licensing, and business aspects and externalities of (linked) open data. 

The project is summarised by the figure below. Click on the picture to see the project's service description:


Online training service



DG CONNECT aimed to advance the Commission's open data policy by accompanying the adoption process of the revised Directive on the re-use of Public Sector Information by Parliament and Council and by promoting open data policies across the European Union. In this vein, DG CONNECT is funding a set of initiatives, Open Data Support being one of them, for creating the basis for European portals for open data.

The problem that Open Data Support dealt with is the limited accessibility and the lack of (cross-border) awareness of open datasets published on national, regional and local data portals of European Member States. This has a negative impact on the reuse of these datasets, which remains quite low – certainly beyond expectations. 

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Open Data Support was funded  under SMART 2012/0107 ‘Lot 2: Provision of services for the Publication, Access and Reuse of Open Public Data across the European Union, through existing open data portals’(Contract No. 30-CE-0530965/00-17).

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