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DCAT-AP v1.1 is now available. Find out more here

DCAT-AP technical implementaiton guidelines are now available. Find out more here

What is the DCAT-AP

The DCAT Application Profile for data portals (DCAT-AP) is a specification based on the Data Catalogue vocabulary (DCAT) for describing public sector datasets in Europe. Its basic use case is to enable cross-data portal search for data sets and make public sector data better searchable across borders and sectors. This can be achieved by the exchange of descriptions of datasets among data portals.

The DCAT-AP was developed by working group of experts following an open collaborative process. The DCAT-AP is a joint initiative of:

Read more on the DCAT-AP community on Joinup.

The latest version of DCAT-AP (DCAT-AP v1.1) is available here.

Who is using the DCAT-AP

The projects that are implementing the DCAT-AP can be found at the SEMIC map.

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Report on high-value datasets from EU Institutions (May 2014)

This report elaborates on a working definition of what "high-value dataset means". This can be used as a guideline for prioritising the publication of government datasets. The definition approaches the value of datasets both from the publisher's point of view, and the reuser's point of view.


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