The European Commission in July unveiled the Cohesion Policy Data platform - offering information and open data on the performance of EU Cohesion Policy. The policy determines one-third of the total EU budget: each year the EU invests about 50 billion euro in economic development at the national and regional level. The new open data platform shows how the funding is distributed between countries, by categories of regions, and with details on the different funds and policy objectives.
One of the funds requirements is that all Member States provide information on national websites about Cohesion Policy funds received. The EC's portal is meant to complement these national websites.
"The EU Cohesion Policy open data platform aims to provide an interactive experience and to promote engagement. Users can explore the data using a variety of maps and charts, create their own visualisations, comment and discuss the data presented on the platform and provide feedback. They can share datasets via social media, embed graphs and charts on their own blogs or websites. The platform also offers users the possibility to subscribe to updates when fresh data are uploaded," the announcement said.
Free for re-use
The platform's data can be reused free of charge - provided that the source is acknowledged. Comments on the data presented here and suggestions for additional datasets are welcome, the EC writes.
"We're hoping that this open data platform will help to increase the return on EU investments, by focusing attention on the performance of our programmes," says Tony Lockett, Deputy Head of Unit at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Regional & Urban Policy.
The site is using a cloud-based open data management system. The service provider is making an open source version of its platform available under the Apache open source licence.