European Data Portal Launched
After three months in beta, the European Data Portal has been launched. The portal is set to replace the publicdata.eu site and hosts over 400,000 datasets in a variety of formats including shape, csv, xls and ogc:wms. For the spatial datasets, the site provides a dataset extent visualisation and filter by location option, against a basemap of OpenStreetMap data.
The portal also provides a metadata quality assessment section, with reports on a variety of metrics including popular formats and the top source data catalogs.
One of the innovative inclusions in the new site is the accompanying training companion and e-learning programme, with sessions covering licensing, platforms, formats, linked data and data quality. The European Commission and partners involved in the development of the site have recognised that it’s no longer just about providing access to data, it’s also about providing the necessary information to support the best use of the data.