What is open data? How can it be used for the common good? What can we learn from open data approaches already adopted in Europe? These are among the questions answered in this paper, Data to the People. It is the first of two papers examining open data and the creation of enabling ecosystems.
We learn that regulation supporting data sharing, particularly in Europe, has deep roots and includes both a mandate to make governments’ data available in the open and the support to enable controlled data ecosystems, such as in the “data space” model.
To leverage its full potential, open data needs to be embedded in creating new data sharing approaches that consider government, organizations, citizens, technology, and the legal framework altogether as a system, Hence the term Collaborative Data Ecosystem.
Data to the People covers:
- The journey to open data and data ecosystems
- The impact of open data – making the business case
- The EU Open Data Directive as a push for interoperability of high-value datasets across Europe
- The Data Governance Act – a new frontier for European open data
It offers both inspiration and lessons from the substantial effort that Europe is putting into developing its policies and technology to make open data not only available but impactful too.
With Europe’s Data Governance Act expected to be adopted by the European Parliament in early 2022, Member States will have between 12 and 18 months before it becomes enforceable. Public sector bodies must start to ramp up their open data activities now to be ready for a new era in the use of data.