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The European Data Portal puts Spain as a model of good practices in open database

29 may 2019

The European Data Portal has just published the report Analytical Report 13: Open Data best practices in Europe ’ s Top Performers, where analyses the strategy of open data of the leading countries in europe in this area. Spain is one of the three countries used to illustrate best practices in open database.

The objective of the report Analytical Report 13: Open Data best practices in Europe’s Top Performers (Opens in new window) of European Data Portal (Opens in new window) (FTE) is to serve as a guide for those countries that are developed or want to open database project. It describes the common success factors that have enabled the three countries analysed (Spain, ireland and france) become business providers in the area of open access information. And it is no coincidence that choice, because they were the three countries that a higher score obtained in the Last ranking of maturity (Opens in new window) pan-european portal.

The report takes as a basis the 4 dimensions used by the EDP in his latest ranking: political maturity, Portal, quality and impact. Dimensions where Spain obtained a great result, as shown in figure below.

Figure with the four aspects analyzed in the study and the results of Ireland, france and spain The detailed findings obtained in each of these paragraphs.

1: Policy dimension

The key factors share Ireland, spain and france are:

  1. A strategic vision of the open database, based on a comprehensive political framework. In the three countries analysed there is a state-level policy that promotes a common vision of the open data. In the case of Spain, the report highlights the role of the initiative Provides as a common framework that drives the ecosystem of open data in the country. The document also commended the creation of two specific plans aimed at further coordination among different agencies: the “ digital transformation Plan for the General administration and public bodies 2015-2020 ”, which provided a set of actions to boost the publication and reuse of information on the part of citizens and businesses, and the “ Digital Plan ” of 2013, which includes aimed at simplifying the conditions for the reuse of public sector information. In Addition, spain is shown as an example of overcoming barriers relating to the federal structures complex, thanks to a framework that promotes the coordination of different levels of government (national, regional and local levels) to the development and implementation of local initiatives open database.
  2. An inclusive structure of government open database, ireland, spain and france have understood the need to implement an inclusive and participatory process, which takes into account the needs of the various actors involved. Through various activities (such as working groups, events or seminars), publishing partners, reutilizadores or members of society at large can pool their vision of the ecosystem of open. Among other things, the report highlights the interoperable platform launched by A Coruña, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela and Zaragoza under the umbrella of the project Ciudadesabiertas.es (Opens in new window) .

2: Dimension Portal

This dimension in the report analyzes the scope and the mission of the national data portals open. The three portals analysed are not just a repository of metadata records, but have become a virtual space for the development of knowledge, exchange and interaction in open database. In particular, the 3 countries have in common:

  1. Advanced features that promote access to data and allow the interaction between users. All portals include tools that facilitate interaction between publishing partners and reutilizadores. For example, in France and spain users have the possibility of providing comments on each set of data, including additional data or cases of use in the relevant sections. The report also highlights the usefulness of balanced scorecards to obtain statistics on key performance Indicators and analyse the impact of the data.

  2. The main point of access to data, tools, and editorial content. It is not surprising that one of the key functions of a national data portal is open to facilitate access to all data issued in all open the whole country. But it must also provide material and editorial content on relevant topics aimed at a broad audience, including publishing partners and reutilizadores of all sectors, as well as general public. In the case of Spain, this is demonstrated by sections of documentation, news, events, interviews, etc.

3: Dimension Impact

The key aspects to take into account in this dimension are:

  1. Strategic awareness on the promotion, monitoring and measurement of reuse open database. The three portals include good examples of cases of use to show the reuse of open in each sectoral dimensions assessed by the European Data Portal: political impact, social and environmental fields. In the three countries have also been developed that help studies assessing the economic impact of open data. The report also highlights how the implementation of seminars, events and competitions, such as Meetings Provides (Opens in new window) or Brings challenges (Opens in new window) , can help to boost the reuse of open data in the country.

  2. Development of ecosystems of data in specific thematic Areas. Ireland, spain or France potentiate the publication and reuse of open data in specific sectors. Last year Spain focused on the economic value and groundbreaking thematic data, which focused the Meeting Brings 2018 (Opens in new window) and that was shown by the Report of the sector of ASEDIE infomediario (Opens in new window) . France also focused on the business sector, as well as on the transport and geographical data, while Ireland has opted to create a series of events, called “ Open Data Impact Series ”, focused increasingly on a different sector.

4: Dimension Quality

os differentiating elements in this area are:

  1. Detecting and regular updating of open source from national, regional and local levels.

  2. Monitor the quality and foster a better publication of data in the country.

In this case, both issues are resolved through a combination of automated systems of russian and manual editing of metadata records. Furthermore, in 3 countries have established mechanisms backend (as validators) and guides or support centres that provide assistance to the publishing partners.

The implementation of all these actions enabled Ireland, spain and france for the high scores in the assessment of the European Data Portal, but also and most importantly, promote a sustainable transformation of the ecosystem of the open data in the country.

These key elements may be used to develop a checklist to guide the next steps of the national policy makers and managers of open portals. However, like any good practice, each country should assess how to implement these steps in its individual context and adopt a personalized approach that ensures the response to their specific needs.

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