European Data Portal
con terra involved in further development
con terra is part of consortium awarded a 6-year framework contract to continue the development of the European Data Portal
The European Union’s framework contract award highlights the strategic position of the project consortium in the field of Insights & Data to drive innovation across Europe
The Publications Office of the European Union has awarded a six-year framework contract to Capgemini Invent to continue the development of the European Data Portal and related consultancy and research work into a new service: Data.Europa.EU. It will combine the two European data portals, and their efforts towards facilitating open data publication and re-use in Europe.
Capgemini Invent, the digital innovation, consulting and transformation brand of the Capgemini Group, will lead the six-year engagement, coordinating the project consortium.
The new Data.Europa.EU, to be launched in spring of 2021, will integrate the pre-existing European Data Portal and European Union Open Data Portal into a single, coherent core component of the public sector data infrastructure that has been set up by the European Union, its institutions and Member States. Like its predecessors, it will offer three key pillars:
- Access to public data resources across Europe via the single point of contact, which is the portal itself, offering over 1 million datasets across 36 countries, 6 EU institutions and 79 other EU bodies and agencies;
- Support to EU institutions and Member States via the set-up of communities of practice of national open data portal and policy owners, training and consultancy to improve, sustain and document data publishing practices;
- Evidence of the socio-economic benefits of re-using public data resources and various stimuli to foster and showcase uptake and value creation.
The goal of Data.Europa.EU is to leverage this three-pillar approach to support the creation and improvement of processes, products and services re-using public data resources to create economical, societal, political, and environmental impact. The more this impact is documented and understood, the further access, discoverability and data uptake will increase. The latest study published in 2020 as part of the European Data Portal estimated a value between 199 (baseline scenario) and 334 (high growth scenario) billion EUR in market size for open data in Europe in 2025.
“con terra is proud to continue playing an important part in this European endeavor. We are excited to have this opportunity to promote data sharing and geospatial literacy in Europe through our work”, says Karl Wiesmann, CEO of con terra.
Beyond delivering improvements to the pre-existing two services, the agreement will continue including the measurement of open data maturity in Europe and the socio-economic impact of open and shared data in Europe in light of the current and planned developments. Assistance will be given equally to European countries where specific attention should be paid to improving the discoverability of data and improving data portals to foster re-use of public data resources within each respective country and community.
Capgemini Invent leads the project’s Consortium, in partnership with INTRASOFT International, including Fraunhofer FOKUS, OMMAX, con terra, 52°North, agiledrop, Timelex, the Lisbon Council, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and Capgemini’s global design leader Idean and the Cybersecurity Services.
A joint team of con terra and 52°North experts is responsible for the geospatial dimension of the Portal. This includes
- providing a Geo-Harvester that is used to collect metadata from member states’ geoportals so it is accessible in the European Data Portal
- putting the geodata on a map with a map viewer for geo-visualization
- combining data from different sources for a Gazetteer, enabling users to find a location
- handling real time data - which often has a spatial dimension.
Dr. Thore Fechner