Last week I attended a meeting on user support at Eurostat and we’ve seen a presentation of a cute tool which was developed during the ”Eurostat Hackday”. No, this was not an excercise on how to hack the Eurostat website to jeopardize EU statistics dissemination. It was an Open Knowledge Foundation initiative to build some tools with available EU data without any pre-defined guidelines for developers. The event was supported by Eurostat (but only after overcoming the fear of being hacked ;-)) and was organized on 16th December 2010 (see the website for more information).
On one hand I find the tool very appealing from visual and content point of view, on another it demonstrates the opportunities of making data publicly available and promoting cooperation with universities and independant developers.
You can click on the picture to open the tool or read more on it’s background on the Open Knowledge Foundation Blog.