Evaluating the EU Open Data Portal
‘The Department of Library and Information Science at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) has published a study that analyses and evaluates the European Open Data Portal.’ . Report presentation: http://www.epsiplatform.eu/content/analysis-and-evaluation-european-union-open-data-portal-0 or direct download: http://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/RGID/article/download/99-118/42697. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Some interesting findings summarized below:
As with most of the other Open Government Data Portals the bulk of data comes from statistical agencies, here from Eurostat: .
Number 1 is a translation help for all EU languages (‘translation memory, TM; i.e. sentences and their professionally produced translations’) .
Evaluation of data formats follows Tim Berners-Lee’s 5star schema. .
5star for metadata queries
Semantic (****) or even Linked (*****) Data are not part of the portal’s data repository. BUT the description of the data with metadata follows 5star requirements and the EU Portal offers a SPARQL endpoint. Great! https://open-data.europa.eu/en/linked-data
Let’s learn SPARQL!
The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group provides a website which is extremly well structured and very informative. It’s giving insight in a multitude of topics … and in statistics.
‘The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and the social progress of African countries.’ (The ADB in 10)
Integrated into this website is the Data Portal giving access to maps, country profiles/dashboards and interacive data queries.
The dashboard gives a broad overview over countries and aggregates. I.e. Algeria:
Most powerful is the data query.
It’s based on prognoz software, offering – ‘Solutions for evidence-based policy-making’ (quote from: Statistics for Policy making_2011)
Have a look at this query example showing the use of internet and mobile phones in North Africa, an explosive development – not only in terms of statistics:
There’s an iPad solution, too. The same topic visualised with this iPad app looks like this:
World Bank’s Data Visualiser uses the same technology based on the World Development Indicators 2010. Comparing mobile cellular subscriptions (per 100 people) with GDP growth per capita shows: there’s no big correlation, but the same fast growth in communication tools since 2000 …
An interesting application with a lot of functions. Click on picture below or read more at Access to Statistics.
Stockholm University, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, is starting a new research project on Citizen-centric access to statistics. Project manager is Professor Bo Sundgren, former advisor to the Director General of Statistics Sweden.
The project will investigate the possibilities to define an easy-to-use, powerful, and flexible standard interface for communication of statistical data and metadata between the dissemination databases of statistics producers (statistical agencies) and citizen-centric applications, developed by entrepreneurs or by citizens themselves.
Read more at project blog and web site …..