Data.Europa.EU Workshop for Data Providers

4 Nollaig 2023

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On the 13th and 14th of November 2023, The Irish Open Data Team attended an exciting and informative European Workshop for Data Providers held at Eigtveds Pakus in Copenhagen, Denmark. The two-day, in-person event was hosted by the Danish Agency for Digital Government and Data.Europa.EU. Forty representatives from 27 European countries gathered at the event to discuss both the opportunities and challenges that Open Data presents for the countries in the EU.


The workshop started with an opening speech by the Danish Agency for Digital Government who highlighted the current Open Data Landscape for Denmark. The Agency also made a presentation on their National Open Data Portal and governance approach.

There was an exchange of current challenges with the European Open Data Maturity Assessment where delegates heard from various Member States and Candidate Countries. Potential solutions were also discussed on how to improve the methodology associated with the survey and the role of the Data.Europa.EU team in the process. Potential collaboration channels with the Data.Europa Academy was also discussed.

Each participating country then had the opportunity to present challenges and opportunities within their country with regards to data governance, publication, and data quality. Standardised metadata was also discussed.

A legal analysis was presented to the participating countries regarding Data licensing compatibility and core principles of fairness with regards to data reuse. An International license was indicated to be best practice for Data sharing. The Data Governance Act and high-value datasets was also covered in a later session from a representative of the European Commission who furthered outlined the European Data Strategy. A European Register for Protected Data was also discussed.

All the representatives left Denmark more informed on all things Open Data, having made stronger connections with their colleagues across Europe. It was a great opportunity for data providers to understand unique challenges each countries faces with their respective administrations and federal alignments. A key takeaway was a Data model with a user centric approach. 

Eigtveds Pakus, Copenhagen, Denmark