Ireland best in class in Europe with an overall open data maturity of 88%
Patrick O’Donovan TD Minister of State for Public Procurement, Open Government and eGovernment, today (Monday, 26th November) welcomed the announcement by the European Commission that Ireland has achieved first place in its Open Data assessment, for the second year in a row.
According to the assessment of Open Data maturity in Europe for 2018, Ireland is best in class in Europe with an overall open data maturity of 88%, followed closely by Spain (87%) and France (83%).
The assessment, which was carried out by Capgemini Consulting on behalf of the European Commission is the fourth in a series of annual studies, and explores the speed at which the EU28 are moving in their Open Data–driven transformation.
The 2018 report uses a series of indicators to measure Open Data maturity, including the level of development of Open Data policies which foster the reuse of Open Data, an assessment of the quality of data and sophistication of features available on national Open Data portals and the impact of Open Data.
These benchmarks set a strong focus on updates to National Open Data strategies and on their overall scope, as well as on the facilitation of coordination and cooperation. Ireland scored especially highly on the ‘Impact of Open Data’, with Real-time Passenger Information for transport services cited as an example of best practice.
Ireland’s Open Data portal contains some 8,300 datasets that cover a range of areas including housing, water quality, statistical and geographic data. Features of the Portal include a showcase page which demonstrates how Open Data can be used, as well as visualisations of data.
Commenting on the assessment, Minister O’Donovan said:
He continued on to say: