Open Data Monitor

OpenDataMonitor provides the possibility to gain an overview of available open data resources and undertake analysis and visualisation of existing data catalogues using innovative technologies.

Reference: 611988
Type: Collaborative project
Programme: FP7-ICT
Start: November 2013
Duration: 24 months

Project Structure

Within a few years the idea of open data has spread throughout Europe and produced extensive changes especially in thinking about governmental data and how it can be used for public and private purposes. This has also led to a fractured landscape of open data resources, making it challenging to gain an overview. Even on a national level there is an unconstrained growth of regional open data repositories. These circumstances cause extensive problems for policy makers, institutions and NGOs, to build up efficient and sustainable open data strategies.

To provide a better insight of the project work flow and planning, a list of planned deliverables its presented for the broad public. Public deliverables will be able to be downloaded from any interested party with no necessity to register.

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Concept and Approach

A main goal is to research and develop a harmonization scheme and methodologies for addressing the diverse, largely interoperable and multilingual metadata available for ODS (open data sets). This will enable us to analyze the harvested metadata for ODS under a uniform manner and extract purposeful knowledge. In this context, we will concentrate on the following: metadata schemas (e.g. DC, CKAN, INSPIRE, ISO), vocabularies (e.g. GEMET), thematic domains, code lists (e.g. EuroStat), publisher taxonomies (e.g. public bodies, publisher roles), licensing (e.g. local vs. international licenses). Our work will be based exclusively on open standards, with emphasis on those formally adopted by the EC (e.g. INSPIRE, DC, DCAT).

In the OpenDataMonitor project we will adopt CKAN as the underlying software architecture within which all our software contributions will be integrated as plugins. This will guarantee the availability to a wide population. The OpenDataMonitor will allow a variety of analytical functions such as: compare public bodies (national/local), indicate changes and updates of catalogues; show quality of meta data; sort available catalogues for specific thematic domains; show licensing information; availability of data in specific open formats; divergence among available open data of EU member states; percentage of population (and SIGs) with access to purposeful data; automatic scores that indicate level of openness.

All particular created plugins and components will be combined in the OpenDataMonitor Demonstration Platform. The Monitoring Sites hold the main site ( which provides visualisations on European level and for different catalogs. Further aggregated sites could be integrated in already existing web instances like The Monitoring Sites allow a public access to our dashboards, key figures to analyze/visualize open data repositories. The OpenDataMonitor Demonstration Platform will go along with detailed documentations, manuals, tutorials, showcases and publications which will support the open data community to understand, use and build up on the OpenDataMonitor. According to our dissemination strategy and to enforce the impact of the project, awareness will be raised and information will be shared via social media and other web channels.