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European Commission plans pan-European data portal for 2013

FierceGovernmentIT - A European Commission official laid out Sept. 22 new open-government goals that will facilitate the reuse of public-sector information among member countries. By spring 2012, the commission plans to update its data procedures and open its data resources to the public, and in 2013, the EC hopes to open a pan-European data portal, said EC Vice President Neelie Kroes, while speaking at the OpenForum Europe Summit in Brussels.

The EU data portal will federate existing national and regional data portals, and develop such data capabilities where they do not currently exist across the union, said Kroes.

A formal directive, codifying the EC's plans will be released at the end of November, she said. The forthcoming mandate will set a framework for data disclosure by specifying formats and data license rules. Implementing the initiative will require the EU to revisit specifications in other, previously issued directives on openness. Kroes said that will involve clarifying how principles are actually put into practice and possibly getting "rid of a few exceptions or loopholes."