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What does the EU do for Data Journalism?


Presentation at the FOME Symposium, at Deutsche Wolle, Bonn, 25 October 2011

Presentation at the FOME Symposium, at Deutsche Wolle, Bonn, 25 October 2011

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  • 1. FOME Symposium 25 October 2011, Bonn What does the EU do for Data Journalism? Carl-Christian Buhr European Commission (All expressed views are those of the speaker.) , @ccbuhr
  • 2.
    • Nothing directly.
  • 3.
    • But there is
    • policy
    • policy
    • ...skills policy
  • 4. The European Union...
    • ...makes Data Policy
    • e.g. PSI , INSPIRE
    • ...collects Data
    • e.g. Eurostat , Tenders Electronic Daily
    • ...builds Data Infrastructures
    • ...funds Data Research
  • 5. The European Commission...
  • 6. ...and the Co-Legislators European Parliament Council of the European Union
  • 7. Neelie Kroes Digital Agenda 27 Commissioners... ...with 27 Portfolios
  • 8. , @NeelieKroesEU 101 Actions DAE
  • 9. , @NeelieKroesEU Advising on... Research Policy Open Access ICT Standardisation e-Infrastructures etc. , @ccbuhr 101 Actions
  • 10. Why Open Data? “ We are here to serve citizens, and to make the best use of their money. To achieve that, what could be better than handing them back the data already gathered on their behalf, to use and develop as they see fit. ” Open Data Challenge Awards, 16 June 2011 Also see Neelie’s blog posts on open data (13 May 2011 and 20 October 2011). , @NeelieKroesEU
  • 11. Data Policy I
    • DAE , p. 9: “By 2012, review the Directive on Re-Use of Public Sector Information, notably its scope and principles on charging for access and use.”
    • [2003, transposed into national laws]
  • 12. Innovation Union (COM(2010)546, 06.10.2010) “ The Commission will promote open access ... It will aim to make open access to publications the general principle for projects funded by the EU research Framework Programmes […]”. Data Policy II: Open Access link
  • 13. Data Collection 2006 Decision on re-use of Commission Information to be adapted in line with PSI Directive Covered Translation memories Audio-visual material Excluded Material with third-party IPR Research results of the EC’s Joint Research Centre Special cases (e.g. in Competition investigations ) link link link
  • 14. Data Research ICT Challenge 4 : Digital Libraries and Content Semantic Web, Linked Data etc. Last call summer 2011, EUR 50m Creating Knowledge from Interlinked Data link link link Linked Open Data Around-The-Clock
  • 15. Data Infrastructure I
    • Pan-European data portal workshop (3/11/2010), CIP WP 2011 (p. 46) & tender notice (deadline was 19/9/2011):
    • Implementation of European Commission open data portal
    • Call for tenders to purchase services:
      • “ to develop and administer a web portal to act as a single point of access to data sets produced and held by European Commission services (and by extension to data sets produced and held by other European institutions/bodies and other public bodies),
      • to assist the Commission with the definition and implementation of a data set publication process,
      • to assist the Commission with the preparation of data sets for publication via the portal,
      • to assist the Commission in supporting for engaging the community interested in re-using the published data sets.”
    • Maximum value: 800 000 EUR.
  • 16. Data Infra-structure II link ” Our Vision is a scientific e-infrastructure that supports seamless access, use, re-use, and trust of data. [...] the data themselves become the infrastructure – a valuable asset, on which science, technology, the economy and society can advance”.
  • 17. Skills I DAE, chapter 2.6: “Enhancing Digital Literacy and Skills” 1. All necessary tools are out there... 2. We need people to see the need
  • 18. Skills II What is a table? How to combine two? What can we do with a database? How to best visualise information? E.g. ScraperWiki, Google Refine
  • 19. Skills III Aim: Context and technique EU deserves journalists who understand it Communicating requires technique
  • 20. Skills IV Incorrectly paraphrasing press releases is not enough Data journalism is hard! Gap in self-reporting of the EU? Data = undisputed. Interpretion = ?
  • 21.
    • Selected Pointers
    • The Digital Agenda for Europe
    • Neelie on Open Data
    • Material on the PSI Directive
    • DAE Assembly Workshop on OD: Materials
    • Eurostat Statistics Portal
    • Contacts
    • <web>{ NeelieKroesEU , cc_buhr }</web>
    • <twitter> @NeelieKroesEU , @ccbuhr </twitter>
    • <facebook> </facebook>