More and more volumes of data are published every day, every hour, every minute, every second. The amount of data across the world is expected to increase exponentially. A substantial amount of this data is collected by governments.
The European Data Portal harvests the metadata of Public Sector Information available on public data portals across European countries. Portals can be national, regional, local or domain specific. They cover the 28 EU Member States, EEA, countries involved in the EU's neighbourhood policy and Switzerland.
Public sector information is information held by the public sector. The Directive on the re-use of public sector information provides a common legal framework for a European market for government-held data. It is built around the key pillars of the internal market: free flow of data, transparency and fair competition. It is important to note that not all of the public sector information is Open Data.