Open data is being made more accessible in the European Union with the launch of a web portal that allows people and companies to find public data sets from across the continent. The European Data Portal was deployed for the European Commission by consulting firm Capgemini and the Open Data Institute, along with other corporate and academic institutions. It harvests meta data from over 240,000 open data sets in Europe. Currently in a beta version, the portal allows individual citizens, small businesses and large organisations to search open data released by various public sector authorities. Certain data sets can be integrated into products or used to gain insights into a wide variety of areas, such as crime records in Helsinki and forestry maps in France.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: V3.co.uk