Luxembourg (finally) on the open data train

Luxembourg has left the last division of the race to maturity in open data, according to the annual report of the Publications Office. Like Belgium, Portugal, Hungary and Switzerland, with a maturity score of 72%, the country is on the right track to move faster now, in the wake of the locomotives (Cyprus, Estonia, Spain, France, Ireland , Italy, Poland).

The ranking does not seem very flattering but the report is much more nuanced and highlights Luxembourg’s progress on a number of subjects.

It is thus highlighted for four points of its strategy:

– public sector institutions are invited to make their data available as much as possible, and to take advantage of existing open data; – the availability of complete and standardized metadata is an important factor in open data projects; – datasets should be made available online by data producers, either on their own websites or at the national open data portal, where all existing data should be registered. Links and APIs should be used to avoid double storage of data and version differences and allow access to live data; – the quality and precision of the tags assigned to the datasets allow targeted research.

European record of unique visitors

“A strategic collaboration with the statistical administration Statec is in place to define the structures of the data set and options for the harvesting of metadata, as well as the creation of scripts to harvest all the content of the country’s national statistics”, note the rapporteurs, who also point out that “the Freedom of Information Act obliges each public sector body to appoint document release officers (Document Release Officers). They are also responsible for publishing these documents on the National Open Data Portal as a central access point for open data, in accordance with the Prime Minister’s Circular Letter of 2018.”

Other good news, the organization of hackathons, by the GovTechLab, for the reuse of data; the links between the APIs for live mobility data and for the geoportal (public sector geodata) to a user key system, which allows the administration to know the users and their reuse cases; the arrival of artificial intelligence in certain projects.

A subject that is far from being anecdotal if we consider that Luxembourg holds the European record when we report the number of unique visitors who go to the national portal to the total population (17.02%). A third of these visits come from abroad. France, second, is only at 2.07% and Cyprus at 1.97%.

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Luxembourg (finally) on the open data train


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