Open Data Euskadi, the Basque portal for open data, will turn 2 years old this month of april. Time for some thinking about our endeavour. In these two years, we have been pushing towards getting a critical mass of data in our service, so reusers can have prime material to work. The current number of datasets, according to our search engine, is 1,953 so we hope to get to 2,000 before summer. Downloads from the community are around 500 per month, and there is also regular API usage, maybe also other forms of re-use which we cannot detect.
Absolute numbers are not a priority for us, because we have set some minimum of quality before we free some dataset. Those requirements have not been put on ink until now, but the guidelines that we have found on the opendata portal of another Spanish community, that of Castilla y León, are good enough for us, and we support them totally, as one of our goals is to coordinate with other public administrations opening their data.
- Well structured data catalogues.
- Stable, persistent and extensible URI structure.
- Durable URI usage
- Trasparency when accessing external services
- Standard formats
- Using our own vocabularies, well defined and explained.
1,000 followers in twitter
The portal has, since January 2011, an area to communicate with the community, and also this blog with an English version, so we can maximize our reach. We also opened a Twitter channel (@opendataeuskadi) which has surpassed the 1,000 follower number recently.
Over the following 12 months we hope to get more feedback from reusers. We are open to receive proposal and ideas: new services, inverstigation, mashups.. We’ll do our best to respond and also give visibility to those projects. A summary of our goals would be this:
- Open more datasets
- Detect which data still on the closet is the most important to open next
- Improve structure of datasets and the API for better reuse
- Coordinate with other public bodies offering open data
Thank you everybody. An open data policy needs a solidary society to respond, it’s up to the public to create social value through reuse. We are here to help.