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Norbert Hohn & Marc Küster

Publications Office of the European Union

Marc Küster holds a degree in Physics, a Master in Philology and History and a PhD in Modern Philology. After working for the University Tübingen's Computing Centre in the department of Literary and Documentary Data Processing and the XML service provider Saphor GmbH, he became Professor for Web Services and XML Technologies at the University of Applied Sciences Worms. In 2008 Marc joined the Publications Office to lead the development of the Publications Office's common content and metadata repository CELLAR including its Common Data Model (CDM). Since 2011 he is head of section of the Office's "Storage and Electronic Archive" section.
Norbert Hohn holds a degree in Business Management and Economics. He worked in the domain of trans-European intraregional cooperation, capacity building and the implementation of the European Higher Education Area before joining the European Commission in 2006. In the Commission, he dealt with a variety of issues in the production, identification and dissemination of publications (metadata, e-book, websites). Since 2013 he is head of the European Union Open Data Portal section.

Talk Title: 
The EU as a provider of linked and open data
Talk Abstract: 

Open government data is about the wide and free availability of information created with public money. This data is a core asset for the knowledge-based economy, since its reuse is a basis for innovative information products and services. It makes a significant contribution to the EU Digital Single Market and is a key enabler for transparency, accountability and evidence-based decision-making. As a by-product, it enhances administrative efficiency through streamlined data management.
Therefore, the EU has been promoting a strategy for the wide and free availability of government information across Europe. As part of the strategy, the EU Open Data Portal (http://open-data.europa.eu) was launched in December 2012 as the single point of access to data held by the EU institutions, agencies and other bodies. The Portal allows anyone to easily search, download and reuse a growing range of data for commercial or non-commercial purposes, through a catalogue of common metadata. It enhances the visibility and discoverability of data of EU institutions and agencies and makes a strong contribution to their openness and transparency. The EU Open Data Portal is managed by the Publications Office of the European Union (http://publications.europa.eu).
The presentation will give an overview of the reuse services provided by the Publications Office, content given access to, and the technologies used.
Based in Luxembourg, it is an interinstitutional office whose task is to publish the publications of the institutions of the European Union. Its core activities include production and dissemination of legal and general publications in a variety of paper and electronic formats, managing a range of websites providing EU citizens, governments and businesses with digital access to official information and data from the EU, including the EU Open Data Portal and EUR-Lex, and ensuring long-term preservation of digital content produced by EU institutions and bodies.