The ePSIplatform is a European Commission (DG CONNECT) initiative with the objective of promoting a dynamic Public Sector Information (PSI) and Open Data re-use market across the European Union.
This portal highlights:
The ePSIplatform now covers many different themes, including Science and Technology, Health, Transport and Environment, amongst others. This makes it easier and faster for users to explore and discover content.
Public Sector Information (PSI) or Open Government Data is the single largest source of information in Europe. It is produced and collected by public bodies and includes legal data, economic/financial data, digital maps, geographic information, meteorological data, digitalised books, statistics, and data from research projects.
Most of this Open Data can be re-used or integrated into new products and services that we use on a daily basis, such as car navigation systems, weather forecasts, and financial and insurance services.
Opening up this data has great social and economic potential. It can be utilised in new and innovative ways, by combining information from different sources, making mash-ups and finding new applications. This can add value, for both commercial and non-commercial purposes.
Apps for Europe is a support network that provides tools to transform ideas for data based apps into viable businesses. it brings a powerful European network of individuals and organisations who have been involved in open data programmes and in supporting promising ideas to help ideas to scale.
The consortium is composed from 19 partners. It is lead by Stichting Waag Society (THE NETHERLANDS) and includes partners such as Nesta (UK), Forum Virium (FINLAND), Vlaamse ICT Organisatie (BELGIUM), Open Knowledge Foundation (BELGIUM, Germany, UK), iMinds (BELGIUM), EURECOM (FRANCE), PT Comunicacoes (PORTUGAL), Europeana (THE NETHERLANDS), FutureEverything (UNITED KINGDOM)