The DCAT Application profile Working Group is seeking comments on its final Draft DCAT Application profile for data portals in Europe (DCAT-AP). This profile is a specification based on the Data Catalogue vocabulary (DCAT) for describing public sector datasets in Europe. Its basic use case is to enable a cross-data portal search for data sets and make public sector data better searchable across borders and sectors. This can be achieved by the exchange of descriptions of data sets among data portals.
DCAT-AP is a joint initiative of two Directorates-General of the European Commission: DG CONNECT and DG DIGIT and the EU Publications Office. It is the result of a consensus that has been forged in an international working group of more than 55 experts representing governmental data portals all over Europe.
The DCAT-AP will be used in the Open Data Support service that will shortly be initiated by the European Commission. This new service will play an important role towards realising the objectives of the pan-European Data Portal.
This final draft is open for public review until 10 June 2013. Members of the public are invited to download the specification and post their comments directly on the Working Group’s page. To be able to do so you need to be registered and logged in.
All issues will be discussed by the DCAT Application Profile Working Group, in the Virtual Meeting of 2013.06.12.
As announced by the European Commission, the EU Council's 'Coreper' committee (EU Committee of Member States' Permanent Representatives) has endorsed the amended text of the PSI directive as proposed by the Commission.
The proposed new rules now need a formal approval from the European Parliament, whose vote is expected around June 2013.
(Source: European Commission)