(Veröffentlicht am 23.06.2022) The European Commission has presented a draft implementing regulation regarding the availability of public datasets. [1] As part of a feedback process, the sections Ethical, Legal & Social Aspects (ELSA), Common Infrastructures (infra) and (Meta)data, Terminologies and Provenance (meta) commented on the EU draft. The statement is the first that several sections have jointly drafted.

The Open Data Implementing Regulation aims to make publicly funded information more discoverable in order to promote innovation and new technical possibilities, e.g. in the field of artificial intelligence. Accordingly, the Open Data draft includes a list of high-quality datasets that are in the public domain and offer many opportunities for knowledge generation for society, business and academia. NFDI welcomes the Open Data draft, although some aspects of the proposal need further clarification from NFDI’s point of view, e.g.
  • The design of the definition around open data, machine readability or data structure, because machine readability in particular is an insufficient criterion for demarcation, as both structured and unstructured data can be machine readable.
  • Accordingly, “high-value” data should be provided in structured form if possible and distinguished from unstructured data. Indispensable for the re-use and context creation of open data are linked data from multiple actors, so that they create traceability, transparency and interoperability of different data sets.
  • The Annex clarifies the list of specific high-value datasets, with NFDI proposing further criteria for the publication of certain datasets, e.g. for meteorological, statistical and business datasets.
  • Responsibilities for effective data access and provision need to be clarified so that there are contact points to ensure a smooth process. Here, the author team of NFDI has added a proposal for Art. 3 IV.
You can download the full statement here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12111-Open-data-availability-of-public-datasets/F3316361_en   About the sections ELSA, infra & meta The section ELSA (Ethical, Legal & Social Aspects) facilitates cross-disciplinary cooperation between the NFDI consortia in the area of ethical, social and legal aspects of research data management and the re-use of research data. The coordination of the NFDI consortia and other actors for the development of jointly used and networked information infrastructures and software components is organised by the section infra (Common Infrastructures). One of the main tasks of the section meta is to harmonise the work of the NFDI consortia in the area of (meta)data, terminologies and provenance along the FAIR criteria and to make it visible and reusable. [1] https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/better-regulation/have-your-say/initiatives/12111-Offene-Daten-Verfugbarkeit-offentlicher-Datensatze_de

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