10+ sources for EU data

The News Impact Summit in Brussels focuses on tools to cover the European Union. The event organised by the European Journalism Centre and Google has a strong emphasis on data driven approaches. Seemed like the right moment to collect some sources for European data. I’m sure a lot of data sources are missing – please feel free to add them in the comments!

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  • Eurostat
    The Eurostat website has been updated for the better. Still, a ‘quick’ search is not going to get you far. But the site do is the key to European statistics it claims to be. So get over it and start digging.

  • International Energy Agency
    For data on coal, CO2 emissions, electricity, energy balances and efficiency, gas, and oil. Next to data you can also find some visualizations in the Energy Atlas; check European gas trade flows; and see energy balance flows.

  • Joint Research Centre
    Check the website of the JRC for data collected and/or produced by the European Commission’s in-house science service. The site aims to bring scientific knowledge from all over Europe together. Next to research and publications, the JCR also shares their scientific tools and data.

  • EU Community
    EurActory gathers public information about experts and policy makers working on EU policy. BOth in Brussels and in national capitals or working in organisations spread across Europe; EurActory tells you which experts to go to for input on a directive or policy you’re working on.

  • EU Structural Funds Database
    This database is a collaboration between the Financial Times and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The search functions seems a bit odd: while you can translate your keywords, which allows you to search in any of the 23 EU languages – it does distinguishes between accents. I guess you’ll just need to search several times if your looking for something with possible accents… Other than that, nice work FT!

  • European Environment Agency
    The EEA is a good source for information about the development, adoption, implementation and evaluation of the European environmental policy.

  • Europeana Labs
    This database contains over 30 million metadata records linking to openly licensed books, photos, artefacts, audioclips and more. You can filter all this metadata by history, geodata, and more, though not all data is properly indexed. Still, Europeana Labs is a nice playground for remixing Europes cultural heritage.

  • PublicData.eu
    This Pan European data portal gives you access to datasets from local, regional and national public bodies across Europe. It’s an ambitious effort to provide a single point of access to official open datasets from Europe. This portal is developed by the Open Knowledge Foundation, and is currently still in beta.

  • OpenInterest.eu
    This website, by Friedrich Lindenberg, keeps track of who has which financial or political interests in the European Institutions. The website catalogues actors involved in lobbying, expert groups, public expenditure and procurement so you can explore the interactions between them. Right now the database contains 107105 Organisations, 18200 Individuals, 7358 Public bodys, 6211 Representatives, 962 Expert groups and 28 EU Institutions.

  • European Publications Office
    The European Publications Offices publishes the publications of the institutions of the European Union. What’s in a name? The daily Official Journal is published in over 20 languages and focuses on EU initiatives and activities. Other publications concern European law, public procurement and EU research and development.

  • B2Find
    B2FIND is not a database, but more a catalogue of research data stored in EUDAT. If your looking for European scientific data, this is a good place to start.

  • European Union Open Data Portal
    The EU Open Data Portal collects data produced by the institutions and other bodies of the European Union. Big chances most of the over 8279 datasets available will come from one of the sources above. Either way, the portal is worth your time.

So, where do you go to get some EU data? Sharing is caring, tell us in the comments!