ESS Workshop on (Linked) Open Data – Malta January 17

The ESS Workshop on dissemination of official statistics as open data, organised by Eurostat with the support of DevStat and the National Institute of Statistics of Malta, took place in St. Julian (Malta) on 18-19 January 2017.

The workshop aimed at bringing together the various stakeholders to explore and prepare the ESS future orientation in this area of work, with active involvement of the members of the DIGICOM Work Package 3 “open data dissemination” in its preparation and animation.

The workshop was open to all actors (from the statistical community but also from the open data community) of (linked) open data projects, staff with responsibilities in methodological and dissemination activities as well as managers. Experts from ministries/agencies in charge of open data portals, re-disseminators, data analysts and data archives were also present.

During the Workshop different themes were discussed: opportunities, use cases (linked data, linked metadata), added-value for the users, challenges and how to address them standards, thesaurus, Uniform Resource Identifiers and Strategy and policy.

The Workshop was a complete success: Malta received more than 55 participants from 27 different countries. For the first time, the Workshop was retransmitted in streaming during its two days and more than 100 people connected and followed it.