2018 CEF Telecom call - Public Open Data (CEF-TC-2018-5) CEF-TC-2018-5-OpenData Closed!


The priority outcomes of this call for proposals are to support the generation, aggregation and cross-border/cross domain re-use of open datasets, increase the HPC (High Performance Computing) and data capacities of the European Data Infrastructure, and to promote the use of HPC and data across borders in the public interest

Each proposal must address only one of the following Objectives and should clearly specify which Objective is being addressed:

  • Objective 1: Support for the re-use of information  made  discoverable/available through the European Data Porta
  • Objective 2: Generation of cross-border services providing access to harmonised thematic open dataset(s) and the corresponding metadata.
  • Objective 3: Creation of generic access services to increase the HPC and data capacities of the European Data Infrastructure


Objective 1: Proposals must address all the issues listed below:

  • Facilitate the re-use of datasets belonging to the same domain and generated by different authorities in cross-border areas, e.g. by harmonising their metadata beyond the use of the same metadata model (minimum degree of harmonisation provided by default by the European Data Portal) and possibly the data themselves, e.g. through their aggregation, as well as by improving their overall quality.
  • Address both technical and legal issues, therefore including the adoption of harmonised conditions for re-use - be it through direct access or through a provided service. For example, to address legal issues, a convergence of licensing conditions for Open Data in Europe can be considered, inter alia by way of progressive alignment of licensing conditions in existing national licences (reduction of ambiguity due to different ways of formulating identical conditions), thus facilitating their machine readability.
  • Address priority domains as defined in Commission notice 2014/C 240/01 "Guidelines on recommended standard licences, datasets and charging for the reuse of documents" 4 (i.e. the domains of geospatial data, earth observation and environment, transport, statistics, companies.) Other categories can be considered, when duly justified (e.g. relevance to strategic goals, market developments, etc.).
  • Streamline the metadata/data production process and implement a sustainable process to ensure long-term maintenance of the harmonised datasets of the chosen common data model (see for example the maintenance of the INSPIRE harmonised data specifications) and facilitating updates beyond their initial aggregation.
  • Propose a re-usable (and applicable EU-wide) evaluation and monitoring framework aiming at assessing the impacts of the open data re-used in the action, in the form of a "toolkit" for national administrations. This toolkit would contain standard procedures and/or software solutions which might include the processing of open data, as well as harmonised questionnaires, key indicators, etc. This toolkit, thanks to its re-usability and EU-wide applicability, would facilitate ex-post evaluation of the economic and social impacts of the re-use of public-sector information in Europe.
  • Take into account ongoing activities (CEF actions, CEF building blocks such as Automated Translation or other available facilities, the Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA 2 ) Programme, other EC funded projects e.g. under the European structural and investment funds - ESIF) already providing assistance for fostering uptake on public open data supply, to avoid duplications and liaise where relevant.
  • Analyse foreseen benefits for citizens and/or businesses as a result of the proposed actions (opening up of data, harmonisation of licence conditions, etc.)

Objective 2: The services proposed must:

  • be harmonised in terms of data content, level of detail, data structure, vocabularies and licence conditions and have pan-European or at least cross-border geographical coverage
  • be available through the European Data Portal and documented through metadata in the appropriate harvested catalogues
  • provide value-added information to support specific application areas in priority EU policies, e.g. in the areas of energy, climate, protection of the environment, sustainable use of natural resources, emergency/disaster management

Objective 3: Proposals must address all of the following:

  • identify and develop a set of generic access services, and demonstrate that they increase the usability of HPC, storage and data management facilities
  • select a clear set of cases in targeted application area(s) and develop end-user driven services of public interest, based on the proposed generic access services
  • identify clearly the relevant data and ensure 1) seamless access to input data and 2) relevant datasets (including metadata) generated by the action will be made publicly available as open data and, if applicable, will be conformant/interoperable with standards relevant to the targeted public services, including for seamless upload onto a national/domain related Open Data Portal and the European Data Portal.
  • demonstrate that the action contributes to the objectives of the European Data Infrastructure, in particular how the proposed services and the provisioned HPC and data resources increase the uptake of HPC, storage and data management facilities in Europe, and how they contribute to the build-up of a new generation of easy-to-use HPC and data-powered cross-border and intelligent services.
  • demonstrate the value of using supercomputing resources in the proposed action to analyse and process massive amounts of open data resources.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 18,50 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 15 November 2018 - 2 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for Proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Energy and Transport

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