What is a data portal?

by

Lost Boy

This post is part of my ongoing series of basic questions about data, this time prompted by a tweet by Andy Dickinson asking the same question.

There are lots of open data portals. OpenDataMonitor lists 161 in the EU alone. The numbers have grown rapidly over the last few years. Encouraged by exemplars such as data.gov.uk they’re usually the first item on the roadmap for any open data initiative.

But what is a data portal and what role does it play?

A Basic Definition

I’d suggest that the most basic definition of an open data portal is:

A list of datasets with pointers to how those datasets can be accessed.

A web page on an existing website meets this criteria. It’s the minimum viable open data portal. And, quite rightly, this is still where many projects begin.

Once you have more than a handful of datasets then you’re likely…

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