Making legal information broadly available and easily accessible are key priorities for the ManyLaws project. These efforts will be reinforced by the European Data Portal’s harvesting of ManyLaws data, starting in January 2021.
The European Data Portal (EDP) was launched in 2015 to gather the metadata of Public Sector Information available on public data portals across European countries. Its overall aim is to increase the impact of open data by making it easy to find and re-use by everyone, paving the way for the EU as a role model for a society empowered by data.
By the end of January 2021, ManyLaws partner the University of the Aegean will aim to update the ManyLaws metadata to be fully compliant with the specifications of the EDP, so they can be assessed by the respective EDP service. The quality assessment of the ManyLaws metadata will ensure that they are of the desired quality and compliant with the EDP’s schema, paving the way towards being harvested by the EDP through the already available ManyLaws triple store.
Today, the EDP attracts on average 45,000 visitors a month from across the world and contains over one million datasets from 81 catalogues in 36 countries. The metadata is translated to all official EU languages, enabling multilingual keyword search and ease of access for users. ManyLaws partner Intrasoft International has since the beginning been part of the consortium supporting the development of the EDP and is currently managing the respective activities.