Belgian ICT Agency To Start Publishing Data

Belgian ICT Agency To Start Publishing Data

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The Belgian Federal Agency ICT (Fedict) is to start online publication of government data in April.

Brussels, 2 March 2010

(by Katleen Janssen)

Fedict will start making government data available online in the beginning of April, an article on Datanews says. This was announced at the Twunch (Twitter-Lunch) organized by the Minister for Economy and Administrative Simplification Vincent van Quickenborne. In its February newsletter on PSI (link to pdf), the Federal Service for Administrative Simplification (the department responsible for the implementation of the PSI directive on the Belgian federal level) announced a timeline for the deployment of the Belgian portal site linking to datasets available for re-use. After a test phase and a pilot phase during February and March, the site should go live in April. Categories of data sets that will be available through the portal relate to geography, taxes, economy, meteorology, mobility, social security, health, justice, environment, etc. About 63 data sets are currently being prepared. So far, the regions have not been involved in the initiative.

In December 2010, Minister Van Quickenborne had already indicated in his response to a parliamentary question that Fedict was prepared to support any developer wanting to use public sector data, and that he personally supported non-commercial use of public sector data free of charge. However, due to the fact that a new Belgian government is currently in the course of being formed, he could not propose any fundamental new measures to implement this approach.