The European Data Portal has released an annual report on the state of open data in Europe, highlighting the importance of utilising public sector data as a strategic development value, providing a review of the situation in the EU 28+ states, providing examples of good practice and giving recommendations to member states for further strengthening the role of open data in their economic and social transformation.

The report is based on data provided by the institutions of the countries covered by the survey to the Open Data Portal by filling out the questionnaire. As in previous years, the Ministry of Administration, the Central State Bureau for the Development of the Digital Society and the Information Commissioner were involved in the preparation of the data for the report relating to the Republic of Croatia.

In this years’ report, the degree of maturity of open data is assessed through four criteria: the political dimension, the quality of national open data portals, the impact of open data as a factor of development and the quality of open data. In comparision with previous years, this year’s assessment is based on a new methodology, with an emphasis on assessing the political, economic and social impact of open data and their impact on the environment. As a result of the new methodology, the Republic of Croatia recorded a slight decline in this year’s survey as well as two-thirds of other surveyed countries compared to the previous year: although it continues to be an example of the strategic, legal and institutional framework and provides examples of good practice in the use of open data, the impact of open data needs to be strengthened by providing support to local and regional open data initiatives, by creating a network of open data officers and strengthening training of officials at all levels, by promoting the use of open data in the business environment, by ensuring the sustainability of a national open access portal through interaction with a large number of users and by publishing value-added data sets on the portal.

The entire report is available at the following link.