EU awards consortium including Agiledrop with 6-year contract to work on the European Data Portal
The framework contract award highlights Agiledrop’s commitment to utilizing the power of open source software for the benefit of Open Data
Capgemini Invent just announced that the Publications Office of the European Union has awarded them a six-year framework contract to continue the development of the European Data Portal and related consultancy and research work into a new service: Data.Europa.EU.
We’re proud to announce that Agiledrop is part of the consortium led by Capgemini Invent that will deliver the project. It will combine the two European data portals, and their efforts towards facilitating open data publication and re-use in Europe.
Capgemini Invent, the digital innovation, consulting and transformation brand of the Capgemini Group, will lead the six-year engagement, coordinating the project consortium.
The new Data.Europa.EU, to be launched in spring of 2021, will integrate the pre-existing European Data Portal and European Union Open Data Portal into a single, coherent core component of the public sector data infrastructure that has been set up by the European Union, its institutions and Member States. Like its predecessors, it will offer three key pillars:
- Access to public data resources across Europe via the single point of contact, which is the portal itself, offering over 1 million datasets across 36 countries, 6 EU institutions and 79 other EU bodies and agencies;
- Support to EU institutions and Member States via the set-up of communities of practice of national open data portal and policy owners, training and consultancy to improve, sustain and document data publishing practices;
- Evidence of the socio-economic benefits of re-using public data resources and various stimuli to foster and showcase uptake and value creation.
The goal of Data.Europa.EU is to leverage this three-pillar approach to support the creation and improvement of processes, products and services re-using public data resources to create economical, societal, political, and environmental impact. The more this impact is documented and understood, the further access, discoverability and data uptake will increase.
The latest Capgemini Invent study published in 2020 as part of the European Data Portal estimated a value between 199 (baseline scenario) and 334 (high growth scenario) billion EUR in market size for open data in Europe in 2025.
“We are honored to have been invited to join this consortium by Capgemini Invent and to get the opportunity to participate in a project as impactful as Open Data. Having been working in the open-source world for over a decade now, we’re keenly aware of the importance of freely available information, and this is why we’re particularly excited about being able to contribute to the Open Data movement”, says Marko Bahor, Managing Director of Agiledrop.
Beyond delivering improvements to the pre-existing two services, the agreement will continue including the measurement of open data maturity in Europe and the socio-economic impact of open and shared data in Europe in light of the current and planned developments.
Assistance will be given equally to European countries where specific attention should be paid to improving the discoverability of data and improving data portals to foster re-use of public data resources within each respective country and community.
Capgemini Invent leads the project’s Consortium, in partnership with INTRASOFT International, including Fraunhofer FOKUS, OMMAX, con terra, 52°North, Agiledrop, Timelex, the Lisbon Council, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and Capgemini’s global design leader Idean and the Cybersecurity Services.
As long-time open-source advocates, Agiledrop specializes in the Drupal CMS and is very active in its community through code contributions, event organizations and sponsorships, knowledge sharing, and more.
We provide high-end digital experiences based on Drupal in combination with highly capable front-end technologies, e-commerce frameworks and powerful back-end technologies for government and non-government organizations, agencies, and media and publishing firms from Europe and North America.
Headquartered in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Agiledrop’s team boasts over 65 members working from four offices in Slovenia, the majority of them being engineers and developers. Our three founders all come from technical backgrounds, and so technology proficiency and an innovative, solution-oriented outlook are integral factors of Agiledrop’s work.
We are one of Slovenia’s leading and fastest-growing software development companies and we’re also very active in the local development community, spreading the word about Drupal and open-source software to new generations of development enthusiasts.
One of our main goals is to facilitate the entry into the world of programming for aspiring developers by providing local offices all across the country and elaborate onboarding programs for a wide range of technologies.
Key to Agiledrop’s success is our strong company culture of collaboration and knowledge sharing. Team members are encouraged to support and learn from each other, which results in a cross-pollination of experience and a strong team spirit.
Throughout the years, our team has collaborated and delivered multiple projects for organizations such as UNESCO and SAGE Publications.
For Agiledrop, being part of this consortium is the culmination of our long-standing commitment to open source and a true testament to our high degree of expertise and professionalism.