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EU to make all public data available in digital formats

Jennifer Baker | Dec. 13, 2011
European Union member states will be forced to digitize all their government data it was revealed on Monday.

A number of countries including the United Kingdom and the Netherlands have already created portal websites on accessible data, while last week France launched a portal exactly along the lines of the Commission's proposal. But other member states lag and only make their data available in paper format.

If approved by the European Parliament and the member states, the proposal is likely to come into effect in 2013. Member states would then have 18 months to implement it into their national legislation.


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