DCAT Application Profile for Data Portals in Europe (DCAT-AP)

The DCAT Application Profile for data portals (DCAT-AP) is a specification based on the Data Catalogue vocabulary (DCAT) for describing public sector datasets in Europe. Its basic use case is to enable cross-data portal search (primary Open Data Portals) for data sets and make public sector data better searchable across borders and sectors. This can be achieved by the exchange of descriptions of datasets among data portals.

Type of content: Assets
Type of asset:
Code list / Ontology / Taxonomy / Vocabulary
Big data potential
Policy domains: International Issues and Defense Institutional Questions / Internal Affairs
Phase in the policy cycle:
Policy Monitoring and Evaluation
Implementation/customisation cost
Open license availability
Ease of use
Tags: BI Data analytics IT
SWOT Analysis for
DCAT Application Profile for Data Portals in Europe (DCAT-AP)
Helpful Harmful
Strengths• Solutions are open source and available free of charge to any interested public administration in Europe.
• Data catalogues can describe their dataset collections using a standardised description, while keeping their own system for documenting and storing them.
• Content aggregators, such as the European Data Portal, can easily aggregate such descriptions into a single point of access.
• Data consumers can more easily search and find datasets by using the same parameters on different portals thanks to a harmonised vocabulary.
Weaknesses• Focus mainly on public administration in Europe
• Integration with existing applications
Opportunities• User-centric design
• Increasing number of data portals
• Magnitude of available datasets
Threats• Competition
• Data privacy

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