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D3 Digital data project receives quality label award

open data imageD3 – Developing Digital Data literacy, is an Erasmus Plus project (2020-2023) examining the importance of teaching data literacy in schools.

After review and evaluation from the Erasmus unit, we are delighted to announce that D3 has been awarded the Erasmus Quality Label from the Flemish national agency EPOS (Eposvzw)  for the work undertaken .

D3 related to the need for information literacy for all citizens in Europe. Eradicating present-day problems such as the rise of populism and mis-information in all its forms and dimensions is one of the greatest challenges faced in Europe.

D3 sought to integrate open data, digital skills and democratic engagement in schools.

The D3 project produced four outputs for schools and teachers:quality label

IO1: Review school curricula and qualifications, open data tools
This review relates to the EC Digicomp framework and provides a capacity building tool by identifying opportunities to integrate open data and digital data tools into secondary schools and responsive to “digital data skills” gaps. Download the review

IO2: Teacher Training Course
The training course focuses on competences related to digital technologies and data literacy in initial and continuing teacher education and training
Module training units  —  An introduction to the training – Download training materials (6 languages)

IO3: Teaching resources on democratic engagement and open data
These teaching resources provide blueprints for teachers to use digital data and information tools to help build critical engagement and active citizenship.
Open Data Tools – D3 Lesson Blueprints

IO4: A Gallery of Case studiesttf image
These demonstrate pedagogical approaches for developing digital data literacy in secondary schools.
Explore the Gallery

Find out more about the follow-up open data project “Teaching the Future” which has developed a data dashboard, data tools, training materials, a pedagogical/curriculum analysis and other resources related to the challenge of accessing open data when teaching about climate change.

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Some open data projects in Europe

A number of interesting European open data projects are being developed.

An Atlas of European Values

evalue web site imageBased on the work being undertaken by the EVALUE Erasmus Plus project, an Atlas of European Values has been created based on the work of the European Values Study. The Atlas, published by Springer, has been launched on Europe Day (May 9th 2022).

The interactive online atlas is available on the EVALUE Web site at Here it is possible to select indicators, adjust the time period of the data, select specific response groups and compare maps. Some datasets are available from countries around the world.

The EVALUE Project offers teachers and students in secondary education interactive web tools and teaching materials that match curriculum need on contemporary topics like migration, democracy, solidarity, and tolerance. In addition, it provides strategies to develop their own teaching ideas.

European Court Human Rights open data

The European Court of Human Rights Open Data (ECHR-OD) project aims at providing formatted and standardised open data about the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in order to draw the attention of Data Scientists, Machine Learning practitioners as well as researchers on legal analysis and related areas.ECHR logo

ECHR-OD is guided by three core values: reusability, quality and availability.. To reach those objectives, each version of the database and datasets are carefully versioned and made publicly available, including the intermediate files, the integrality of the process and files produced are carefully documented, the script to retrieve the raw documents and build the database and dataset from scratch are open-source and carefully versioned, no data are manipulated by hand at any stage of the creation process.

Explore the European Court of Human Rights Open Data project

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Sharing D3 with the Open Data Charter Community

In January 2020 EUROGEO, as coordinator of the D3 (Developing Digital Data literacy) project applied for membership of the Open Data Charter Community. Find out more about this. EUROGEO duly became a member of the Community in April 2020 and has since regularly participated in meetings of open data experts and government officials. charter-zoom-meeting-image

In April 2022 members of the open data charter working groups shared projects they were involved in. Karl Donert, project coordinator of D3 and Vice President of EUROGEO, presented the work undertaken by the D3 project to more than 100 members of the Open Data Charter Community from around the world. The session held was online and bilingual English-Spanish.

The International Open Data Charter is a set of principles and best practices for the release of governmental open data. The charter was formally adopted by seventeen governments of countries, states and cities at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Mexico in October 2015. The initial signatories included the governments of Chile, Guatemala, France, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Uruguay, as well as the cities of Buenos Aires, Minatitlán, Puebla, Veracruz, Montevideo, Reynosa, and the Mexican states of Morelos and Xalapa.

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Open by Default;
Timely and Comprehensive;
Accessible and Usable;
Comparable and Interoperable;
For Improved Governance & Citizen Engagement;
For Inclusive Development and Innovation.

Members are engaging in promoting open data access and the core principles of the Charter.

The Charter has so far been signed by 83 Governments and 72 other organisations. The mission of the Charter is to make data open and freely available, while protecting the rights of people and communities. Included in the Charter. Find out more

In 2018 the European Union has launched an Open Data Charter Measurement Guide. This gives an overview on existing measurement tools for each Open Data Charter principle so that countries and regions can be  compared in terms of their maturity and availability of open data.  The purpose is to to compare the different indicators that are used in the five largest Open Data measurement initiatives.

Read about Open Data Maturity in Europe

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Open data on climate change from OECD

On 31 March 2022, Ministers and high-level representatives from the OECD’s 38 member countries and the European Union, as well as Bulgaria, Croatia, Peru and Romania, committed in a formal OECD Declaration to intensify their work on climate and the environment including doing more to curb biodiversity loss, address plastic pollution, align finance with environmental objectives and accelerate climate change action.

The formal OECD Declaration includes working to curb biodiversity loss, address plastic pollution, align finance with environmental objectives and accelerate climate change action with a view to keeping the 1.5°C temperature rise limit within reach. Download a copy of the complete Ministerial Declaration.

One of the main issues is in obtaining and using relevant and reliable indicators for monitoring progress on mitigating climate change impacts. To address this, the OECD has a new platform for tracking trends in c climate change.  It provides interactive information with data and trends across OECD countries. Play the short video to find out more.


Explore OECD data on climate change under the headings
– Drivers and emissions
– Impacts and risks
– Policy responses and opportunities

Interact with the OECD data at

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D3 Project Developing Open Data Teacher Training


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Partners in the Developing Digital Data Literacy are working on creating a teacher training course to connect school teaching, to the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp 2.1) and relating it to the Competence Framework for Educators (DigCompEdu).

Following the publication of a Comparative Review on the use of open data in school education , in July 2020,  and based on its findings and recommendations, a training course is being developed seeking to help secondary teachers implement digital data literacy opportunities in schools.

A wide range of freely available open data sources will be used in the training course,  such as the European Union Open Data Portal. The training course is expected to include the following modules – Being a Digital Citizen – Information and Data Literacy – Using Data for Communication and Collaboration – Digital Data Creation – Problem Solving with Digital Data  More information will follow soon.

D3 Project Publishes Comparative Review

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The first output of the D3 project has been published. It is a European review of digital data literacy opportunities in terms of school curricula, qualifications and availability of digital open data tools in secondary school. The report also addresses guidelines and a framework for inclusion of such data and related competences in secondary schools.

Both desk and field research were carried out, making  connections between the EU Digital Competence Framework (DigComp 2.0) and school curricula. The desk research included an analysis of available open data from National Ministries, legislative frameworks, as well as an identification of open data tools, digital data literacy and open data in the school environment, training courses, qualifications and curricula.

The field research involved interviews with secondary school teachers, to gather their opinions on the use of technology and open data in their school as well as their personal knowledge of informatics, the digital world and European initiatives in the field.

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