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France launches its open data portal –

France has released the beta version of its open government data website,, Joinup reports. aims to foster collaboration and innovation and to increase government transparency by facilitating access to and the re-use of public sector information. The portal brings together data from many public agencies, including the French institute for statistics INSEE, most government ministries and several state-owned companies (e.g. French railway company SNCF).

screenshot of French government open data site
Screenshot of French government open data site. Click on image for the full version.

Examples of the approximately 350,000 open data sets available on are a list of over 3,000 railway stations with geographical location, the geographical location of road accidents and a comprehensive list of books in Bibliothèque Nationale de France, France’s national library.

All data provided by the site may be freely used under the French Government’s Licence Ouverte/Open Licence.

2 Responses to France launches its open data portal –

  1. Jules January 23, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Just a shame it’s all in French! (Runs and hides …)

    • woodsy January 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

      T’as pas honte? 😉