France launches its open data portal – data.gouv.fr
Data.gouv.fr 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).
Examples of the approximately 350,000 open data sets available on data.gouv.fr 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.