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This year marks the 11th anniversary of Open Data Day. The event was celebrated by the international data community across the world on 6 March 2021.

Open Data Day is an international annual event where data enthusiasts gather to connect and build new solutions to complex social issues by using open data. The event aims to show the benefits of open data (such as an increase in efficiency, transparency, innovation, and economic growth) and to encourage the adoption of open data policies in various government bodies, businesses, and civil societies. Open Data Day takes place globally and includes talks, seminars, hackathons, demonstrations, and training on different tracks selected for that year. In addition, there are announcements of open data releases or other milestones in open data. Moreover, all outputs from Open Data Day 2021 are open for everyone to re-use.

As with previous years, a support scheme was available for organisers of events related to the following four tracks that open data can help solve:

  • Environmental data: helping the world become more environmentally sustainable
  • Tracking of public money flows: enhancing transparency
  • Open mapping: developing better communities with the power of maps
  • Data for equal development: highlighting pressing issues on a local, national or global level

This year’s Open Data Day celebrated open data and provided plenty of discussion opportunities on how to continue creating and promoting open data to address complex societal issues, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, around the world. Open Data Day 2021 had over 300 registered events across the world, of which over 50 events took place in Europe.

The Advanced Technology for Industry (ATI) project focuses on the advanced technologies that will enable and help industries to successfully manage a shift towards a digitalised, low-carbon and knowledge-based economy. In this regard, the ATI website publishes policy briefs about national and regional policy measures focused on a specific policy challenge, technological area or mode of implementation.