Monthly Archives: September 2015

The EU Open Data Portal


Visit the EU Open Data Portal
Do you need to find and reuse EU Data for your research?

The EU Open Data Portal offers, a free, single point of access to a wide range of data held by EU Institutions and bodies. In general you can reuse data free of charge, for commercial or non-commercial purposes, provided you acknowledge the source.

One of the advantages of this portal is that it enables you to link data from various sources automatically that can then be used in a new and creative way.

Useful leaflets about the EU Open Data Portal are available from the EU Bookshop: EU open data portal: The data hub of the European Union and Unleash the potential of your data with the EU open data portal.

Here’s a short explanatory video from the European Commission:

And you can click on the image below to have a look at an example of Open Data Portal reuse.

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Get inspired by science at Explorathon ’15

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This Friday marks the 10th Anniversary of European Researchers’ Night. Funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Programme,  celebrations take the form of shows, talks, debates and hands-on sessions in cities all over Europe. The aim is to stimulate interest in research careers particularly among young people.

Aberdeen University is taking part again this year, with events happening in Satrosphere, Union Square, Café Drummond, Belmont Filmhouse, the Maritime Museum and other locations. Browse the complete schedule here.

To get in you in the mood, here’s a collection of articles compiled in the run up to last year’s event.

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Last years Explorathon event in Satrosphere

In the news –a case to watch: Minimum Unit Price for Alcohol *UPDATE*

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© Copyright Dave Morris and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

In 2012 the Scottish Government passed legislation to introduce minimum pricing unit pricing for alcohol as part of its strategy to reduce alcohol consumption and the harm associated with over consumption. The minimum unit price was set at 50p

The Scotch Whisky Association challenged the legality of this. (The Scotch Whisky Association v Lord Advocate 2013 S.L.T. 776). This legal bid was rejected. However, this decision has been appealed on the grounds that it breaches EU law as it would be a barrier to the free movement of goods. The Court of Session made a request for a preliminary ruling from the European Court of Justice in July last year.

UPDATE: On the 3rd of September the Advocate General issued his opinion that minimum unit pricing would only be legal under EU law if it could be shown that there is no other mechanism available to the Scottish Government that could achieve their desired public health benefits. Advocate General Bot also set out tests that national courts would have to apply when making their decision. Advocate General Bot’s opinion can be read in full here:

It is expected to be up to six months before the European Court of Justice gives its final ruling. The case will then be referred back to the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

Stay tuned for more updates.