Category Archives: Data

Data Roaming Charges Abolished in the EU

Roaming factsheet detail
Factsheet detail © European Commission

As of today, (15th June 2017) data roaming charges for all travellers in the European Union have been abolished, as part of the wider project to create a Digital Single Market. The European Commission has produced a couple of useful factsheets (see links at bottom of article) on what this entails. However, as this BBC article explains, customers are still liable for extra charges if they exceed their contractually agreed data usage limits.

As the BBC article also points out, once article 50 has been fully implemented, it will be the up to a future UK Government to decide as to whether the UK adopts these pricing restrictions or not.

Roaming factsheet: TechnicalroamingfactsheetEN

Roam Like at Home FAQs: RoamLikeatHomeEN

 

EPRS circular economy infographic

Circular-economy
Representation of a linear economy

The European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS) has produced an interactive infographic to highlight the EU’s journey towards a circular economy and what that entails:

In a circular economy, products and the materials they contain are highly valued. This contrasts with the traditional, linear economic model, which is based on a “take-make-consume-throw away” pattern. – EPRS press release

Explore the concept of a circular economy with the animated infographic here.

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.

open the visualisation