Free and Open Public Sector Master Data

Yesterday the Danish Ministry of Finance announced an agreement between local authorities and the central government to improve and link public registers of basic data and to make data available to the private sector.

Once the public authorities have tidied up, merged the data and put a stop to parallel registration, annual savings in public administration could amount to 35 million EUR in 2020.

Basic open data includes private addresses, companies’ business registration numbers, cadastral numbers of real properties and more. These master data are used for multiple purposes by public sector bodies.

Private companies and other organizations can look forward to large savings when they no longer have to buy their basic data from the public authorities.

In my eyes this is a very clever move by the authorities exactly because of the two main opportunities mentioned:

  • The public sector will see savings and related synergies from a centralized master data management approach
  • The private sector will gain a competitive advantage from better and affordable reference data accessibility and thereby achieve better master data quality.

Denmark have, along with the other Nordic countries, always had a more mature public sector master data approach than we see in most other countries around the world.

I remember I worked with the committee that prepared a single registry for companies in Denmark back in the 80’s as mentioned in the post Single Company View.

Today I work with a solution called iDQ (instant Data Quality) which is about mashing up internal master data and a range of external reference data from social networks and not at least public sector sources. In that realm there is certainly not something rotten in Denmark. Rather there is a good answer to the question about to be free and open or not to be.

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8 thoughts on “Free and Open Public Sector Master Data

  1. Flemming Vestergaard 9th October 2012 / 10:25

    Wonderful news. CPR (social security) started on 1 July 2012 with extremely cheap consumer address data cleansings here in Denmark. What you describe sounds a bit like an add on to that start…

    • Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 9th October 2012 / 11:59

      Thanks for commenting Flemming. Yes, the new price structure looks like handling fees and not a price tag on the data.

  2. Saumya Chaki 10th October 2012 / 09:31

    This is truly a remarkable development and could usher in public private participation in master data usage. It would bring significant cost savings to both public and private sector organizations. I believe that even while hiring new employees organizations can have access to master data about potential employees that could be vital in making the right choices. The list of use cases are unlimited i guess !

  3. drndark 10th October 2012 / 17:06

    Reblogged this on Drndark.

  4. Henrik Liliendahl Sørensen 8th April 2014 / 20:28

    Anna, it is here.

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