The energetic and climatic challenge

19/Innovation : open data

  • Data available to everyone
    Data available to everyone
  • Examples of Open Data – courtesy of the Regional Development Agency
    Examples of Open Data – courtesy of the Regional Development Agency

Available to-ups and private individuals

France and Paris have a strong background in data handling:

  • The two primary tools for handling digital data are applied mathematics and software, both of which are centres of excellence in France;
  • Paris has a dense and active ecosystem of leading content creation companies, communications agencies, audiovisual production firms, video game producers and digital animation businesses;
  • Educational excellence produces cross-fertilisation of statistical, mathematical and computer skills;
  • Numerous academic and industrial initiatives and a growing number of incubators.

Data freely available to all

  • Researchers can find material to supplement their work and experiments;
  • Developers can use these data to create innovative services;
  • The general public and journalists can access raw data;
  • Companies can add value to these data, creating jobs and wealth for the community.

The major French groups that have open data include JCDecaux , SNCF and RATP.

A fertile environment supported by government policies

Paris opened the city’s data in June 2010 and created a web platform,, in January 2011.

Regional and departmental initiatives also illustrate the interest of government authorities in the open-data sector as a source of growth and job creation.