OPEN DATA INFORMATION

INTRODUCTION

Title I of Act 19/2013, dated 9 December, on transparency, access to public information and good governance (within whose subjective scope of application the Senate falls, with regard to its activities that are subject to administrative Law), sets out the general principles of active publicity, including the re-use of public information..

The Senate’s Open Data Portal makes a range of data catalogues available to the general public and to enterprises in re-usable formats that are regularly updated.

WHAT ARE OPEN DATA?

The goal of the open data initiative is for any information handled by the Public Administrations to be available and re-usable by all members of the general public and enterprises with no technical or legal restrictions. To this end, and following the recommendations of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), it is necessary for published data to be in open and machine-readable formats, as in the case of XML (Extensible Markup Language).

WHAT ARE THE SENATE’S OPEN DATA?

The Senate’s open data catalogues are grouped together into four categories:

  • Parliamentary activity: Information relating to Plenary Sitting and Permanent Deputation parliamentary activity, Committees and Reporting Bodies, legislative initiatives, official publications, etc.
  • Composition and organisation: Information relating to Senators, Parliamentary Groups, political parties, and Parliamentary Administration.
  • Relations with the general public: Information relating to Senators and citizen participation.
  • Economic information: Financial figures relating to Senate Budgets and their status of implementation.

HOW MAY THE DATA BE RE-USED?

The open data catalogues published by the Senate may be freely re-used and re-distributed by any person, without copyright or patent restrictions or any other control mechanisms, as long as the following conditions are respected:

  • The sense of the information is not distorted;
  • Sources are quoted;
  • Mention is made of the last date at which the data were updated, where this is available;
  • No suggestion or indication is made that the owner of the data either sponsors or supports the re-use being undertaken.

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