The Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal is a Brussels-based think tank and policy network. Established in 2003 in Belgium as a nonprofit, nonpartisan association, the group is dedicated to making a positive contribution through cutting-edge research and by engaging political leaders and the public at large in a constructive exchange about the economic and social challenges of the 21st century.
Today, data is produced at an unprecedented scale and speed. It is copied and transferred at zero cost in real time and has become a basic tool used in every government department. Yet government agencies remain reluctant to share the data they hold with other agencies. This paper looks at why data sharing is important, how it can be achieved, the opportunities of big data for the public sector, the main barriers to adoption, and policy conclusions for further work.