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General Open Data Questions

What is the reuse of public sector information?

The reuse of public sector information consists of the use by natural or legal persons of information by public sector organizations, with commercial fines or not. The reuse of public information involves activities such as copying, dissemination, modification, adaptation, extraction, rearrangement and combination of information.

What are open data?

Open data is all data that is freely available so that anyone can use, reuse and redistribute it with the only limitation, where appropriate, of the need to attribute it to its source or acknowledge its authority. Open data must be freely available to everyone without restrictions or copyright, patent or other control mechanisms.

Why reuse public data?

The reuse of public sector information facilitates the development of new products, services and solutions of high socioeconomic value. Likewise, the reuse of public data allows the knowledge and direct benefits derived from the activity of public administrations to be reverted to society in transparent conditions. In this way, reuse contributes to improving the reliability and security of the data managed by public administrations as well as contributing to a closer and more efficient design of public services.

Why the web portal

The objective of the construction of the Open Data web portal of the Fuertentura Open Island initiative is to build an Open Data Portal in which the access and reuse of the information generated in this project is published and facilitated. This portal publishes and makes available all existing information using open standard formats, facilitating its access and download and allowing its reuse by individuals as well as companies and organizations.

What sections does it offer?

The portal constitutes a single access point and meeting point between the different reusing agents of the information generated in the Fuerteventura Smart Island Initiative. In addition to the catalog of open data sets, the portal offers news, ideas, suggestions and documentation (regulations, technical guides, etc.) related to the open data initiative. The applications section contains different applications that make use of the data published on the portal. The open data portal also allows everyone to participate in the municipal initiative to open data from the participate section.

How to find an information? allows you to find the desired information in different ways. The portal is arranged in thematic sections according to the thematic categories defined in the Technical Interoperability Standard. Likewise, it is possible to access the data sets generated by each Insular Administration. Each of the sections of the portal incorporates its own free text search engine, filters and options to sort the results obtained by different criteria. Additionally, in the data catalog section, an option to search for the desired information about the data catalog is always available.

How do I access the portal's data catalog?

Access to the complete portal data catalog is in the "Data Catalog" menu of the main menu bar.

What to do in case of incidents or doubts?

The "Participate" section has been created with the intention of collecting the opinion of all users. If you have any incident or doubt you can send them through the contact form that you can find in the "Participate" section. These contributions, open to the participation of all users, are essential to improve the service and offer increasingly higher quality and useful resources.

Data catalog

What resources does the Catalog offer?

Currently, the open data portal provides access through the Public Information Catalog to multiple sets of municipal data. The portal's Data Catalog contains information from various administrations participating in the Fuerteventura Smart Island project and from different categories: tourism, culture, commerce, etc., according to the categorization defined in the Technical Interoperability Standard.

What is a dataset?

A dataset is, as its name suggests, a series of data linked together and grouped within the same information system for potential reuse. Data sets are also called "datasets".

How to register or modify a data set?

The management and administration of the data catalog and its data sets is carried out by the Administrations participating in the Initiative. To propose a modification of a data set or the creation of a new data set, it is necessary to access the "Participate" section and send the proposal. The proposals received will be analyzed for their possible inclusion in the data catalog in order to improve and expand it.

In what formats are the data published?

The publication of the data is always done in a wide variety of formats if the nature of the information so allows. The objective is to expand the possibilities of data reuse. Not all data sets are published in the same formats. To consult the formats in which a specific data set is published, it is necessary to access said data set in the portal.

Open source

For the development of the portal, CKAN has been used. This tool is open source and licensed under the GNU. Among its functionalities, the following stand out:

  • Directly link or upload multitude of datasets with different formats.
  • Preview the content of datasets directly from the website without having to download it.
  • If the data sets we upload have coordinates, display them on a map.
  • Have a REST API of the different data sets, if we upload them in CSV or XLS formats.
  • Automatically generate RDF files that will contain the URIs and pertinent information of each of the data sets.


Metadata is data that describes datasets and is necessary to inform reusers of the content of the dataset without having to enter it. It is the same concept of the bibliographic cards of the libraries. The metadata are important because they facilitate the search among all the published data sets, but also by following certain standards and norms, they facilitate understanding at a more global level, for example when they are federated in the national portal. Open data catalog applications (open data portals) already contemplate the inclusion of metadata.

  • The DCAT-AP standard allows the description of catalogs of public sector datasets in Europe.
  • The Technical Standard for Interoperability of Reuse of Information Resources establishes the Spanish rules for data catalogues. This Standard includes references to the application of DCAT-AP at the Spanish level and also establishes some other parameters to be met.

The open data portal of the Island Council of Fuerteventura is federated with