Euroalert.net: Aggregating Public Procurement Data to Deliver Commercial Services to SMEs

Euroalert.net: Aggregating Public Procurement Data to Deliver Commercial Services to SMEs

José Luis Marín (Gateway Strategic Consultancy Services, Spain), Mai Rodríguez (Gateway Strategic Consultancy Services, Spain), Ángel Marín (Gateway Strategic Consultancy Services, Spain), Ramón Calmeau (EXIS-TI, Spain), Jose María Alvarez (WESO RG, University of Oviedo, Spain) and José Emilio Labra (WESO RG, University of Oviedo, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2119-0.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter aims to describe a use case of information re-use in the field of public procurement in the European Union (EU). It describes how the lack of a pan-European information platform providing one single access point to EU public procurement notices, hampers the access for companies to this market, especially for SMEs. To bring one possible solution to this significant issue, Euroalert.net– a company powered by open data –, is currently developing commercial services fuelled by the re-use of public sector information (PSI) related to public procurement. The chapter also describes 10ders information Services (10ders IS), a Euroalert.net R&D project aimed at building a pan-European platform to aggregate public procurement information data generated by hundreds of thousands of contracting authorities in the EU.
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Introduction

Euroalert.net (Euroalert.net, 2012) (ISSN 1988-3382) is a brand owned by Gateway Strategic Consultancy Services, S.L. (Gateway, 2012), which is focused in delivering innovative and cost-effective information services. These innovative services are designed to add value to public sector information generated within the framework of public contracts published by government bodies in EU Member States, as well as within the activities and policies developed under an EU general framework. Euroalert.net monitors, processes, and stores information in four main areas: (1) News about EU Institutions activity, (2) EU Legislation, (3) EU Funding opportunities and (4) Public Contracts issued in EU Member States.

The use case described in this chapter is specifically focused on public procurement information which, by itself, is a big challenge to be solved in order to provide new customized services to organizations and companies across Europe. Once processed, all data about public procurement is indexed, enriched, mashed-up and repackaged to deliver products under the brand 10ders, mainly focusing in SMEs market.

Although they might seem apparently unrelated, there are two main driving forces in this context which are crucial in order to understand why Euroalert.net decided to meet the challenge and build such a platform to contribute to a more competitive EU single market. These two elements are, on the one hand, the EU political determination to modernise and simplify public procurement rules as a way to support growth and employment (European Commission, 2011) and, on the other, the development of the European Commission Open Data Strategy (European Commission, 2011b).

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