The last few months have seen a huge amount of discussion on the future of the European Union with events in Greece putting views in sharp focus. In the UK citizens will have a chance to make their views known in the referendum to be held by the end of 2017. We have some time therefore to reflect on the benefits and realities of living in the Union before we make our way to the ballot box.
So it's timely that open data should have a role in examining what we as Europeans currently think of life in Europe. The #EUlife AppChallenge is a competition, running from 1st July 2015 to 30th September 2015 to encourage you to develop innovative new apps using European Quality of Life open data that has been published with help from Eurofound and the UK Data Service .The data includes survey responses from across Europe (including all EU countries, Turkey and Iceland). The European Quality of Life Survey is conducted every four years (they have published 2007 and 2011) including:
I'm delighted to be one of the judges for the challenge and I'd really like to encourage people to access the data and create an app that uses this open data, perhaps with other open data that you already work with, to create something innovative and exciting that will have a real impact on society and helps further our understanding of how people feel, work and play together across Europe.
You can access the data here using the API Explorer or find out more about the challenge here. There is £15,000 available in prizes and the challenge closes on the 30th September. So spread the word and lets get some interesting insights on the state of the Union.