e-Learning on the ESPON Database Portal
Open territorial data for data-journalism



10 April 2019 - 9:00am to 11 April 2019 - 6:00pm

Open territorial data for data journalism

ESPON launched an open data portal that would allow journalists to monitor and analyse social, economic and environmental developments at local, regional, national and European level. Our datasets are available to you as downloads (csv, xls, map layers in JSON and shp files) and as an API.


This training will be particularly useful for you if you:

  •  wish to develop narratives based on a comparable view of European regional policy developments;
  •  wish to gain access to data that would allow you to analyse social, economic and environmental developments at local, regional, national and European level;
  •  specialise on one or more of these topics: migration, climate change, youth unemployment, population decline, economic and environmental trade-offs, foreign direct investment, small and medium-sized business, low-carbon and circular economy, poverty and deprivation, healthcare and public services, multimodal transport and accessibility;
  •  wish to make data checks;
  •  are interested in developing new skills in territorial data analysis, data interpretation and presentation and gaining first insights into data web services and geographic information system (GIS) software.



This activity will be implemented via 2 webinar sessions:

  • 10th April 2019 (10.00 - 12.00)
  • 11th April 2019 (10.00 - 12.00)





Good to know

  • The e-learning is free of charge.
  • The training will be conducted in English.
  • IT equipment needed (QGIS download)


ESPON Database Portal

The ESPON Database Portal unleashes the potential of the original ESPON data (not found elsewhere), including up-to-date sets of base indicators with complete time-series on themes including demography, economy, the environment and others, covering the ESPON space (European Union plus Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein).

The data included in the ESPON Database originates from European institutions such as EUROSTAT and EEA complemented with data from all ESPON projects. This training will introduce the functionalities of the database portal in an effort to ensure an autonomous use of the portal in future.

This database includes more than 700 indicators grouped in 12 thematic categories, easy to discover and navigate through a user-friendly interface, which allows visualization through graphics and maps.


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