The Danish public sector has a long tradition for registering high quality information on Denmark and its citizens. These registrations are digital and stored in vast public registers, such as the Civil Registration System, the Central Business Register, and the Building and Dwelling Register. These constitute some of Denmark’s digital resources.
With the Basic Data Programme, basic registrations about Denmark and its citizens are combined under the common term Basic Data. This means that data is standardised so it can be combined and used coherently. Relations between various Basic Data are clear, so it is, for example, possible to see that a person
owns a house
, which is located on a street
. Along with the combining of registers, the quality of data is improved and new data is added. This way you can be sure that the data you use is correct, complete, and up to date.
On top of this, Basic Data is made easily available and is, as a guiding rule, free to use for everyone – authorities, businesses, citizens. Data is distributed via the shared distribution platform, the Data Distributor, from where it can safely and easily be used – with respect for personal and sensitive information.
The Basic Data Program paves the way for new opportunities. It gives the public sector a better starting point for making its administration more effective. In municipalities, regional authorities, and central government, the Basic Data Programme can deliver economic benefits of around 250 million DKK a year. At the same time, private businesses are given the opportunity to use free Basic Data in developing new smart solutions and products. This way the Basic Data Programme can also contribute to growth and innovation in the private sector.
By the fourth quarter of 2016, data on citizens and businesses as well as maps and other geographical data will be available from the Data Distributor.
By the second quarter of 2017, data on addresses and property will also be available on the Data Distributor.