Participating in the Eurostat Hackday? Please sign up here! If you have any ideas, you can add them to the pad.

If you are participating in the event, you may wish to join the IRC channel by connecting an IRC client to #okfn on irc.oftc.net or via using your web browser via this link.

If you make something interesting, please send links/screenshots to eurostat (at) okfn (dot) org, so we can document what people have done!

What is Eurostat?

Eurostat is the largest source of statistical information about European member states. It contains detailed comparative information on everything from tonnes of fish caught per year to the length of our railway lines, from how much energy we consume to how happy we are.

What is the Eurostat Hackday?

On the 16th December 2010 a bunch of independent coders, designers and other interested parties in a number of different European cities will gather to brainstorm and build useful and interesting things using the Eurostat data.

How can I join in?

If you’re interested in joining in, please register here:

You can also add ideas to the pad and come and say hello on our euopendata mailing list.

Where are events taking place?

So far there are events planned in:

  • Athens – Location TBC.
  • Berlin – Erkelenzdamm 59-61 – 10999 Berlin
  • Edinburgh- University of Edinburgh School of Informatics, 10 Crichton Street Edinburgh EH8 9AB
  • Liverpool – Meeting Room 3, 1st floor, IC2, Liverpool Science Park, 146 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, L3 5RF
  • LondonCentre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton Street, London, WC1X 9NG (directions)
  • Your city here! – Let us know if you are interested in hosting an event…

Can I join in if there isn’t an event in my area?

All the events will be connected via an IRC channel, so you can join in wherever you are! Just point your IRC client to #okfn on irc.oftc.net or connect using your web browser via this link.

If I want to organise an event in my area, what do I need to do?

We don’t anticipate you’ll need much to organise an event. The main thing is to have a space big enough for your participants with a decent internet connection.

Where can I find the data?

You can find links to the Eurostat data and various mirrors/versions in various different formats by searching for ‘eurostat’ on CKAN.

I have a question about the data. Can you help me?

Eurostat have kindly agreed to provide special support and help for people who are using the data as part of the event.

If you have a question about the data, you can contact Eurostat:

  • Via email:
    • Please email estat-user-support@ec.europa.eu with “ESTATHD:” in the subject line.
    • Eurostat will try to give an immediate response, but the reaction speed depends on the question.
  • Via telephone:
    • You can call directly on: +352 4301 36789 from 9:00-12:00 and then from 14:00-17:30 CET
    • Where possible Eurostat will try to give an immediate response, but some questions have to be transferred to other departments. Answers about statistical methodology will not be given by phone, so it will be more efficient if such questions are sent by email.
  • Via IRC
    • Support will be available via the #okfn IRC channel (#okfn on irc.oftc.net) from 11:00-19:00 CET. Please ping the user JohnAllen for help!

Where can I add notes or ideas?

You can add notes, ideas or list yourself at the following pad:

Is there a tag/hashtag?

We’re currently using #eurostat as the tag/hashtag for Twitter, blogposts, media, etc.

Who’s behind it?

The Eurostat Hackday is currently being organised by:

If you’d like us to add your project or your organisation to this list, please let us know!

Eurostat will provide a direct helpline via phone, email and IRC to facilitate working with the data as part of the event.

How can I contact the organisers?

You can drop us a line on eurostat at okfn dot org. We’d much prefer you to use the euopendata mailing list if your question or request can be made public.