The current state of the art offers a wide range of possibilities for analysing and evaluating data. Common technological concepts are, for example, big data analyses, central databases, computer-aided decision-making systems, or artificial intelligence. However, the possibilities offered by these digital technologies are not yet (fully) used by public authorities even though they offer added value, especially with regard to new ways of designing, planning, implementing and evaluating measures in terms of evidence-based policy-making and governance.

On the other hand, the European Commission initiated the development of a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) in 2015, which is intended to provide European scientists with access to data and data processing services. The EOSC was implemented by 2020. In the coming years, EOSC is to be communicated beyond the user group of researchers and expanded to the public and private sectors.

This is where the DECIDO project comes in: DECIDO creates a link between public authorities and EOSC by developing a web portal that gives public administrations easy access to the numerous and heterogeneous resources offered by EOSC. This enables public authorities to use already existing infrastructures, services, data and methodologies that allow them to take a more informed approach to policy-making. On the other hand, DECIDO contributes to extending the user group of the European Cloud Infrastructure to public authorities.

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