It is via this Cyprus Mail article that I’ve learned that not only Cyprus has an official Open Data portal, but that it’s also the best in Europe:
Cyprus is one of the top five European Union countries in the field of Open Data for 2018, while the new National Open Data Portal data.gov.cy scored highest among 31 open data portals in Europe, a special honour and recognition for the Open University of Cyprus (OUC) that developed and implemented the National Open Data Portal in collaboration with the public administration and personnel department of the finance ministry.
So far I’ve only had a quick look around, and I have to say that it’s quite impressive! Even though most of it is in Greek, Google Chrome translation handles it nicely. Here are a couple of interesting bits to get you started:
The Global Airport Database is a collection of data about all (???) airports in the world, big and small. It covers a total of 9,300 airports worldwide.
That’s pretty interesting. For example, how many airports do you think there are in Cyprus? Obviously, there is the Larnaca International Airport and Paphos International Airport. Then, there is one in Nicosia, which is not functioning since the island was divided. And there is one in Acrotiri on the British military base. Four, right? Well, the Global Airport Database has a total of 7 (!!!) entries for the country of Cyprus:
The Paphos District Court has issued an injunction against social media giant Facebook, ordering the company to remove a number of offensive comments posted on a local business profile, aimed at a local man.
The comments, posted on February 4, accuse the man of criminal activities. The original post was still on Facebook on Wednesday morning. It has over 1,000 shares.
Charalambos Savvides of the Ch. P. Savvides & Associates LLC law firm, which handled the case, told the Cyprus Mail that Facebook was not only required to remove the comments but also take steps to ensure that future related comments were taken down immediately.
The case concerns comments on Facebook made against a bar owner from Paphos who became the target of a hate campaign which attracted thousands of users who shared and liked the page. The man in question was, according to those who had got the ball rolling on popular social media site, committing various crimes around the town and especially against competing bars.
He was also accused of being a police informant that was getting special protection in the town despite his ‘known illegal activities’.
The man has denied all the allegations against him.