Seven Basic Data Registers are Available on the Data Distributor


With the opening of the Civil Registration System (CPR) and the Danish Cadastral Register on the Data Distributor, the users are able to retrieve and combine data from seven out of the ten basic data registers on one platform. More data will be made available on an ongoing basis towards the spring of 2019, where all basic data will be accessible from the Data Distributor.

The users of public sector data are now able to retrieve better and more cohesive basic data about properties, persons, businesses, addresses and geography from the Data Distributor. 

Since the launch of the Basic Data Programme in 2012, the public sector has been working together in order to forge cohesion and enhance the quality of public sector data. The finish line is now very close, as enabling the full display of combined data constitutes the final phase of the Basic Data Programme. The Basic Data Programme has also ensured standardisation and better quality of public sector data for both public and private users. At the same time a range of data have been released for reuse free of charge.

The launch of register data from the Civil Registration System and the Cadastral data on the Data Distributor means that the programme is on track with the revised timetable prepared by the programme partners and approved by the Danish Parliament in the autumn of 2017. 

In April and May, Denmark’s Address Register (DAR), the Central Business Register (CVR), the public assessment of real property value (VUR), ‘Danish Place Names’ (Danske Stednavne) and the Danish Administrative Units register (DAGI) made their first services available on the Data Distributor - the new joint government distribution platform developed by the Basic Data Programme.


Basic data have been released and improved

The Basic Data Programme has created cohesion across the widely used basic data registers, so that all basic data is structured in accordance with one joint data model. In practice, this means that there is one common plan for Denmark’s basic data, specifying in which register a given piece of information is to be stored. 

For example, addresses will now only be registered in Denmark’s Address Register, instead of in a number of registers keeping their own lists of valid addresses in Denmark. This will avoid double registration.

At the same time, the programme will significantly enhance the quality of data. For example, the volume of public-sector address data have been increased with up to 100,000 new addresses. In 2017, through DAWA (Danish Addresses Web API), around 5,000 IT systems sent 1.5 billion inquiries to the address registers, and use is increasing.

The enhanced address data have been linked to geographic basic data, among others, so that all addresses have a unique location on public maps. These geographic data have been released and their quality has been enhanced.

Similarly, business data in the Central Business Register (CVR) have also been released and improved. For example, information concerning the number of employees in businesses has been added, and there is a new option to register businesses with a turnover of less than DKK 50 000.

Furthermore, the Basic Data Programme involves the launch of new administrative systems. For example, implementation of the address programme entailed a new DAR client that consolidates work on address register data for municipal caseworkers.

Furthermore, in early June, the new Property Registration Portal (PREPO) was put into use. This new platform for municipalities and chartered surveyors gathers case work, reports and checks on changes for all types of real property. This enables new administrative procedures, for example display of data about new properties while they are being registered.

Read more about opening access to property data (Cadastral data)

Next summer, all basic data will be available on the Data Distributor

Up to next summer, data from the remaining property registers, i.e. the Building and Housing Register (BBR), the Property Ownership Register and the Property Location Register, will be made available on the Data Distributor. Furthermore, an ever-increasing amount of geographic data will be made available up to the second quarter of 2019.

However, users can already combine public-sector basic data about properties, persons, businesses, addresses and geography through the Data Distributor. Access to still more services will be opened on an ongoing basis.

Consequently, the Basic Data Programme is supporting the foundation of a cohesive public sector by providing access to reliable and up-to-date basic data.