About Open Data

E-Government refers to the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as a tool to achieve more efficient government processes, higher quality of public services, and higher citizen engagement. As government agencies transform their process and public services into e-services, they produce, maintain and update huge amount of data electronically. The term ‘Open Data’ describes the concept that this data should be made available for public to access, reuse, and redistribute without any restrictions. Open Data policy provides the basis for public participation and collaboration in the creation of innovative, value-added services.

What is Open Government Data?

Open Data is data that can be accessed, reused, and redistributed by anyone, for any purposes, including commercial reuse, free of charge and without any restrictions. Open Data refers to datasets that are held in government databases.

Dimensions of Open Government Data

Government agencies such as ministries, municipalities, and other government authorities produce, maintain and update huge amounts of data. Some examples of data include:

  • National statistics,
  • Budgetary information,
  • Geographical data,
  • Laws and Regulations, and
  • Data about education and transport.

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