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National scene: Govt to launch open data initiative

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 8 2016   /  08:59 am

The government is preparing a presidential regulation (Perpres) on open data, allowing the public to enjoy greater access to data.

The deputy chief of staff at the Executive Office of the President for analysis and oversight of strategic issues on social, cultural and ecological affairs, Yanuar Nugroho, said the Perpres would be signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo this year.

“We want the perpres on open data to be signed this year and to be fully running next year,” he said.

The idea behind open data is to improve the quality and accessibility of government data with and end goal to increase the amount of evidence-based policy. The open data initiative is needed as, according to World Resources Institute (WRI) Indonesia country chairman Nirarta “Koni” Samadhi, competing data is often seen among government institutions, even within one institution.