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Jakarta Post

Poor coordination hampers implementation of open-data system: Officials

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 23, 2017   /   02:56 pm
Poor coordination hampers implementation of open-data system: Officials Holy trip: Haj pilgrims from Sumenep, Madura, embark an aircraft at Juanda International Airport in Sidoarjo regency, East Java, on Aug.9, 2016. ( Boediwardhana)

Officials expressed their concerns about poor coordination among government agencies, which they said had hampered the implementation of Indonesia’s open-data system.

The open-data system could prevent governance problems such as overlapping management. But, it would run effectively only if the government could better coordinate its institutions in implementing the system.

Hasan Afandi, the head of the pilgrimage information integrated system division at the Religious Affairs Ministry’s haj and umrah (minor haj) management division, said the government still needed to improve coordination among government institutions to prevent confusion on data sharing.

“We have experienced discrepancies, for instance, in data on pilgrim deaths during the haj season with the one provided by the Health Ministry,” he said during a discussion held at the Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry on Wednesday.

(Read also: Govt strives to implement open government system)

The implementation of the open data system has influenced the government’s haj pilgrimage management. Under the Pilgrimage Information System, which can be accessed on the Religious Affairs Ministry’s website, people can access data regarding pilgrimage activities.

“People can check how many pilgrims have passed away during a pilgrimage season. They can also see the number of pilgrims who have fallen ill. The information also includes places where they receive medical treatment,” Hasan said.

Similarly, Agung Hikmat of the Office of the  Presidential Staff said there was still overlap in the management of data among government institutions.

“On the open data implementation, we still lag behind other countries because many government institutions are slow in deciding the data that can be published.” (rdi/ebf)