Author(s): Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

Resource Type: Case studies

Countries: State of Palestine

SDG: GOAL 16. Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

Keywords: Access to Information, Transparency, Accountability

2018

Open Government Data Initiative - Palestine

Source in Arabic:   ESCWA-OECD Case Study - Open Government Data Initiative, Palestine

The Open Government Data Initiative was launched in 2018 with an aim of promoting innovation and strengthening the ability of institutions to facilitate access to government and economic data through an online portal, which, in turn, leads to increasing transparency and improving the economic situation in Palestine. This initiative will also contribute to enhancing government performance, public trust, job opportunities for youth, as well as supporting foreign investment and the business environment.  It also promotes creativity, innovation and scientific research for the benefit of all stakeholders in their use of open government data for developing new services.

Implementation: 2018

Contributor(s)

A national team for open government data was established under the leadership of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, with a membership comprising the ministries of Education, Finance, Labour, Agriculture, National Economy, Tourism and Antiquities, Higher Education, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the Palestinian Investment Promotion Agency, the General Personnel Council, the Palestine Monetary Authority. A number of civil society organizations have also contributed to this initiative, namely the Birzeit University's Center for Continuing Education, Leaders International, and all Palestinian organizations.

Purpose

This initiative aims to support public institutions in opening government data and making them available for all relevant stakeholders, improve government performance, create job opportunities for youth, promote foreign investment, and encourage innovation and scientific research.

Functions

As part of the implementation of this initiative, an open government data platform was developed, and training was provided in data processing, disaggregation, and dissemination. Additionally, a policy paper for open government data was prepared, as well as a draft for the Right to Access Information Law to set the ground for enacting a law on personal data protection.
A number of activities in this area are expected to be undertaken:

  • Launching an open government data platform and providing training for the national team on the data analysis and dissemination mechanism, and on using the platform.
  • Providing necessary support for all parties concerned with data disaggregation and updating on the platform.
  • Improving ministries infrastructure and developing the legal framework to support the platform’s development and the sustainability of open data dissemination.
  • Establishing a network of public institutions committed to the open data policy.

Clients

  • Governmental and non-governmental institutions.
  • Entrepreneurs.
  • Citizens.
  • Technical applications developers.
  • Business and industrial sectors.

Outcome

  • Training the national team for open data and its related committees.
  • Adopting the open data policy.
  • Building the capacity of public institutions on disseminating open data and making them more easily accessible.
  • Enhancing accountability and following a participatory approach in public institutions.
  • Raising public awareness on open data through organizing seminars and workshops.
  • Providing a consolidated platform giving everyone access to the open data.
  • Informing entrepreneurs of new investment opportunities.
  • Expanding businesses and developing new goods and services.
  • Adopting new data-driven methods for decision making.

Challenges

  • Adopting the right to access information law and the law on personal data protection.
  • Availability of financing and of open data experts.

Useful links

Palestine Open Data Portal

 

 

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