Disconnected open data of government agencies should be combined in a single system for the benefit of citizens, director of the National Center for E-governance Olesya Arkhypska said during a roundtable, ForUm correspondent reports.

According to the expert, the open data of government agencies today are sometimes difficult to use or even find. "Solving this problem and unifying these data in a machine readable system will allow people to plan the movement by public transport, search and pay for parking via mobile phone, assess the quality of medical services, contact the state agencies in a few clicks, etc.

To create such a system, the state (including utility structures) should standardize the publication of a large amount of background information.

"The state will receive a new market, which will attract not only software developers, but also other investors. For example, market value of open data sector in the EU makes up 68 billion euros. It is more than the value of the entire textile industry. No wonder this area is actively developing in Russia," the expert said.

She added that more than 120 countries are already using this approach on the basis of more than 400 thousand sets of open mapping, meteorological, legal, financial, transport, cultural, social and other data. "It is also an important factor of the implementation of the Open Government initiative. Development of open information systems will involve society in public administration, improve the fight against corruption, etc. So, it will enable implementing such principles of "e-government" as transparency, public participation, accountability, technology and innovation. This will be an important advance of Ukraine along its chosen path to open and accountable society of knowledge," Olesya Arkhypska summed up.


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