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"Moldova’s Governance e-Tranformation (GeT) project is intended to modernize and improve public services in Moldova, give citizens access to government documents and data for effective public use, improve the investment climate, and increase global competitiveness. The GeT project is a fascinating story of government leadership and cutting edge transformational innovation and almost a textbook example of how Bank-facilitated knowledge sharing can catalyze reforms and results on the ground. While this project has benefited from the lessons of Bank-supported e-governance operations worldwide and is still in the early implementation phase—the GeT initiative also includes features that are new to Bank-funded projects: open data and cloud computing which are already showing great promise. 

In April 2011, Moldova became one of the first countries in the region to launch an 
open data portal. “The initiative is aimed at opening government data for citizens and improving governance and service delivery,” says Stela Mocan, executive director of the newly created e-Government Center of Moldova supported by the GeT project. The ministries are under a directive to release three new datasets a month. Under the Bank supported “BOOST” project the Ministry of Finance recently released a substantial resource—a spreadsheet of more than one million lines, detailing all public spending data from the past five years. "Publishing information about public funds will increase transparency,” says Prime Minister Filat. Open Data initiative continues to evolve dynamically, having led to the publication online of 155 data sets from 20 agencies (http://data.gov.md) by December 2011. The Open Data portal has had about 16,000 visitors and almost 23,000 downloads in less than a year since the its launch. As a means of promoting citizen-centric innovation, the Bank's Civil Society Fund and Innovation Fund are supporting the development of applications for transparency and social accountability in governance. Various elements of the Open Data ecosystem are being developed in parallel, including Apps competitions, TechCamps, open data hackathons, training workshops and “killer apps” such as Alerte.md and CheckMySchool. A detailed case study on Moldova Open Data is being prepared by the World Bank Institute. 

The phased establishment of the “cloud computing” infrastructure (M-Cloud)—in which applications and data are accessible from multiple network devices -- is expected to enable government agencies to deliver electronic services faster and more efficiently.  M-Cloud will be eventually shared by all ministries and agencies of the Government.  This will save valuable resources, because individual ministries will not need to set up multiple data centers—and the cloud infrastructure will provide data back-up for many of these ministries.  The 'M' refers to the fact that the Cloud:  (a) will be located in Moldova; (b) will initially be a mini-cloud, starting small but gradually expanding to cover the growth in services; and (c) will incorporate a mobile delivery system, to enable people that do not have access to the Internet to get services through mobile phones.  The M-Cloud will have several advantages over the traditional systems:
a. Reduction in time to procure computing capacity for government agencies, allowing more agile application and service development /deployment cycles;
b. Clear line of sight to costs of computing resources;
c. Reduction in costs of power, cooling and space requirements.
d. Better utilization of skilled IT personnel, as Ministries do not have to maintain expensive staff and support systems to maintain their own data centers and sophisticated terminals;
e. Increase in the availability of the IT systems in cases of disasters or failures, because of the use of the Cloud for backup;
f. Improved skills and capacity in both the public and private sectors to exploit emerging market opportunities in the area of cloud computing."




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