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Moldova Open Government Data Workshop

MOLDOVA e-Transformation Workshop Series

Open Government Data in Moldova

 as a Tool for Efficiency and Transparency

October 18, 2010

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The World Bank and the Government of Moldova invite participants to “Open Government Data as a Tool for Efficiency and Transparency” workshop to take place on October 18 2010, 3-5 pm local time (8-10 am ET) at the World Bank office in Moldova or via live webcast, Twitter or Adobe Connect. The purpose of the event is to increase awareness of Open Government Data, get inspiration from other parts of the world, and start planning for the opening of official data in Moldova.

Several influential thinkers on the power of Open Data, information visualization, and innovations in governance and development will present their ideas of how Open Government Data can help transform Moldova. The event will feature senior ICT experts from the World Bank, champions of successful Open Data initiatives and representatives of government agencies and private ICT companies from Moldova. Among other issues, the event will discuss various benefits of Open Government Data, ways in which this can be achieved and step-by-step implementation process of Open Government Data project in Moldova. 

2010 has been a big year for open government data. Around the world governments and public bodies have been opening up official datasets for the public to reuse. There has been an explosion of new applications, competitions and other initiatives from local authorities, central government departments, international bodies and others. The importance of Open Government Data for enabling innovation, accountability, and good governance has been recognized globally. For example, opening of government data can spark the emergence of a whole range of innovative applications, including mobile apps, GIS-enabled mashups etc. 

The World Bank’s Open Data Initiative was launched on April 20, 2010 with great success. With open access to key databases such as the World Development Indicators, Africa Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, and Doing Business, the site has attracted more than 250,000 visitors. Visitors to the site can easily find, download, manipulate, use, and re-use the data compiled by the World Bank, without restriction.

Government of Moldova has embarked on reforms to improve transparency and public participation in governance as a mean to reduce corruption. One way to improve collection and presentation of statistics and other official data in Moldova is an Open Government Data Initiative where citizens and businesses can access statistical data and downloadable datasets free of charge. For transparency to matter, it is important not only to make data readily available but also to make it available in a format that allows researchers and the public to interact with it. Open Government Data is in line with the national legislation, especially article 11 of the Law on the access to information which mentions that data providers (state authorities) have to inform Moldovan nationals about issues of public interest in an active, correct and timely manner.

Recorded webcast will be available at: 

AGENDA (all times Washington DC)

Workshops Moderators:

Stela Mocan, Executive Director of the e-Governance Center and Oleg Petrov, Team Leader for Moldova Governance E-Transformation Project, World Bank

8:00 – 8:10 Welcoming remarks by Vice Minister of ICT Dona Scola and Randeep Sudan,  e-Government Practice Leader, World Bank

8:10 – 8:20 Introduction to Open Government Data by Kristin Sinclair, Governance Operations Officer, World Bank

8:20 – 8:25 Video clip with Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web

8:25 – 8:45 Examples from around the world (through video conference)
Edward Charles Anderson, Global ICT @World Bank and Soren Gigler, World Bank Institute

8:45 – 8:55 Example from Philippines: CheckMySchool project, Dondon Parafina, ANSA-EAP (including 3 min video)

8:55 – 9:10 The Benefits of Opening Government Data in Moldova. Eugeniu Hristev, General Director Trimetrica

9:10 – 10:00 Open Discussion:
  How will Open Government Data benefit Moldova?
  How can this be done?
 What are the obstacles?
 What are next steps?

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