Oftentimes government officials are not interested in creating databases

15 april 2016 | Rossiyskaya Gazeta

“Even though that a broad range of various open data have been published on the Internet in Russia for quite some time, there is little demand for it in government, business or among the general public. A lot of people simply do not know how to use large amounts of information, missing out on lots of opportunities in the process,” Vasily Pushkin, Deputy Head of the Analytical Center, is quoted as saying by Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

Vasily Pushkin
Vasily Pushkin
Deputy Head

The newspaper quotes what the expert said at the 9th international IT Forum 2020. “Today, one reason why there is so little demand for the databases in the public domain is that there is a lot of data and a lot of it is of very poor quality. The main goal now is to create a single registry of publicly available data.” If there was a single up-to-date database, it could help solve a variety of problems. For example, you would not have to call a bunch of medical organizations to find the nearest hospital or clinic that you need for your condition.

It should also be noted that various organizations are quite happy to collect data but do not want to share it with anyone else even when it comes to open data,” the expert notes. One good example is the state procurement system that we have in Russia today: according to him, it is one of the world’s best systems at the moment.

“Oftentimes government officials are not interested in creating databases,” says Vasily Pushkin. “Sometimes municipalities do not publish open data until the Justice Department makes them do it. They have neither the desire nor the money to do it. In addition, the law does not specify today where open data should be published.”

Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta