A series of workshops on open data was completed in the Analytical Center

10 april 2015

A series of workshops on open data was completed in the Analytical Center. The final event was devoted to the publication of open data, guidelines, problems and possible solutions.

During the event, experts viewed the most common errors in the publication of datasets on the open data portal of the Russian Federation and considered ways to address them. Experts also discussed guidelines for the publication of datasets.

"The whole process of publishing open data should start in a new way", said Vasily Pushkin, the Deputy Head of the Analytical Center. "We are looking forward to it, because the work with the data should be organized, especially in terms of enriching our own data sets and our own information resources." The expert noted that it is necessary to organize the work, to form a high quality data sets and share them with other agencies.

Yuri Linkov, the representative of JSC "Gosbook" told about the preparation for publication of open data. According to him, all the information should be taken from the industry's department of the state authority. "That is industry's data, which are represented either as automated information system or as information resource", said the expert. The information in the system should be just prepared for publication: select attributes that are considered open, make a list of them, make a normal discharge in a machine-readable format. And then generate multiple sets, describe them as a structure and transfer to professionals. But the situation with data from Information Resources is different. They need to be prepared from scratch: to prepare a data and transfer into a machine-readable format."

Mr. Linkov also identified the most frequent errors in the publication of data. They include filling a passport without a prepared machine-readable file of a set and structure, selecting data attributes without using of nationwide and industry directories and standards. "There are errors when converting files, for example, because of extra spaces. It is also necessary to keep updating data constantly, because its absence leads to the rapid obsolescence of information", said the expert.

Mr.Linkov also spoke about the main stages of work with open data on the Open data Portal of the Russian Federation, focusing on the application for the provision of extended rights to publish, and filling and editing passport of the set.

The series of workshops was attended by representatives of federal and regional authorities, concerned government agencies, public organizations and the scientific community in the field of information technology. The event was organized by the Analytical Centre for the Government of the Russian Federation in conjunction with the Ministry of Economic Development and the Open Government. The first workshop on March 26 was devoted to main trends of development of open data in the world. During the second one - on April 2 - experts discussed problems of legal regulation of work with open data.