Experts Assess How Active Government Authorities are in Publishing Open Data

19 april 2016

The Federal Statistics Service, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Energy, Tula Oblast, and Moscow are the most active government authorities that published the most sought-after open data between January and March 2016. Experts have analyzed the Open Data Portal of the Russian Federation and compiled a rating of publications released by state authorities as open data in Q1 2016.

At the moment there are 7,000 data sets available on the portal, 766 of which were uploaded in Q1 of this year. Experts note that not only the number of data sets being published is on the increase but the quality of the portal is improving too. The relative weight of out-of-date data is falling while demand for open data is rising, which can be clearly seen in the number of views and downloads.

The three most active open data publishers in Q1 2016 were the same as in Q4 2015, namely the Federal Statistics Service, the Federal Roads Agency and the Ministry of Science and Education. The most sought-after data were those published by the Ministry of Economic Development (the List of Multifunctional Centers published by the ministry was downloaded 941 times), the Federal Service for Technical and Exports Supervision (The registry of SZKI licenses was downloaded 504 times) and the Federal Statistics Service (data on availability of vehicles were downloaded 47 times). As can be seen from these data, the leaders in the amount of published data sets differ from the publishers of the most in-demand data. As of April 1, 2016, the registry of urban CCTV cameras got most of the views (the information was published by the government of Moscow). This was followed by the list of territorial directorates of the Federal Service for Financial and Budget Supervision (the data were published by the Federal Service for Financial and Budget Supervision) and the vacancies of the national database Jobs in Russia (published by the Federal Labor and Employment Service.)

Among the Russian regions, Tula Oblast, Moscow and Tomsk Oblast published much more data than the others. The most relevant data was published by Kurgan Oblast, Republic of Karelia and Tver Oblast. It should be noted that all the data sets published by these three regions are being updated. But on the whole, the majority of Russian regions are taking their time with open data: 34 regions did not publish a single data set in 2016. 

It should be reminded that the rating is compiled by the Analytical Center on a quarterly basis using the Methodology for assessing the performance of state authorities.

To see the Open Data Publishing rating of Russian federal and regional authorities for Q1 2016 follow this link.