Country is to be Ready for Working with Open Data

19 may 2016

“We stand on the verge of considerable changes relating to the electronic document flow. Soon it will be possible to convert all registers and databases into electronic form”, said Vasily Pushkin, Deputy Head of the Analytical Center, opening the seminar “What are Data and How to Use Them?”

The expert is sure that the country is to be ready for working in new conditions. “These conditions relate to governmental, municipal, and public data that are growing every day alongside with data sources,” clarified Mr. Pushkin. Besides, data are used everywhere, in any industry, said the expert.

Mr. Pushkin mentioned among successful examples of open data usage the Plandex service that allowed analyzing the city environment and selecting the most suitable district for living, and the Moscow ZhKKh (Moscow Utilities) application that answered questions relating to the operations and maintenance of dwelling. In the public health sector, the expert highlighted the Pyltsa Club (Blossom Dust Club) and The Thousand and One Blisters applications, and in the trade area – Who Sells Alcohol Legally? in Moscow, and Edadeal – Promo Events in Shops that allows viewing information about promotional offers for food, durable goods, cosmetics, etc.

Yulia Zaitseva, Deputy Head of the Portal Solutions Unit, the Department for Integrated Information Systems of Governmental Finance, the Treasury of Russia, spoke of the official website for publishing information about governmental (municipal) institutions. “The website ensures openness and availability of information about governmental and municipal institutions and their activities”, said the expert. There you can find information about institutions, analytical materials relating to their activities, and all available services, clarified the specialist. Among key features of the website, Ms. Zaitseva mentioned feedback to service consumers, improved quality of provided services, control over activities of the institutions and extended search functionality.

The open data application experience was presented at the seminar using the example of the Tula Region and the Government of Moscow.  Experts of Governance governmental automated system spoke of opportunities for data analysis in 3D format and noted that such format allowed better analysis of the situation in each monitoring area. Using this service, it is possible to define bottlenecks that limit changes, select priority situation development scenarios, and evaluate expected results.

In 2016, important events in the open data field will include the II Russian “Open Data in Russia” Contest and the II Russian “Open Data 2016” Summit where it is planned to summarize the results of work for the year.

The seminar was held as part of the annual alignment-meeting for heads of analytical departments of state legislative and executive units of constituent entities of the Russian Federation on “Analytical procurement of realization of the Presidential Address to the Federal Assembly off 3rd December, 2015" that will take place on May 18-20, 2016, in Moscow.