Regular Publication of Open Data Ratings Brings About More Activity on the Open Data Portal

5 july 2016

The Analytical Center is continuing its efforts to compile a rating of federal and regional executive authorities in Russia based on their publication of open data. For Q2, 2016, the experts conclude that a core of the most active executive authorities have emerged. At the federal level these include the Ministry for Energy, Ministry for Education and Science, Ministry for Culture, Ministry for Economic Development and the Federal Statistics Service while at the regional level these include Tula and Tomsk oblasts and Moscow. The latter also one of the top three publishers of data sets and is also a leader for the number of downloads.

Publication of the rating has really boosted government agencies’ efforts to publish data on the open data portal. Experts record an increase in publications on the portal as well as improvements in the filling out of open data passports and closer attention being paid to keeping the data relevant. Some new publishers appeared on the portal in Q2. These include Amur, Bryansk, Kaluga, Kirov and Saratov oblasts as well as the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district. In addition, federal executive authorities have taken an interest in participating in the Open Date of Russia action plan approved by the governmental commission for the coordination of open government activities in its resolution No 10 dated December 25, 2014 while regional executive authorities plan to develop their own schedules for publishing open data.

Nevertheless, some problems still remain unsolved. For example, some state authorities still haven’t developed proper e-government systems with the result that contact information for open data publishers is often lacking. In addition, many public servants display glaring ignorance when it comes to the technical issues of filling out specific fields in open data publication forms. A separate problem is the fact that there is no real demand for roughly half of all the published open data. For example, 51 data sets on available vacancies have not been downloaded a single time.

To solve the identified problems, the expert recommend developing a service that would automatically send open data publishers emails reminding them to update their, warning them of any irregularities in the open data passports they filled out, inviting them to training seminars explaining methodological recommendations. In addition work should be carried out to assess the advisability of further publication of data that there is no demand for.

For more see the open data publishing rating of state authorities for Q2, 2016.

For other open data bulletins see Publications.