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ITB and Sinergantara Organized Workshop on Open Data for Development

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To promote open data implementation in Indonesia, particularly at local level, Sinergantara cooperates with ITB in organizing a workshop that gathers strategic stakeholders that play important role in local development.
Keynote speaker, the Regent of Bojonegoro, stated the importance of open data to address poverty. Data on poverty, Regent Sujoto said, should be able to address the needs for employment, education, social security, and health service. “Poverty can be addressed by making transparency or openong data on local assets, capital and debts, revenues, and local expenditures that must be made as development results,” Sujoto said.
The statement was delivered during workshop on “Open Data for Development,” organized by Sinergantara, in cooperation with Software Expertise Group of ITB, World Wide Web Foundation, and IDDR, on May 20, 2014.
Attending the workshops include Asian Representative of Open Data Working Group of Open Government Partnership (OGP) and Director of Sinergantara, Ilham Cendekia. He explained the open data ecosystem in national development. Also attending the workshop are representatives from various institutions, such as Zulkifli from Fitra, Director of UKP4 (President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight) Mardianto Jatna, TNP2K, and AKIL World Bank.
Basically, speakers agreed with the statement that practices of open data can make impacts for development. Open data may improve transparency process, encourage public awareness on development, and stimulates community’s innovations and ideas on community improvement.
AKIL World Bank revealed on how World Bank contributes in providing narrative data on more than 1000 cross-countries indicators. In the development, World Bank also puts data into local context. TNP2K displayed data on poverty to formulate appropriate policy on poverty issues, while UKP4 showed portal data they have developed using translation technique to improve data usefulness.

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“Various experiences emerged in Workshop on Open Data for Development show that open data helps the process of development and improvement of public service quality,” said Dr Saiful Akbar, an expert of software and data.

Materials presented in the workshop can be downloaded  here.

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