Member of Commission V of National Parliament of Indonesia in Transportation and Infrastructure sector, Dr. Hetifah Sjaifudian, stated the importance of open data in promoting better development. “For making decision in development, qualified and easily-collected data will encourage quality of development,” Hetifah said. This is a statement from Dr. Hetifah Sjaifudian during Open Data Workshop organized by Sinergantara (30/4) in Cikini, Jakarta. The workshop itself is organized by cooperation from Sinergantara, Web Foundation, and International Development Research Centre. The workshop is attended by representative of Directorate General of Budget of Ministry of Finance of Republic of Indonesia, Open Data activists, and various nonprofit organizations that work on budget transparency.
Current condition of Open Data, as Ilham Cendekia Srimarga – Executive Director of Sinergantara said, is quite advanced as what Ministry of Finance does. However, the measure does not have enough depth to allow open data utilization by community. Data that has been opened is good, however, it cannot be utilized by community yet, particularly by civil society organizations in supporting their works in social accountability field. The conclusion is drawn after Sinergantara research team observed data published by Ministry of Finance.
Various Open Data practices in all over the globe have been observed by Web Foundation. The result can be a comparison to Indonesia’s case in revealing similar problem, namely the need for depth and details of data. The research shows large impacts that detailed open data has on business, public services, and transparency. Thus, promoting Open Data, Web Foundation said, will give impacts not only to society, but to the country as well.
“Nevertheless, making decision in development needs correct as well as opened data. Since stakeholders are not only government; they also include nonprofit organizations, business people, researchers, and society. They all need opened data in every decision they make, “ Dr. Hetifah Sjaifudin concluded.
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