UAE ranks 16th globally in Open Data Inventory Report 2020
Tuesday, 12 08 2020, Category: Economy, Country: U.A.E
The UAE ranked 16th globally out of 187 countries in the Open Data Inventory, ODIN, Report 2020, with an overall score of 75.
Compiled by Open Data Watch, the 5th ODIN assesses the coverage and openness of official statistics to identify gaps, promote open data policies, improve access, and encourage dialogue between national statistical offices (NSOs) and data users.
The UAE jumped 51 positions from 2018, outperforming the United States, South Korea, Switzerland, France, Spain, Japan and the United Kingdom.
According to the report, the UAE took a dual approach of making more data available and improving elements of data openness. In 2020, the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre launched the Open Data Race, a competition among statistics-producing government agencies to see who could publish more open data through their Bayanet data portal. Publishing data through the portal also resulted in 100 percent of ODIN indicators being made available in machine-readable format and made it easier to standardise the metadata that was made available for each dataset, doubling their metadata availability score.
Omar bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Teleworking Applications, said, "Government open data publishing aims to promote the concept of transparency in government action, which is among the top priorities of the UAE’s leadership. Open data also helps increase the efficiency of resource usage, supporting decision-making, exploring development opportunities, and paving the way for the launch of successful projects in the field of artificial intelligence to serve communities."
"The UAE Government has adopted an open data policy as part of the digital transformation process, to facilitate access to government data and statistics about the UAE for researchers and the community. National federal authorities make data available to the public via their official e-portals," he added.
Source: Emirates News Agency