Colombia ranks fourth in the OECD ranking on the use of open data
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published the results of the OURData Index, in which Colombia ranked fourth after Korea, France and Japan. The country surpassed the list of nations such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany and Spain, thanks to the work it has been doing with open data from the public sector, within the framework of the strategy focused on an open and more transparent Government.
The survey - which consists of 140 questions about the use, use and use of data - is carried out by OECD's Open Digital Government and Open Data group, and was mainly carried out by the CIOs of each country belonging to the organization, and some candidate economies such as Colombia.
This is the second time that the country has participated in this measurement since it requested to enter the OECD. In 2015, it ranked eleventh and the results published this year correspond to the work done during 2016.
According to IT Vice Minister Daniel Quintero Calle, "open data promote transparency, accountability and value creation by making government information available to all. Public agencies produce and commission enormous amounts of data and information, and by making it available to citizens, they become more transparent. By encouraging the use, re-use and free distribution of data sets, governments promote enterprise creation and innovative citizen-centered services. "
The OECD Government Open Data Analysis includes business information; records; patents and trademarks; databases of public tenders; geographical information; legal; meteorological; social data and transport. OURData also measures the level of implementation of Open Data Charter, a commitment signed by Colombia in November 2016, which seeks to "incorporate the culture and practice of openness in governments in ways that are resistant to political change."
The OECD's Open Government Data (OGD) project aims to advance international efforts to assess the impact of open government data. This will allow to establish a knowledge base on the policies, strategies and initiatives, and to support the development of a methodology to evaluate the impact and the creation of economic, social and good governance value, through the different initiatives.
The Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (Minicom), through the Online Government Strategy, has promoted the data open since 2011. For this, it has defined standards and guidelines for the opening and re-use of data , and has offered technical assistance and accompaniment to public entities, at national and territorial level, supporting them to facilitate the process. In addition, the national open data platform www.datos.gov.co, managed by the ICT Ministry, has been operating for almost 5 years and has around 5,000 data sets available, published by more than 700 national and territorial public entities .
Thanks to these efforts, important results have been achieved in the promotion of open data in Colombia, which has allowed the country to position itself internationally among the best in the field.
What are open data?
• Open data refers to digital information collected by private or public organizations, disseminated in easily accessible formats for anyone to use, reuse or distribute, anytime, anywhere.
• The concept of Open Data in Government is based on the fact that the data or information created by the Public Administration belong to the society, since they have been financed and compiled with public money and, therefore, must be available to any citizen and for any purpose.
• Open data is generally shared through one or more web platforms, in standard formats with a structure that is easy to understand and allows data to be processed and reused.