Department of Government Support launches open-data platform

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The platform offers more than 550 open datasets in 10 vital sectors
The platform offers more than 550 open datasets in 10 vital sectors

Abu Dhabi - The platform will facilitate the sharing of open data between public and private sectors

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Published: Tue 8 Sep 2020, 5:28 PM

Last updated: Tue 8 Sep 2020, 7:30 PM

The Department of Government Support in Abu Dhabi, represented by the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA), has launched the open-data platform 'Abu Dhabi Open Data', with a view to enabling the public and private sectors to exchange and share open data with users, start-ups, and academic institutions to improve public services, support decision-making, and strengthen the Abu Dhabi economy.
The project's launch has come in conjunction with the recent visit of Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office, to the Department of Government Support in Abu Dhabi, where he was briefed on the department's strategy, its plans for the next five years, and the recent updates on the 'Abu Dhabi Open Data' platform.
The Abu Dhabi Open Data platform aims to create a digital ecosystem that provides quick and safe access to reliable data sources, in addition to proactive services that enrich the customer experience. Offering more than 550 open source datasets across 10 vital sectors in six different formats, the open-data platform was launched with the participation of the Abu Dhabi Digital Authority in partnership with 23 government entities. The launch reflects the ambitious vision of the wise leadership in Abu Dhabi to use Information Technology to serve the community and advance government services by providing a safe environment, enabling government entities to securely share data with users through innovative mechanisms and technologies that guarantee the standards of promptness, efficiency, quality, and transparency.
Additionally, the 'Abu Dhabi Open Data' platform strengthens cooperation between the public and private sectors and opens up new horizons which make it easier for government entities to share data while securing huge investment opportunities for private sector companies, thus ensuring continuity of success and appropriate decision-making.
Over 20 government entities are participating in the first phase of Abu Dhabi Open Data, playing an active role in the open-data sharing process, which is considered an essential foundation for achieving the objectives of the Abu Dhabi's digital transformation strategy. The platform covers 10 vital sectors, including agriculture, environment, health, transportation, society, economy, tourism, education, energy, and technology.
Among the objectives of the platform is to strengthen the Abu Dhabi economy, support the growth of key sectors in line with the Abu Dhabi Vision, and the Ghadan 21 accelerator programme. The platform also aims to improve the competitiveness of Abu Dhabi in international indices of open data, increase levels of transparency by providing reliable and updated data at the appropriate time, and improve cooperation between all government entities, helping them to make informed decisions, in addition to facilitating better information sharing between government entities to improve public services in the interests of citizens, residents, and investors.
Speaking on the occasion, Ali Rashid Al Ketbi, chairman of the Department of Government Support, said he was very pleased with the launch of the platform, which contributes to consolidating the position of Abu Dhabi as a leading city in open-data sharing by building and developing the emirate's digital infrastructure. He praised the cooperation between government entities in Abu Dhabi to launch the platform, which is designed to strengthen partnerships between the public and private sectors and open up new horizons.

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