Thursday, 30 January 2014

Nigeria Commence Open Data Initiative

The Ministry of Communications Technology has commenced the Open Data Development Initiative to support Federal Government’s objective of driving innovation, investment and economic growth.

The Open Data Development Initiative, which the World Bank supports, aims to highlight the potential efficiency, innovations and public value that can be achieved when government uses technology to open its data.
Mrs Omobola Johnson,
Minister of Communication Technology

The commencement of this process makes Nigeria the world’s first federal Open Data initiative to simultaneously launch inclusive and continuing consultations with both government and nongovernment communities on their Open Data priorities to develop the country’s national Open Data implementation plan.

‘’Data is becoming increasingly important in all aspects of our life. When analysed and presented in an intelligent format, data is essential to making informed decisions that produce value. The essence of publishing non-sensitive government data online is to deliver value-adding insights that benefit citizens’’

‘’ We would like to ensure that our Open Data initiative is driven by demand. We will be guided by the practical needs of Nigerians to ensure that Open Data fuels innovation and grows the Nigerian economy", the minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson said in her remark.

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