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Open Data Project - Libyan Technology Foundation

Open Data in Libya: An Important Step Towards Enhancing Transparency and Innovation

  • What is the concept of open data in the digital world?

The concept of open data means the full provision of data and information to all without allocation or restrictions, as data is not subject to copyright laws or any kind of control over the way and mechanism of its use and republication.

  • So, what is Data.gov?

It is a website allocated by governments, through which it provides access to all information and data related to the state at all levels, in a systematic and classified manner that makes it easier for all citizens to deal with it, read it, and even dispose of it. The first to initiate this step is the US government, which owns this address for their official website, and the rest of the countries have implemented the same idea and concept using this address plus the key to the country. We aspire to prepare the Data.gov.ly website in the near future, to be a unified and highly credible source to provide information and data when needed for every information seeker.

  • Where should a Data.Gov.ly project start?

With the different successful experiences of developed countries in providing open data service, it was necessary for one party – within the state and the government – to adopt the project, urge all institutions and other parties to contribute to it, and enhance the importance of providing information and data for each of them as a kind of participation and contribute to raising the level of data credibility, to reduce the conflict of statistics and information, by providing a real international platform that includes all parties. This project is also a starting point for many services that reflect positively on society, as it works to provide fertile ground for the provision of endless services based on sound foundations, benefiting citizens, eliminating the thought of institutional closure, and promoting the concept of participation to achieve the greatest possible benefit. Significant and valuable for the future.

  • When can the project be realized and implemented?

Now, the positive thing about this project is that we can start it – with what is available and available – from this moment, because the purpose and purpose of the project, its result and its outcome is to include everyone, everyone and everyone, but the beginning is not what everyone needs, but we can start with what we need now according to the requirements of the stage, and according to what is ready and qualified to be presented as a form of open data, for example the National Center for Disease Control in Libya provides important information and results adopted It has security and political plans and measures – so to speak, the outputs of this sector specifically at this stage are inputs for all state agencies, and accordingly decisions are made in the fields of education, internal health and others, as well as reflected on the economic aspect of the state. Specialists need documented data classified in a way that makes it easier for everyone to use, and enables decision-makers to make appropriate decisions, so providing a platform that carries all the support from an official authority will enhance the strength and credibility of the information and will support the validity and effectiveness of any decision, and make a real successful experience that urges everyone to participate.

  • How to equip and design Data.GOV

Data is presented in different forms and forms, including metadata: It is a set of data organized and arranged in a way that expresses and suits the designer entity, and is according to its standards and the way it determines to present the data to the public, so that the reader or person familiar with the research can choose what he wants to read. There are no rules or laws that define or guide the method of design, and all countries are currently striving to reach best practices and ways to present data in an interactive way that allows everyone interested to use information from the site. The information is presented through the APIs interface that helps in dealing with data and presenting it in JSON Format, and we seek to be the first in this ****, and for the experience of Libya to be an added value to the world of open data that we share with other countries. 

There are other forms of data formats such as CSV and XML, and everything we mentioned earlier is one of the best options through which data is available, because it simply allows all the operations that users need to take advantage of the data, such as: searches, displays, etc., and allows it to be presented on different platforms. There are many other open data formats such as PDF and HTML, but we don’t recommend using them because they don’t allow users to modify and reuse data in a flexible way.

  • What can NGO offer you?

We offer you a team of the finest engineers, to provide technical support and cooperation with your team to reach the best result and interface worthy of being Data.gov.ly, we seek to contribute to the technical community in cooperation with the initiatives launched to standardize an agreed stander used by official and international bodies.

  • Successful experiences of the Open Data project:

Many countries had an initiative in the marathon of providing data with its comprehensive concept of open data, including the United States of America, which was the first in this battle, and many other countries that were able to create successful and effective experiences, especially in the developments that the world is now experiencing, not only related to the state internally, but also extends its impact on a global level, and we mean the epidemic that has overshadowed the whole world, because of which we are witnessing a tremendous change on a global level that is not reflected The Open Data project allows the collection, coordination and tabulation of all these events and developments in an organized and ready for use.

Some examples of countries that provided data in an open data form:

  • https://www.data.gov
  • https://data.gov.sa/
  • https://data.gov.uk/
  • https://data.gov.bh/
  • https://data.gov.sg/