The National Open Data Portal, that will contain the information from the state bodies, institutions, local communities and other organizations, has been launched in Belgrade, in the presence of the Serbian PM, Ana Brnabic.
At the launch, the PM said that the portal was important for the Serbian businesses, and for sutainable and dynamic growth.
“Open data will enable a more efficient and more transparent public administration and lower corruption”, she said and invited all institutions to make their data available to the public.
Director of the Serbian government’s IT and E-Governance Office, Mihailo Jovanovic said that, today, data is as valuable as oil. “If we make date open, it can be cross-referenced and used in creating new values”, Jovanovic added. He also said that, globally, the open data market is worth around 40 billion EUR.
The British Ambassador to Serbia, Denis Keefe pointed out that open data boosts transparency and improves civil services both for individuals and businesses. In Great Britain alone, the open data industry is worth around 90 million British pounds and employs almost half a million people.
Currently, nine institutions, including the State Ombudsman, the Interior Ministry, the Medicines Agency and the Ministry of Education, have their data posted on the portal. Great Britain and Sweden have donated a million dollars towards the creation and the launch of the portal.
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