One of the first requirements from agencies—apart from assigning an Open Data Champion to serve as primary liaison between the agency and Task Force—is to submit an Agency Data Inventory (ADI). Essentially a master list, the ADI serves as a catalogue of all government data held by an agency, containing the title, description, and file type of each dataset.
The exercise of creating an inventory of datasets allows agencies to take stock of what they have and don’t have. The hope is that this will nudge agencies to fully manage datasets as important factors in decision-making and take data as a platform for meaningful engagement with the public.
We are pleased to announce that 12 agencies have so far submitted their ADIs to the Task Force: the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG), Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO), and the Procurement Service – Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PS-PhilGEPS).
Originally, the Task Force had planned to release the first wave of ADIs in September, at the end of the third quarter. But since many agencies submitted early, the decision was made to release this initial wave immediately. Collated into one dataset (.csv), these 12 ADIs are now downloadable from this link.
Open data has been proven to have many positive effects on society, including increased transparency and improved service delivery. But a successful transition does not happen overnight; rather, it takes place gradually through the diligence and commitment of all involved parties. As such, we applaud these 12 agencies for taking this important step toward the full implementation of JMC no. 2015-01 and the democratization of government data.