Open Data PH at the Regional Open Data Agenda-setting Workshop

Date Originally Published: February 24, 2015
Date Republished: October 13, 2017


In line with our agenda of advancing the international dialogue on transparency, the Open Data Task Force represented by Outreach Lead Ivygail Ong recently participated in the Regional Open Data Agenda-Setting Workshop, held last February 4-6, 2015, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Organized by the World Wide Web Foundations Open Data Lab Jakarta, the Workshop brought together experts and advocates in a series of discussions about Open Data in Asia its history, its current state, and its future direction.

The Workshop was attended by participants from over 10 countries, representing government, civil society, the academe, and various international organizations. The diversity of voices present gave rise to fruitful conversations about the ideal state of Open Data in Asia and the ways in which the region stakeholders could work together to achieve that goal. Discussion topics included specifics for a vision for Open Data in Asia by 2020, as well as priority sectors for the region such as health and social services, transport and infrastructure, among others.

The World Wide Web Foundation also took this opportunity to officially launch Open Data Lab Jakarta, the first in their planned network of Labs. Established to explore open data solutions to challenges facing Indonesia and Southeast Asian, Open Data Lab Jakarta aims to accelerate the spread of Open Data through its four pillars of research, incubation, training, and engagement.

The launch night, February 5, featured a variety of speakers and cultural performances. Ivygail Ong presented on a hackathon the Task Force co-organized last November with the Philippine Government Electronic Procurement System (PhilGEPS) the #KabantayNgBayan: Procurement Hack. In preparation for the hackathon, PhilGEPS had released 10 million procurement records on data.gov.ph. Using this and other data, the participants came up with a range of web-based and mobile apps designed to facilitate the governments bidding process and open it up to the public.

Ong cited the hackathon as an example of a successful collaboration between different groups. During the event, organizers, sponsors, and participants came together with the understanding that governance is a shared responsibility that everyone has a role to play in nation-building and that this can be used as a springboard for cooperation and innovation. The same themes permeated the Regional Open Data Agenda-Setting Workshop in Jakarta. The discussions generated during the three-day event served not only to deepen the participants understanding of Open Data practices across the region but also to move individual efforts toward closer alignment. Through conversations like this, we continue to make significant strides toward achieving a more open, more coordinated Asia.