ACCESS TO DATA FROM OFFICIAL REGISTERS WILL BE DISCUSSED AT PRESS CLUB WITH JOURNALISTS

2023-05-12 09:01

The online access to the data contained in state registers through the Government Open Data Portal was the topic of discussion during the Press Club meeting with investigative journalists and media representatives held today, May 12, 2023.

 

The event was organized by the e-Governance Agency (EGA) in partnership with the Association of Independent Press (API) in the context of the Open Government Week - an initiative promoted by the Open Government Partnership and taking place worldwide from May 8 to May 12, 2023. The purpose of bringing together e-governance experts and media representatives was to promote transparency and access to the data held by public authorities and institutions by publicizing the Government Data Portal. The Portal is a valuable and comprehensive information resource for accessing public data, including through authorized access for the media outlets interested in and specialized in producing investigation materials, studies, research, analyses and other materials of great interest for the public.

 

Olga Tumuruc: ”We are celebrating the Open Government Week these days and access to data of public interest is a good topic for discussions with journalists so as together to identify the actions that we, as the Government, should take to facilitate the access of those who use the data for the public interest to the Government Data Portal. Striking a balance between the requests for information and private life of individuals is a fundamental principle guiding EGA and our mission as administrators of the data portal is to comply with the legal framework on access to information of public interest, though I would like to stress that it would be helpful to have these regulations updated”.

 

Petru Macovei, the executive director of API, who moderated the questions and answers session, opened the session by reminding that the event is relevant in the context of the Press Freedom Days. ”Access to data has been and remains to be a challenge for both novice and experienced journalists. Journalists, in particular the investigative ones, are the primary beneficiaries and users of data. This is why, to be able to disseminate accurate and transparent information to the society it is important that there is a partnership between journalists and institutions”, he added.

 

During the Press Club meeting, EGA’s experts presented the single governmental information resource for access to data, date.gov.md, to the attending journalists, informing them that the portal is regularly upgraded and updated with new datasets. Igor Arama, the head of EGA’s data exchange and interoperability unit, explained how media outlets can obtain authorized access to the public institutions’ registers and how to access the data contained there through the Sematic Catalogue semantic.gov.md, implicitly those requiring authorized access. The steps to be followed by those interested in using authorized data are described on the data portal and in the User Guide available at https://semantic.gov.md/public/userGuide.pdf.

 

Liuba Sevciuc, co-founder of the media project Cu Sens shared her experience of using data requiring authorized access in journalistic investigations after EGA validated their application for authorized access and encouraged the public institutions to be more open to providing access to their data.

 

The questions asked by the Press Club participants related to the intentions to make access to data free of charge for the media outlets, the availability of data of individuals and businesses from TAU Gagauzia, the access to data contained in the Border Police register, data search methods and other details that are relevant in the journalistic work.

 

The Press Club is part of the digital literacy campaign ”Digital Nation”, conducted by the e-Governance Agency between April 12 and June 30, 2023. The purpose of the campaign is to improve the digital literacy of the population and encourage the participants to become digital messengers, who will contribute to the dissemination of messages about digital transformation for a better adaptation to the changes driven by the technological process. 

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