#OpenData in #Trinidad and #Tobago ; What do you want, and how do you want it? Have your say before March 8 2015

Screenshot of survey of World Bank Trinidad and Tobago Open Data Project

The World Bank has launched an initiative to encourage the publishing of open data in Trinidad and Tobago and to assist with its subsequent adoption and use by the Government, public/private sector and civil society.

What data do you think you should have access to?
What opportunities would be created by having access to such data?

Please complete the World Bank survey at
http://bit.ly/WorldBankTT-OpenData-survey by Sunday March 8 2015.

The survey results would feed in to the ‘Open Data Readiness Assessment’ that the locally assigned World Bank team is currently conducting, and it would help to inform what priority areas should be tackled as the project moves forward into implementation.

Background about Open Data

Open Data is the idea that the Government should make available to others as much as possible of the non-sensitive data which it collects in the course of its operations.  The data would be available in raw, machine-readable form for reuse for commercial or non-commercial purposes.

The idea is relatively new, but where other Governments have already started to do this, there have been benefits in terms of economic growth, innovation and jobs, closer citizen engagement in improving public services, transparency and accountability, and in improving the efficiency and operations of public services themselves.

On February 28 2015, the World Bank team gave a presentation to civil society representatives, including those from the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society (TTCS) and the Internet Society Trinidad and Tobago Chapter (ISOC-TT).

The slides from the presentation can be viewed below:

Additional Resources about Open Data