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Ministry of Transport and Communications launches Qatar Open Data Portal

  • 21 April 2019
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Ministry of Transport and Communications launches Qatar Open Data Portal
QNA
Doha
The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) today launched the " Qatar Open Data Portal" to facilitate the dissemination of government data on the Internet through a single national platform, and make it available to the public, and to ensure the quality and provision of appropriate and in accordance with international standards in this area.
In his opening speech, HE Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti said that as the Government of Qatar realizes the importance of open data, "the Ministry of Transport and Communications launched the Open Data Policy in 2014 to achieve the objectives of national development and Qatar National Vision 2030. The aim is to provide public services efficiently and transparently, build the knowledge-based economy and boost innovation and creativity through an open and transparent culture where knowledge is available and accessible."
"In light of our work toward building a smart nation and our commitment to raising the name of Qatar in all global rankings where government transparency is a key factor, I am pleased to launch the Qatar Open Data Portal today, which will be a gateway to government data, making information easy to access, share and reuse. This will help transform these data and information into tools and applications that help in areas of research, innovation and creative and smart solutions," he said.
His Excellency hailed the Ministry of Interior's initiative in the field of open data, and efforts of the Ministry of Finance and Planning and Statistics Authority, which took the lead and began sharing their data via the new portal.
HE the Minister of Transport and Communications said he was confident all government entities would join the portal soon to contribute to building a government that is more efficient, more open and more transparent for the good of all.
HE Minister Al Sulaiti pointed out that the world today is witnessing the flow of large amounts of data either by public sector institutions or the private sector or individuals for various purposes, and noted that these data represent a huge wealth if used for good. HE the Minister said that government sector data in particular can be useful given it is the main source for official statistics.
His Excellency added that many of these data are collected in the framework of running the tasks assigned to different parties. If opened and made available electronically, they can be used in an innovative way to find useful tools to support and develop business, facilitate public services and restructure administrative procedures.
The society will also support individuals and institutions in selecting decisions Appropriate to their circumstances and situations and to create the most appropriate solutions to the challenges, he added. 
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