On the www.data.gov.kz portal, 736 types of official information helpful to citizens and businesses are posted. Accessing the government agencies’ data sets allows the programmers’ developing a variety of applications and directories.
Information posted on the portal is classified by such areas as transport, education, statistics, culture, health, second-tier banks, KazPost, etc. The data.gov.kz Project was launched in Kazakhstan in 2013 as part of the “Open Government” Initiative. The portal provides capability of easily finding, downloading and using the data sets, doing comprehensive analysis and research.
“An essential part of the open data usage is the creation of applications and services based on it, as well as delivery of services popular with citizens. Using the applications, users will be able to easily find necessary information on objects of education, health, culture, transport and communication”, NIT JSC Chief Architect Tair Sabyrgaliyev told the journalists.
The data available as of today are already being applied in practice. For instance, on the basis of data on health objects, the mobile application was created, named “Health Map” which allows displaying the health objects on the map, searching for closest clinics depending on location, and contains brief info on objects, and also allows calling and sending letters to email address from application. Two more applications are in progress of development: “Safe City” with the list of police stations and displaying of the closest station depending on geographic location, criminality map of Astana etc/, and the second one is “Micro-sites” displaying on the map the schools in Astana with capability of finding a school by home address.
Basic Open Government components and objectives thereof:
- Open Data – providing open data with regard to classification thereof.
- Open Laws and Regulations – involving the public in the law-making process.
- Open Dialogue – setting effective feedback between government agencies and public.
- Open Budgets – providing the public with opportunity of viewing the government agencies’ plans, the performance thereof, and correcting these processes.
- Open Petitions - providing the public with opportunity of improving and reforming the state, i.e. directly participating in its development process.