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The Open Data Boot Camp for Government, held last July 25-26, 2013, provided a great opportunity for staff from different agencies to learn about the principles of open data, and also practical skills they could use

The Open Data Boot Camp for Government, held last July 25-26, 2013, provided a great opportunity for staff from different agencies to learn about the principles of open data, and also practical skills they could use in their day-to-day data handling.

The first day opened with a short presentation of the Open Data Philippines project and roadmap. This was followed by a thorough discussion by Oxana Casu, Project Management Specialist of the e-Government Center of Moldova. She detailed Moldova's experience with Open Data initiatives and gave some insight on the implementation of open data in the Philippines.

After lunch, participants were given a presentation on the international Open Government Partnership and the Philippines’ commitments to it. This was followed by a demonstration of a very early version of, the upcoming data portal of the Philippine government.

The last talk of the day was a short workshop held by Paul Mariano, Research Assistant at the World Bank. He gave a crash course on handling raw data in spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel, from cleaning up data, arranging, filtering, and analyzing it, to extracting the information that you need.

The second day opened with presentations on Open Applications: the Open Procurement Dashboard from PhilGEPS and the Open Transport initiatives of the DOTC were highlighted as examples of what both the government and the public can do with opened up data.

The Open Forum which followed an overview of proposed Open Data processes and policies was very lively, with participants making passionate suggestions on courses of action and even discussing certain points with each other.

After lunch, the Creatives team of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office provided the participants with a hands-on course on data visualization. The group took the attendees through different ways to visualize raw data and gave tips on which ones to use in specific situations. This was followed by short training sessions in using different online tools, both for creating charts and even mapping data out. Finally, they discussed basic design principles, and the importance of clean design in making data understandable to the public.

Overall, the two-day event was a great chance for those who handle government data from the different departments to get both a better sense of the big picture and additional training in making their department's data easier to manage and make presentable to the public.
Government National Centre (EGNC) will be launching their new

Government National Centre (EGNC) will be launching their new, a website that supports Open Data, and has revamped their E-Darussalam Portal to further encourage both the government and citizens of Brunei to move towards an online future.

The information was released during a press conference at the Briefing Room 1 of ICC, led by the Director of EGNC Md Norshafiee DP Hj Abdul Jalil, with the support of the Project Manager of Open Data Portal Pg Adrian Pg Salleh Abd Rahaman and the Project Manager of E-Darussalam Siti Zurainah Hj Zainal Abidin.

Pg Adrian explained that “Open Data is a global concept where the organisations, especially the government are encouraged to share and publish the information and data they have with the public, while also making it readily available.”
He added that the idea is so the public can easily identify and download data sets that they are interested in, and then analyse those data sets to identify new opportunities for areas of innovation.

The, which will only be launched on Monday, December 1, is a centralised portal where government agencies can publish non-sensitive and non-personal data that they wish to share with the public such as statistics or reports.
Currently the portal contains over 300 data sets that have been contributed by the Department of Economic Planning and Development (JPKE), the Ministry of Education (MoE), the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR).

The project manager added that the public may visit to search for and download any information published on the portal, and assured the public that they will be actively encouraging all government and also private agencies to regularly publish their data on the portal.

While the improved E-Darussalam Portal was re-launched yesterday in conjunction with the 21st Civil Service Day Celebration at the International Convention Centre (ICC) with an upgraded look, design, template and also two new features that is aimed to provide convenience, ease of use and efficiency to the users.

The portal or better known as E-Darussalam portal, first launched in 2011, is a government one-stop-portal where citizens can apply for governmental services such as paying for their electricity bills and renewing their vehicle road tax, while also providing government information such as His Majesty’s titah, circulars, speeches and policies to name a few.

The new portal is bilingual, with the option of Malay or English language, and is divided into four categories; which are Government, Citizen, Business and Visitor.

The two new features of the E-Darussalam Portal are the Citizen Centre and the Disucssion Forums.

According to the project manager of E-Darussalam Portal, the citizen centre integrates all the government e-services under one portal, comprising online applications, online forms and downloadable forms, and has a total of 38 e-services and 107 downloadable forms.

The Discussion Forum is aimed at increasing the government’s interaction with citizens in relation to specific topics that will grow, however it was emphasised that to post on the discussion forum the individual would need to be registered in the portal, denying any anonymous posts.

In a statement by EGNC since July 2011 till October 2014, they had recorded a total of 13,896 registered users and around 9,955 activated accounts.

The Brunei Times
VNGOP - The new information channel is expected to help disseminating policies of the State and instructions of the Government and the PM among the people.

The debut of the pilot news program Việt Nam Online was made on April 25 in Hà Nội. In September 2007, PM Nguyễn Tấn Dũng ordered the Government Website (currently the Government e-Portal) to work with the Việt Nam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) to produce and publish the Việt Nam Online show.

The program, a multimedia product, will be broadcast on and VTC5 Channel, focusing on news on activities of leaders and the performance of the Government and the PM; guiding the implementation of new policies; and receiving feedbacks and opinions from people to State bodies at all echelons.

Minister, Chairman of the Government Office Nguyễn Xuân Phúc stressed that the run of Việt Nam Online is an active move to realize the PM’s directions in meeting the information demands of people and business community to promote the country’s socio-economic development.

According to Minister of Information and Communications Lê Doãn Hợp, under the trend of internationally economic integration, Việt Nam has to ensure the two-way information exchange between the Government and people. “Việt Nam Online will be an important channel for the above requirements,” he said.

Ministers Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and Lê Doãn Hợp witnessed the signing of the Regulations on jointly producing and publishing Việt Nam Online program between the VNGOP and the VTC.

By Thanh Thúy