The Philippine government, in its commitment to open governance, has launched data.gov.ph, a website that aims to make national government data searchable, accessible, and useful for all.
Data.gov.ph consolidates the datasets of different government agencies to make it easier for everyone to access, understand, and share the information they need for whatever purpose. Simply put, it’s a website that functions as a one-stop shop, storing and providing all public government data available.
Users can just type in the keyword of the information they’re looking for in the site’s search bar or look for it by browsing through categories, locations, file formats, and publishers. The website also feature news, data, infographics, and apps. There’s also a Community section where registered users can join a forum and air what they have in mind.
Below is a screenshot of MMDA’s Traffic Alert Visualization – one of the useful tools located under the Infographics Dashboard of the site.
“Data.gov.ph encourages the public to request for the data they want, send in comments, suggestions, and even stories of how they use open data. Likewise, it also encourages the public to participate by submitting applications and visualizations based on the public data. This engagement of ideas between the public and the government will help develop the platform even further, for the benefit of everyone involved.”
According to the website, data.gov.ph’s primary goal is “to foster a citizenry empowered to make informed decisions, and to promote efficiency and transparency in government.”
To take data.gov.ph for a spin just hit the source link below.