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Global Open Data Index Ranking Improves

By: , June 26, 2016

The Key Point:

Jamaica is currently ranked 37 out of 122 countries on the Global Open Data Index, moving from 61 two years ago.
Global Open Data Index Ranking Improves
Photo: Michael Sloley
Minister of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET), Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley (right), uses a laptop to access the Open Data Portal at its launch on June 24, at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), in Kingston. Country Manager of the World Bank, Galina Sotirova (left), looks on. In the background (from left) are: Chief Information Officer in the Ministry, Louis Shallal and Director, Technology, Gary Campbell.

The Facts

  • The portal is an online database which provides government data in machine readable form using open source software. The information is free and can be accessed by the general public. In his remarks at the ceremony, Dr. Wheatley commended the Ministries for their effort, which has resulted in Jamaica achieving such an impressive climb on the global open data index.
  • The portal is an initiative of the Ministry and forms part of the Government’s Transformation Initiative.

The Full Story

Jamaica is currently ranked 37 out of 122 countries on the Global Open Data Index, moving from 61 two years ago.

This was disclosed by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, at the launch of the Open Data Portal on June 24, at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), in Kingston.

The portal is an online database which provides government data in machine readable form using open source software. The information is free and can be accessed by the general public.
In his remarks at the ceremony, Dr. Wheatley commended the Ministries for their effort, which has resulted in Jamaica achieving such an impressive climb on the global open data index.

The Minister said the launch of the open data portal will further increase the country’s open data ranking.

“I believe that by embarking on this new initiative, we will be ranked with the trendsetters,” he added.

The portal is an initiative of the Ministry and forms part of the Government’s Transformation Initiative.

Last Updated: June 27, 2016

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