ِAbout the Symposium

The significance of the National Open Data Symposium comes from its importance of international concern in addition to being a national requirement. International attention is focused by the international reports that assess the countries in terms of the level of openness of their data’ such as the e-government report. The national demand is seen in this contact through the development of various governmental electronic applications whether they target the services or other objectives that serve the interest of the society and the nation.



  • 08:30 - 09:00



  • 09:10 - 09:20

    Speech by the National Center for Statistics and Information

    Speech by the National Center for Statistics and Information


    Dr.Khalifa Al Barwani

  • 09:20 - 09:25

    Short movie on open data

    Short movie on open data

  • 09:25 - 09:35

    Seminar Keynote speech

    Open data can enable greater transparency, higher levels of citizen trust, better public service delivery and more effective policymaking. However, many governments struggle to reap and report tangible impacts in these areas. Organizations that prioritize technical issues such as the format of datasets or development of portals quickly realize this alone does not lead to a critical mass of reuse and value creation. The rule, "If we build it, they will come," does not apply, which unsettles some organizations. Taking a look at global leaders on open data – for example the French government – the presentation will extract valuable lessons and recommendations for other governments. Examples will be provided from different areas of public administration like social and employment affairs, taxation, business development.

  • 09:35 - 09:45

    Open data in Oman: Reality and Ambition

    The public sector in Oman, as other public sectors around the world, collects, creates, produces and disseminates a wide range of information from legal and administrative information, business and economic data, to geographic and meteorological information. This information, which is generated by public administrations and public sector bodies is a key resource for the knowledge society, and one of the main drivers of business innovation and economic growth. Realizing the importance of open data, governments and public authorities across the world are launching Open Data initiatives. In Oman open data initiatives have been launched; however, barriers do remain and need to be overcome in order to achieve the desired objectives and to realize the full benefits of open data. This presentation will highlight the following topics: • The journey of open data in Oman • The current status of open data in Oman • The importance and expected contribution of open data to Oman • The way forward

  • 09:45 - 10:15



  • 10:15 - 11:00

    First Session: Introduction on Open Data

    There are several concepts on open data, however the comment element of all these concepts is that open data allows the user the freedom to use data, publish the same, download and distribute such data. Accordingly, the target of this seminar is to highlight the concept, significance, motives, uses and reflections of open data and its effects the grading of the Sultanate in international reports.

  • 10:15 - 10:30

    Concept and benefits of open data

    Define Open Data and explain its benefits for governments, private sector and civil society. She will proceed to describe the lessons learned from implementation of Open Data programs across seven countries – starting with diagnostic work and moving on to establishing Open Data policies, online portals, delivering capacity building activities and forming sustainability plans. She will end with a set of recommendations for policymakers for implementing Open Data programs.

  • 10:30 - 10:45

    Open data in international reports

    This talk will draw on the discussions and insights gleaned from the International Open Data Conference, due to take place in Buenos Aires on the 27-28th September. In particular, will address : ● How open data is changing the world, and the benefits associated with it, such as increased transparency, trust, and openness ● Releasing the data that actually helps to transform sectors, with practical examples. Example sectors could include: agriculture, healthcare, the delivery of public services, and anti-corruption The international benchmarks used to assess the openness of government data, namely the Global Open Data Index and Open Data Barometer. will discuss the methodology behind these indices, and highlight the governments which perform well on these measures

  • 10:45 - 11:00

    Discussion session

    Discussion session

  • 11:10 - 12:40

    Second session: Experiments and experience on open data

    The target of this session is to consider the initiatives of the governments and organizations around the world. Which aim at availing data to concerned parties so that the researcher can determine the information, they can use safely. This could be achieved through access to the best successful practices, challenges and solutions, which would be presented by elite speakers who are interested in open data.

  • 11:10 - 11:25

    Open data in Health Sector

    The objective of this session is to share global experience in using open data in the health sector. The session will cover the use of Open Data to monitor and manage the Results Based Financing (RBF) programs in the health sector (e.g. in the Republic of Congo and Cote d’Ivoire), the health facility registry in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the HIV program in Benin, and different other applications in Haiti, Nigeria, and Cameroon. The session will share with the participants the key challenges in data availability, collection and management as well as the solutions and lessons learned to enable informed decision for improving the accountability of the health care providers and the delivery of quality health services.

  • 11:25 - 11:40

    Open data in transportation and Logistics Sector

    Port Community System (PCS) are providing logistic information services in the biggest ports of the world. The information shared through the pcs are considered as the most valued and trusted. Such information is obtained from the right actor in real time and it is processed by another actor proving its rightness. International Port Commumnity Systems (IPCSA) is leading a global initiative named asNetwork of Trusted Network (NoTN) which main objective is to develop Standard API to share logistic information of the PCS. NoTN is the federation of PCS which in its globality might offer the information of the PCS globally.

  • 11:40 - 11:55

    Open data in Labour Force Sector

    The paper will include; Introduction; Some information on the open data and labor sector statistics in the era of data revolution and modernization of NSO Objectives; Understanding the link between open data initiatives and labor sector statistics and policy implications Understanding process to utilize open data for labor market needs and management Understanding the challenges and potential solutions to utilize open data for labor sector Sharing some practical steps on the road forward Content; The paper will cover a brief introduction on the implication of data revolution, open data on the current and future shape of data production in general and for labor sector in particular, and how NSOs in the region are reacting to keep their role in the information industry and in supporting labor market policy makers with relevant information. Beside analysis on the challenges and opportunities that open data and related initiatives may bring to the production of LS statistics, how the NSOs should lead the shift? How to migrate traditional ways in doing business? What is the most business model that fits into the new era open data and data revolution from statistical perspective, and finally introducing a business model for labor market management fitting the open data generation? The outcome; The paper will conclude some technical recommendations on labor sector statistics. Utilization of open data and other related initiatives in compiling new type of labor sector indicators, improving the relevancy and timeliness of statistics, supporting the efforts in shifting NSOs to be more service and demand oriented through better utilization of open data capacity, and finally some recommendations on the road forward.

  • 11:55 - 12:10

    Open data in Education Sector

    The British Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has committed to publishing all possible data as open data by 2021. This paper examines the what extent to which the United Kingdom has opened its Higher education data. Also the paper explores the main benefits for opening such data to Higher Education Institutes, companies, researchers, students, entrepreneurs and the government. The main findings suggest that the United Kingdom Higher Education Statistics Agency has already started the process of opening UK higher Education data which led to achieving quick wins for all related stakeholders. However, some data sets are yet to be opened and the main recommendation is for HESA is to speed up its endeavors to reach a stage whereby all Higher education data is classified either as closed, shared or opened data.

  • 12:10 - 12:25

    Open data in Climate and Environment Sector

    In this engaging session, multiple international award winning innovator Matthew Rajendra will be presenting two facets of the relationship between sustainability and the open data agenda. These are Green of Open Data and Green by Open Data. Green of Open Data focuses on how data centers being the main repository for open data storage and processing are in the top ten of the most climate threatening industries. Hence there is an urgent need to address how data centers are managed in an environmentally friendly manner. Matthew will explore cost effective methods of making an existing data center green and sustainable as well as dive into the latest innovations that can solve these inherent design faults of traditional data centers. Green by Open Data unravels the various mechanisms as to how open data can be galvanized and deployed to mitigate the effects of global warming and climate change. Its part in battling development challenges of the next twenty years both as a tool for measuring headway and in finding answers, is becoming more clear. Matthew also explores some of the economic benefits that Open Data can bring forth to society.

  • 12:25 - 12:40

    Discussion session

    Discussion session

  • 12:40 - 01:00



  • 01:00 - 01:45

    Third session: Policies, frameworks and laws regulating open data

    This session focuses on two matters, first of them is highlighting the general principles for open data and the second is the extent of commitment by the countries to actually publish public data and information. The session shall also focus on the new platforms for open data and their active contribution in making economic and social decisions and the reflections of such data on these countries.

  • 01:00 - 01:15

    Open data charter manual

    Open data charter manual

  • 01:15 - 01:30

    Most recent trends and effects in the field of open data

    One of the key aspects of any open data initiative is the legal requirement to make the data freely available for use by members of the public for any purpose. Government agencies in the GCC are using different approaches to deal with this aspect of open data. For example, in Oman, some government agencies use the custom-made Omani Open Government Licence. In the UAE, there is no formal open data licence, and the UAE national Open Data Portal addresses intellectual property through the general terms and conditions of the website. In Qatar, some government agencies use the Creative Commons licences as a simple solution for making their data legally open. This paper will examine the role that open data licensing plays in open data initiatives in all countries in the GCC, and the practical differences between the open data licensing approaches used by these countries.

  • 01:30 - 01:45

    Discussion session

    Discussion session

  • 01:55 - 02:40

    Fourth session: National and International Impact of Open Data

    This session aims at clarifying the contribution of open data in achieving the objectives of the sustainable development. The session allows the window for the public private sector partnership in respect to open data and ensure its sustainability, meanwhile, the session would determine the roles and expectations of each party, which would support and encourage technical innovations and initiatives in different fields.

  • 01:55 - 02:40

    How can open data assist in achieving the sustainable development goals?

    Open Data brings great societal value as well as major economic benefits. The direct market size for Open Data is enormous and has been estimated at hundreds of billions of Euro’s. The amounts are not insignificant. Open Data also has incredible societal value and can help overcome societal challenges such as those addressed in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). How can this potential be achieved though? What are some key enablers to realise this potential of Open Data and what are possible barriers that need to be overcome? Topics such as data quality, digital skills, standards and a data management lifecycle are all touched upon. These are prerequisites. Stories and best practices from around the world help illustrate the actual potential. Opening up data is a noble goal although often there are difficulties that need to be addressed. Some are technical or organizational, many are more transformational and require a fundamentally different approach to dealing with (open) government data. What does an ‘open by default’ policy look like and will this support the realization of the SDG’s? What are key actors to involve? In this presentation, all of these questions will be addressed. This presentation is not merely informative though. Change requires action so this presentation will seek the interaction of the audience, to invite those present not only to learn but also to think about the potential of Open Data for the SDG’s and to contribute their own thoughts, concerns and ideas. This presentation aims to offer some thought-provoking engagement on this topic.

  • 02:10 - 02:25

    Horizons of partnership between the public and private sectors in respect to open data initiatives

    Prospects for Public-Private Partnership in Open Data Initiatives Data is the infrastructure of the future due to the development and emergence of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impact on all sectors. In Oman, open data can contribute through government-facilitated initiatives that stimulate local value-added contribution to the private sector, particularly in the five key sectors of the Ninth Five-Year Plan and Oman Future Vision 2040 : 1. Transformative Industries 2. Transport and logistics 3. Food and water security 4. Tourism 5. Mining Based on two important growth factors: First, the sustained growth in the importance of harmonizing the use of technology to improve the productivity of vital sectors. Second, the global focus on sustainability and social responsibility development goals of the private sector. This paper will focus on proposing initiatives that the private sector can contribute by using open data to create a competitive advantage for the Sultanate as a leader in the smart sustainability sector.

  • 02:25 - 02:40

    Discussion session

    Discussion session

  • 02:40 - 03:00




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