The federal public administration has an extraordinary wealth of information. The free access to this public data set allows citizens and companies to know the key points that define the country’s progress and development, in addition to ensuring the greater transparency, collaboration and participation of the institutions. The disclosure of this information also encourages innovation and entrepreneurship, creating new economic opportunities.
Sure enough, we are talking about Open Data, digital data which is public in nature, generated by the offices and institutions of the federal public administration and state-owned productive companies, which are accessible online and can be used, reused and redistributed by any interested party.
To be classified as “open”, the Official Journal of the Federation stipulates that the data sets must count on a series of minimum specifications: be free of charge, non-discriminatory, freely usable and machine-readable. Additionally, they should be integral, primary, timely and permanent.
Mexico, leading the field in open data
Within a few years, Mexico has developed and implemented an ambitious national open data policy. This policy is intended to create value from the use and re-use of government data by any person and for any purpose. In this way, the federal government has launched several initiatives such as the executive decree on Open Data, the Open Data website or the initiative for economic development Labora, to promote the opening-up of data to benefit the digital economy.
This commitment to the opening of public sector data is reflected in the position that Mexico currently occupies in the OECD for open public data, use and reuse, the OURdata index. Thus, Mexico is ranked in second place in terms of reuse and impact co-creation with open data, and fifth in the overall table.
In spite of these good results, the Government has pledged to continue promoting initiatives with open data, in order to stimulate the use and maximise the potential of Open Data. This strategy seeks, among other things, to increase the quality of existing data by means of collaborative creation strategies.
The quality of the data
Open data are essential to create transparent institutions that are responsible and efficient, as well as to guarantee public access to the information. In fact, the number of things that could go wrong if the information collected at source was erroneous or not up to date, are countless.
On this basis we also understand that, the better the structured and enriched the data are from the source, the easier it will be to reuse them and to build applications that can process them automatically. Similarly, the more quality data there is, the more information and services that can arise, so that the benefits gained from it will be greater, increasing the demand, and, consequently, its greater reuse.
By ensuring an optimal quality of these data at source we will achieve as a result that the tools which subsequently use these standardised and corrected data, such as systems of Master Data Management (MDM), Business Intelligence (BI), Geographical Information Systems (GIS), etc., deliver better results.
DEYDE, as a company that reuses public data has always shown a great interest in supporting any type of initiative aimed at promoting the dissemination of these data. Its Data Quality tool, MyDataQ, enables the unification and optimising of all databases, facilitating the work of not only those people in charge of managing these data, but also the companies that reuse them. MyDataQ is, ultimately, the base layer on which to establish business systems such as those mentioned above (ERP, CRM, BI o GIS) and if the base is not quality, the results will not be the most advisable.
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