How to get updated and official data on Indonesia?

Good news for those who are looking for updated and official data on Indonesia released by ministries, government institutions, local administrations and all other data-producing organizations on Indonesia! A taskforce unit assisting the President for supervision and development control has launched late last year a data portal on Indonesia. 

The portal can be accessed via data.go.id. It is an official and open data center available in various formats and accessible for the public with the hopes that the data can be used for other good and innovative purposes to speed up the country's development programs. 

All the data available in the portal is categorized as public domain and none of the classified information whatsoever will be posted in sync with Law No. 14/2008 on Transparency in the Public Information.

Upon its launch last year, the portal has stored 700 data resources supplied by 23 institutions. Jakarta administration and Bojonegoro regental administration are among the first two administrations willing to submit the data to the portal. 

The data cover economic, educational, population, energy, health and procurement sectors, which can be used for journalistic purposes, government projects, public use, business analysis and scholarly works that may require data support. 

According to a taskforce director Mardianto Jatna, the launch of the portal is expected to encourage data providers to ensure data validity and update via data exchange and verification across the government institutions and ministries. 

“We can imagine [the complication] previously took place as once we published the data, we might find the same data were released separately by Ministry A and Ministry B, even though they refer to the same data. Worse still, drafting relevant policies based on the data analysis become more complicated since each ministry claim that the data their own [is more valid]," Mardianto said. 

In other cases, some ministries have decided to postpone in taking decision excusing for incomplete data collection. 

“Our challenge now is to improve data quality and better synchronize data in one ministry and the other," he added. 

Better data quality and synchronized data would be help support in policy making and in turn prompt faster growth. 

Source: data.go.id, kompas.com Image Credit:powerofus.force.com