The Diia.Engine platform is an innovative solution that will help ministries and government agencies to conveniently create and manage registers. This will allow for the orderly and secure storage of data in registers, automation and digitisation of public services, thus boosting the launch of online services and digitalisation in general.
Mykhailo Fedorov, Deputy Prime Minister for Innovation, Education, Science and Technology and Minister of Digital Transformation, presented the tool's capabilities, its main functionality and development plans. Other speakers at the presentation included Valeria Ionan, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation, Julia Schappert, Head of Digitalisation Projects at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Yurii Shchyhol, Head of the State Service for Special Communications and Information Protection, and Viktor Liakh, President of the East Europe Foundation.
"To get a service in Diia, you only need to make a few clicks. But this is just the tip of the iceberg. Behind each service are registers and data exchange between them. This is the basis for creating a digital state. Diia.Engine is a tool that will allow you to create and manage registries. The cost of development on the platform is half that of a conventional one. The development time is two to three times faster. Currently, 50 registries are being developed on the Diia.Engine platform. Some of them are already in operation, others are under development and will be ready in the near future," said Mykhailo Fedorov.
One of the most popular registers developed with the help of Diia.Engine is the Register of Damaged and Destroyed Property. Today, the register contains more than 520,000 reports from Ukrainians. It became the basis for the launch of the comprehensive eVidnovlennia (eRecovery) programme, which is the foundation of Ukraine's transparent reconstruction. Thanks to the registry, Ukrainians can receive a unique and technically complex service in a few clicks.
"Every fifth cyberattack by russian hackers targets government agencies. We have no right to allow such attacks to succeed. And we cannot allow fears about the security of our systems to stop our development, to stop the development of the digital society and the introduction of new services. That is why the state has created a space where state databases will be protected. By declaring a course for digitalisation, we also provide a tool for implementing this digitalisation in an open, transparent and secure manner," said Yurii Shchyhol, Head of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine.
There are more than 400 state registers in Ukraine. Many of them are technologically outdated and vulnerable to cyberattacks. Some are still stored in paper or Excel spreadsheets. Such registers cannot exchange data with other systems. This makes it impossible to launch many digital services and develop a digital state. The Diia.Engine platform is a system solution that changes the approach to creating and managing registries.
"With the launch of the innovative Diia.Engine, the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine is not only optimising the interaction and data management in Diia, the most important digital interface between the state and citizens, but also laying the foundation for improved services 'from the state for the state'. As a low-code platform, Diia.Engine improves the efficiency of public digital services for all sectors and administrative levels. Today, specific solutions based on Diia.Engine have already been developed. I am proud that GIZ is contributing to these processes on behalf of the German Federal Government and look forward to future cooperation," said GIZ Project Director Julia Schappert.
The Diia.Engine platform allows government agencies to develop registers of varying complexity using simple tools as well as automate government services and databases. This does not require large teams and, accordingly, a budget to pay for their work. Developers receive training and advice on how to use the functionality.
Currently, 20 ministries and central executive agencies use the Diia.Engine platform to create more than 50 registers and over 100 public services. In particular, more than 20 registers are being developed as part of projects implemented by the German government company Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German government. The development of these registers is being carried out with the support of the East Europe Foundation. Most of them are being created from scratch, as previously data collection was either outdated or not conducted at all. Consequently, it was impossible to analyse the data and establish potential data exchange.