Ukraine has once again joined the marking of International Open Data Day. The team of the Ministry of Digital Transformation held a strategic session "Open Data: Now and for Post-War Reconstruction" - the first large-scale event in the field of open data since the beginning of the full-scale war. This year's anniversary was supposed to be the fourth, but last year's event was canceled due to the full-scale invasion.
"Open data is the foundation of democracy. It is crucial for us not only to open new datasets, but also to ensure the quality of the existing datasets, verification of data in registers. We also need to ensure the sustainability of open data so that this process is inevitable. Our main challenge now is to restore access to all open data that is closed due to the full-scale invasion. This will allow us to use them to ensure a fast, efficient, and transparent process of post-war reconstruction of Ukraine," said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov.
"Ukraine is the first and only country in the world with a developed open data sector that has faced armed aggression. Despite this, we continue to work on increasing the transparency and accountability of the government. After all, this is what makes it possible to track government and management decisions. And most importantly, to influence their adoption and implementation.
The war has affected our lives, and open data is no exception. To ensure national security and protect the lives and health of Ukrainian citizens, access to public information in the form of open data has been suspended. However, we continue to do our best to ensure that the public and businesses have full access to it.
To recap Ukraine has been setting trends in open data development for years. Also in 2022, our country was ranked second in the Open Data Maturity Report 2022 rating among 35 countries. In 2021, we were ranked sixth, and in 2020 - 17th. This year, the level of open data maturity in Ukraine is 97%.