First Open Data Commission of the DR is sworn in

The first Open Data Commission of the Dominican Republic was sworn in this Thursday, whose main objective is to work to facilitate access, use, reuse and redistribution of public information, thus seeking to have a transformative effect on accountability, debate and citizen participation.

With the creation of this commission, Decree 103-22 and the first National Open Data Policy of the Dominican Republic (PNDA-RD), which was conceived with the purpose of guaranteeing a culture of openness and innovation for the benefit of citizens, are being complied with.

The vice minister of the presidency, José Ramón Holguín, swore in this commission composed by
the general director of the DIGEIG, Dr. Milagros Ortiz Bosch; the vice minister of Economy, Planning and Development, Alexis Cruz Rodriguez, representing the minister Miguel Ceara Hatton, and the general director of the Government Office of Information and Communication Technologies (OGTIC), Pedro Antonio Quezada.

Also sworn in were the president of the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (INDOTEL), Nelson Arroyo; on behalf of the Technological Institute of the Americas (ITLA), the rector Omar Méndez Lluberes; the deputy director of the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP), Rosa Camila Rivera, presenting Cristian Sánchez Reyes, director of this entity, and the president of the Dominican Association of University Rectors (ADRU), José Hazim.

On behalf of the civil society, Mr. Arturo López Valerio, president of Cámara TIC and Mrs. Naomi Arboleda on behalf of Syra Tavares, executive director of the Centro de Investigación para la Acción Femenina (CIPAF) were sworn in.

By instructions of Decree NO. 103-22, its application is mandatory for all agencies belonging to the Executive Branch, whether centralized or decentralized, who are obliged to collect, structure and publish the information classified as priority, in an open and neutral format.

During the event, the general director of the DIGEIG, Milagros Ortiz Bosch, indicated that, together with civil society, “the government is turning into reality what was written and had never been done”.

She further expressed that these policies will have a transformative effect on all sectors of the economy, enhancing transparency and accountability, as well as the intelligent use of public sector data.

“The ethics in which the action that converts the law, the promise, the agreement into a commitment to change is a reality, then, I think, that the opportunity and the commitment that falls to
I think that the opportunity and the commitment that falls to us in the governmental part, to understand and participate together with the social part, is also a real vision of what the world needs today,” said the director of the DIGEIG.

For his part, the vice minister of the presidency, José Ramón Holguín, said during his presentation that data creates information to build thinking.

Likewise, the executive director of the DIGEIG, Berenice Barinas Ubiñas, emphasized that this National Open Data Policy promotes a space to advance in the fulfillment and strengthening of the use and add value to data in the Dominican Republic.

Immediately after the swearing in of this commission, it began the execution of its work, holding the first formal coordination meeting of the designated work. This Commission is responsible for developing and supervising the National Action Plan for the opening of Open Data.

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