Officials from the World Bank and the Caribbean Open Institute on Monday began assessing Antigua and Barbuda’s readiness for adopting an open data program, which, it is hoped, will be adapted and replicated regionally.
Open Data is the idea that the Government should make available to others as much as possible the non-sensitive, non-personal data which it collects in the course of its operations. The data would be available in “raw”, machine-readable form for reuse for commercial or non-commercial purposes. Personal data and other sensitive data will of course continue to be fully safeguarded.
Minister of Telecommunications, Science and Technology Dr. Hon. Edmond Mansoor said following the completion of the assessment the Government of Antigua and Barbuda will apply to the World Bank for funding under their Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) to ensure implementation.