Open Official Statistics (BA0004)
Action Plan: Bosnia and Herzegovina Action Plan 2019-2021
Action Plan Cycle: 2019
Lead Institution: Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Support Institution(s): NA
Policy AreasCapacity Building, E-Government, Education, Environment and Climate, Gender, Health, Labor, Open Data
Which public issue will be addressed by this obligation?
Official statistics is a basic source of information about a country that provides to its social and economic structure, on an impartial basis, the numerical and representative data and information about the massive economic, demographic and social phenomena, as well as on developments in the field of labour and the environment.
The problem addressed by this obligation is the inadequate use of statistical data in decision-making processes, programming, policies, and inability to easily measure results by stakeholder organizations and citizens.
By increasing the availability and openness of a series of high quality and reliable data sets, we can expect progress in a large number of areas, as well as creating new products and services, development of innovations, increasing transparency and more.
What is the obligation?
Through the activities of the Agency for Statistics of BiH, we plan to increase the availability, openness and use of official statistical data in a way that all the data published by the Agency will be free, in a machine-readable form under the open license and constantly available at http://www.bhas.gov.ba consistent with the five-star implementation scheme. In addition to the above-mentioned activities and high-quality promotion that includes events and the development of educational materials, we want to boost the use of data and the development of innovative solutions.
How will the fulfilment of the obligation contribute to the solving of the public problem?
By opening data from different areas (gender, criminality, culture and art, education, social protection, population, labor market, national accounts, prices, foreign trade, construction, industry, investment, business statistics, tourism, agriculture, forestry, environment, energy, traffic, communications, etc.) we are encouraging the service improvement, economic growth, technological development and transparency.
In order to achieve this, it is necessary to improve the data infrastructure, overcoming the legal and organizational barriers and establish a sustainable and up-to-date open source information system on permanent web links. In order to make the most of the information we have available, we need active interaction with the users in order to understand their needs on one hand and to provide education to the users with the aim of making proper use of data and strengthening their skills.
Data opening improves their quality by influencing the methodology of collecting and computing through user reactions. Data users are business entities and their associations, state bodies and bodies of local self-government units, cultural, educational and scientific institutions as well as the wider public, and therefore it is important to have timely available, high quality, accurate, objective and independent quantitative information required for quality estimates and decisions.
Due to the broad spectrum of different users, for the purposes of education, it is necessary to produce various educational tools in the form of short animated films, brochures, presentations and infographics, with the aim of encouraging the development of innovative solutions, organizing competitions with symbolic prizes (eg. the most interesting application created on open data).
Why is this obligation relevant to OGP values?
Obligation means publishing more information, improving the quality of published information, and improving public access to information.
The obligation implies improving the possibility and ability of the public to influence the decision-making process by increasing the availability of data that is the basis for the argumentation.
The obligation implies an improvement of the measurement mechanism and a kind of impact indicator that will increase the public officials' responsibility to the public.
An additional budget for this obligation is not required. The statistics serve as a basis for calculating many SDG indicators.
Establish user-friendly interactive web portal bhas.gov.ba
Creating data sets from different areas and publishing under Open License in accordance with the five-star implementation scheme
Creating educational tools, interaction with users, and promotional events
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