Open Data

A Week at The Open Data Institute: My Reflections

I was privileged to spend a week at The Open Data Institute (ODI) in London where I participated in the Open Data in Practice training program.  Throughout the past few years, I’ve been an active open data practitioner and researcher and I’ve been mainly depending on self-learning and my communications with the open data community around the world,  so I signed up for this training program  to gain deeper and wider understanding of the topic and it’s most recent development from such a leading institute.

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By |October 14th, 2013|Open Data|1 Comment

Building up the open data community in United Arab Emirates

Last week, I had an exciting opportunity to speak to representatives of federal and local government entities across United Arab Emirates (UAE)  in a workshop on Open Government Data. The workshop was organized by Emirates eGovernment as part of the awareness activities we had during the visit of Mr. Richard Kerby – the Senior Inter-Regional eGovernment Advisor at the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) to the country. […]

By |February 13th, 2012|Open Gov|0 Comments

Breaking: UN eGovernment Survey 2012 is out: UAE Tops Arab World and ranked top 10 in online servicesally

The United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) has just revealed the United Nations eGovernment Survey 2012 in New York. ِAccording to the UN eGovernment Index – a major component of the report that ranks the world countries covered by the report according to the advancement of their eGovernment programs  – UAE is now ranked […]

By |February 6th, 2012|Uncategorized|0 Comments

البيانات الحكومية المفتوحة: النفط الجديد

شارك المئات حتى لحظة كتابة هذا المقال في استبيان رأي مازال منشوراً  على بوابة حكومة الإمارات  ويهدف إلى استقراء آراء زوار البوابة حول أفضل السبل لتطويرها وتلبية الاحتياجات والتوقعات المتزايدة لجمهور الخدمات الإلكترونية الحكومية في الدولة.

وقد نشرت حكومة الإمارات الإلكترونية قبل أيام تحليلاً أولياً لعينة من مشاركات الجمهور. ويشير التحليل إلى أن قسماً كبيراً من المشاركين أكد على “ضرورة تعزيز البيانات الحكومية على المواقع الإلكترونية للجهات الحكومية “. أجد في هذا الاستطلاع مناسبة للبدء في كتابة سلسلة مقالات للتعريف بمفهوم  البيانات الحكومية المفتوحة (Open Government Data)، استهلها بهذا المقال الذي يقدم تعريفاً أساسياً بالمفهوم ومدى انتشار تبنيه حول العالم.
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By |January 30th, 2012|Open Gov|1 Comment

Emirates eGovernment’s 12 Major Milestones in 2011

In various levels, 2011 was both important and busy year for the eGovernment in UAE. Emirates eGovernment – the entity managing the program – took more strategic steps towards promoting open government and citizen participation practices by launching the open government data sub-portal and launching a government-wide social media usage guidelines. On the organizational side, the General Information Authority (the entity used to handle the eGovernmetn program) was merged with Telecom Regulatory Authority.

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By |December 31st, 2011|eGovernment, Gov 2.0, Open Gov, Social Media|4 Comments

From Cloud Computing 2011 to Open Data 2012: Research in Progress

My research activities for 2011 are just wrapping up in an exciting way,  I’ve just published a paper on cloud computing and started working on another one on Open Government Data.

The first one covers the shift towards cloud computing by UAE eGovernment, it describes the local context in which this shift is being made and the driving opportunities. In addition, it presents the first wave of deployed cloud services, the possible challenges in managing and marketing them and conclude with recommended solutions.

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By |December 28th, 2011|Uncategorized|1 Comment

GCC States Take a First Step Towards Open Data

The wave of open data has finally reached the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries where three out of the six countries have launched dedicated open data portals at the national level.

While United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia (SA) dedicated a section for open data within their national portals (http://www.government.ae/web/guest/uae-data and http://bit.ly/jTye5X) respectively, Bahrain […]

By |June 8th, 2011|Open Gov|2 Comments