Moldova’s Open Data Movement

Case study: Moldova’s open data movement

This case study was supported by the Partnership for Open Data, funded by the World Bank

Author: Veronica Cretu, Open Government Institute, Moldova

Executive summary

Moldova embarked on a national open data initiative in 2011 as part of its Governance e-Transformation Agenda. The initiative has drawn support from the highest levels of government, with two Prime Ministerial directives and new legal provisions solidifying the country’s commitment to opening up government data by default.

Led by the e-Government Centre, the initiative has spurred the release of 782 datasets from 39 institutions across the government.

One critical factor contributing to the success of the initiative was the political support from the Prime Minister and State Chancellery. Other crucial elements have been the solid legal framework and the development of the open data portal:

Although Moldova has taken significant strides towards the goal of making government data open by default, a number of challenges remain. These include:

  • A lack of interoperability and digitised data.
  • Outdated practices in charging for PSI reuse.
  • A lack of inventories to keep track of available data for reuse.
  • A lack of necessary data-related skills in the public sector.
  • Uncertainty surrounding privacy and confidentiality.

Current efforts revolve around the need to enforce existing legislation and maintain political support for open data.

In the next phase of open data implementation, the following steps are recommended:

  • An entry test or examination for to equip civil servants working with open data with the necessary skills for working with data, and presenting it in appropriate formats for consumption.
  • Support initiatives based on the use of open data for creation of useful applications for citizens/different target groups/beneficiaries.
  • Continue raising awareness about the importance of open data for government transparency, accountability, efficiency and effectiveness.
  • ‘Open data by default’ should be embedded into any IT system or e-service being designed, developed and used in government.
  • Match the supply of open government data with demand from civil society, media and business to unlock economic value and track government performance.
  • Promote local ownership of open data efforts, so that open data becomes part of Local Public Authorities’ agenda.
  • Develop open data competencies across society by introducing data analysis, coding and other relevant skills into the formal school curriculum.


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