It was, until recently, a difficult task to obtain public information online in Ukraine. With a few exceptions, if someone needed data from any state authority, then a special written request was the only way to get it. This created difficulties and delays for both businesses and private persons. Moreover, this system made it almost impossible to automatically analyse and compare data from different public sources. This situation has changed significantly in the last six months.
On 21 October 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted the Resolution No. 835 indicating which data sets state bodies were to make public on their official web sites. The data sets are also to be made available on a single web platform - the web-site of the Unified State Web-Portal of Open Data, which is accessible via data.gov.ua.
On 4 February 2016, the Ministry of Regional Development approved the Open Data Road Map which sets out further steps for opening up official data. The Road Map was elaborated on by the State Agency for E-Governance, in cooperation with civil society representatives and the IT business community. This will ensure public and business support for the open data initiative, as well as making sure that they can oversee it. This plan is swiftly becoming reality: as of 18 April 2016, the Open Data Portal, currently operating in open test version, contained 807 sets of data from 142 state authorities.
The data currently available includes, inter alia:
- state-run database of Ukrainian legislation
- all intellectual property registries, including trade mark registers, patent registers, etc.
- lists of state-owned land plots, buildings, and other property available for lease or sale/privatisation
- contact information for state bodies and state-run companies
- detailed annual government procurement plans
- land and natural resources information, including geological maps, registries of permits for use of natural resources, etc.
- various statistical data sets as gathered by state bodies, including main economic indicators
- all police registries, including registers of wanted persons and vehicles
The Open Data Portal allows businesses to save substantial amounts of time by searching and downloading official data online, without the need for any paperwork. It also creates new business opportunities as the project encourages the development of third-party applications to process all the data made available by the website.
The Open Data Portal is constantly being updated and new information is being uploaded every day. All information is available free of charge and without any registration requirements.