Ministry launches public consultation on draft Open Data Policy

Sunday, March 9, 2014
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The Ministry of Information & Communications Technology  today launched a public consultation to seek inputs on a draft policy to introduce and implement the principles of Open Data in a standardized manner across all government agencies in the State of Qatar.

The consultation is part of fulfilling the Qatar’s National Development Strategy (NDS) 2011-16 mandate that requires efficient and transparent delivery of public services in Qatar to achieve the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030 for social progress, human development, a sound and diversified economy and a sustainable environment. The strategy also states that in order to build a knowledge-based society, it is important in the long-term for Qatar to create an open, transparent culture where knowledge bases are kept current and easily accessible, which in turn develops the capacity and culture for routinely processing, sharing and interpreting information.

The draft Open Data Policy will help Qatar in improving transparency, public participation in governance and delivery of efficient government services, thereby assisting the State of Qatar to achieve its national development goals.

We would like to invite all interested institutions and individuals to submit comments on the draft policy.

In view of the requests received from some stakeholders to extend the deadline for submission of feedback on the draft Open Data Policy, we are pleased to announce that the new deadline is now May 1, 2014. If you have not sent your feedback/comments already, kindly do so within the extended deadline. Should you have any questions or clarifications, please do not hesitate to write to us at

The consultation document can be found here.