SEEC Open Data
What is Open Data?
Open government data is a source of data that can be used freely by individuals without any kind of technical, financial, or legal restrictions. Any individual has the right to reuse and publish these data provided that the requirements of the legal license under which such data is published should be taken into consideration.
Open government data helps to bridge the gap between government entities and the individuals, who get many benefits from open data presented in various forms and different categories, such as:
- Knowing the methods and procedures that government entities use in work.
- Evaluating and assessing the performance of different administrative divisions, that enables them to present their views, supported by information about the government policies.
- permitting the individuals to use the information in conducting scientific research, writing reports, making observations, and expressing their opinions.
- Creating online applications on the internet or smart devices based on the government's open data.
The main role of the open data portal:
Establishing the data Platform of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is considered an important initiative. It aims to create a governmental database and set up an overall strategy to enable transparency, encourage electronic participation, and stimulate activities of creativity. The main role of the data portal is to disseminate a set of data related to government entities in the form of open data and to make the data available to all beneficiaries.
Usage Instructions and Data Users Responsibilities:
All visitors to the National Open Data Portal have the right to use and reuse the data set that is available on the electronic Portal in accordance with the criteria of usage policy.
If you transfer a dataset or any derived dataset, or if you transfer a dataset as a part of another dataset, or if this data was previously used in a particular application or a study, then you must:
- Include a copy of the Open Data License with any data set, or any derived data, or any other related documents.
- Keep any related notifications, alerts, or any other relevant documents regarding the copyrights or dataset rights which refer to Open Data License.
- If required notices and notifications cannot be placed in a specific profile because of the file structure, then you must include these notifications and notices in an appendix (in a form of an attached guide).
- This data must not be used for the purposes of political issues, supporting illegal or criminal activities or in discriminatory comments or evoking negative argumentative influence about certain social and cultural norms, or evoking incitement and inequalities, or any other activities that can be contrary to the regulations and the habits of the Saudi Arabia Kingdom.
You can read the usage policy in detail in section six of the Open Data License.
Availability and usage of the open governmental data in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is governed by the following main principles issued by the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial intelligence (SDAIA).