Philippines: Launch of open government data portal

Fires in the Philippines, seen from Space by NASA's Terra satellite.
Fires in the Philippines in 2002, seen from Space by NASA's Terra satellite.
Credits: NASA

On 27 November 2013, the Philippine government will launch their new open government data portal: data.gov.ph, as abs-cbnnews reported. The site will serve as repository for public national government datasets that can be easily accessed by the public.

The portal will be managed by the Open Data Task Force composed of Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, the Department of Budget and Management, and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO). It will use easy-to-access file formats such as plain text files and comma-separated values for spreadsheets, compared to PDF files that are difficult for data analysts to process.