Major Technology Trends Affecting Government Data in Developing Countries

Major Technology Trends Affecting Government Data in Developing Countries

Saleem Zoughbi (Bethlehem University, Palestine)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1703-0.ch008
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The success of government data platforms and systems do not depend only on technology. There are other issues that affect this progress. Some of these are very essential to the continuity and not only the implementation, such as leadership. Other issues are the absence of a clear well adopted policy and legal framework that governs its data, security of data, cyber legislation and laws. The government-provided ICT resources and the infrastructure would also be an important issue that would affect government data. Financing is also another critical issue. For developing countries, sustainability of development is a necessity for best impact of development projects. As it is adopted by the United Nations, sustainable development goals (SDG's for the agenda of 2030) have substantial dependency on information and communications technology. All goals practically require government data in one way or another, and hence sustainable development is directly related to government data should successful development is sought. Other issues include open data, open government. This chapter discusses such issues and sheds light on ways of handing them.
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Government Data Strategy

Any part of the government operating in an information technology environment should have already been consulted regarding the national ICT strategy and the long-term plan for development sector needs to optimize the value of its ICT investments. The scope of that plan and the need for alignment with plans of other parts of the government have been already addressed. A sub-strategy of this ICT strategy has become necessary to distinctly identify, that is the government data strategy. This suggestion for a government data strategy could include the following pillars.

  • Develop different models based on ways using and needs for government data. Government data solutions must be appropriate to the context in which they are used and easily adapted to changes in that context if they are to have long-term value.

  • Align strategy of government data with the broader ICT national strategy. Consideration should not be only the ways in which the government data platform currently operates, but necessary changes to meet its strategic goals and contribute to achievement of good governance.

  • Invest in a technology portfolio of field-tested technologies - a platform of plug-and-play components - that addresses common data needs and can be quickly adapted and extended to address local variations as needed. This will reduce the time, cost and risk of embedding new technologies.

  • Develop strategic partnerships with stakeholders of government dat. These partnerships should evolve, scale and sustain policies and regulations of government data.


The word “Future” has much reference to the present in his title. Many of these trends are already clear and if not implemented, they are being developed for presentation to the consumers and users in the very near future. In looking at future trends, we should keep in mind the current technology development and the areas where the most impact is observed (McKinsey & Company, 2015). These include many areas, like Cloud Computing, Smart Systems, Mobile Devices, Analytics, 3D Printing, Connectivity, Social Media, Internet of Things and Digital Services.

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