Ukraine Advances Bill to Post More Information Online

25 March 2015

The Ukrainian Parliament March 5 gave preliminary approval (with 243 votes) to a law that would make more public information available online and free of charge, according to an article by Boxhena Sheremeta in the Kiev Post.

Government agencies would have to publish operational data, statistics and reports on a national open data web platform.

President Petro Poroshenko submitted the law as part of the Digital Ukraine Association Initiative, actively promoted by Dmytro Shymkiv, deputy head of President’s Administration office and former chief at Microsoft Ukraine, according to the article. A second reading is necessary.

The national open data platform called Data.gov.ua was developed in April 2014 by the Ukrainian tech nongovernmental organization SocialBoost that promotes open access and other non-commercial social information technology projects.

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