| James Kon |
BRUNEI Darussalam is looking to build its ‘National Centralised Database (NCDB) – for government use, with its implementation scheduled to start in the second quarter of the year.
The data centre project was
revealed by Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office Yang Berhormat Dato
Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Mokti bin Haji Mohd Daud. He made these
comment in his reply to member of the Legislative Council (LegCo) Yang
Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul
Rahman’s question on databases yesterday morning during the third day of
the 15th LegCo session.
Yang Berhormat Siti
Rozaimeriyanty asked whether the relevant authorities have carried out
plans to make data.gov.bn more efficient or whether there will be
a new database centre serving as one-stop platform containing all the
needed important information.
“data.gov.bn is a
portal aimed at sharing government data that is classified as public
data which do not contain any sensitive information, including
statistics and aggregated data that can be accessed and downloaded by
the public for free online,” Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang
Abdul Mokti added. “The portal enables the sharing of open data more
widely to raise transparency in the government services.”
Government agencies in the
country are encouraged to share their non-sensitive data with the
public, with the responsibility of holding such data lying with the
respective government agencies.
“In an effort to ensure the
information on the portal is frequently updated,” the minister said,
“the E-Government National Centre (EGNC) as the coordinating agency will
continuously hold discussions with data owners and send reminder emails
for the data to be updated and for additional data to be uploaded to
increase the amount of accessible data on the portal.”
The NCDB initiative, he said, will be implemented by the EGNC.
The project is in the tendering stage, with the advertisement for the project being published last year.
The minister added that the
project scope covers the building of the infrastructure of the database
for use by information technology (IT) projects under the 11th National
“This is to allow for
better integration of information among government agencies,” the
minister said. “The NCDB will introduce a new service called ‘Data base
is a service’ aimed at reducing government expenditure in preparing
databases for IT projects under the 11th National Development Plan.
“It will provide convenience to all the
government agencies by allowing them to keep their data at the centre.
In addition, the project also has the scope of functioning as a national
information hub, playing a role (as a repository) for common data such
as names, address and phone numbers. An Application Programming
Interface (API) system will be used for this database project.”
Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin