The Agency for Administrative Modernization and the Lisbon City Council are working in partnership to develop a new platform, which will gather information from the city in the area of transport, health and education.
The objective is to create an electronic space for aggregating public information that can be used by the market, to develop applications aimed at individuals or companies, revealed this morning Maria Manuel Leitão Marques, Secretary of State for administrative modernization, while participating in a session dedicated to the Electronic Government, at the APDC congress.
According to the official, the project – which will integrate the Simplex autarkic next year – is in an initial phase, so it does not yet have a name, a set date for launch or a completely defined format. For now it is being thought of as «an information base».
Maria Manuel Leitão Marques mentioned the English project DataGov as a reference, but underlined that it is not yet certain that this Portuguese collaboration initiative will follow the same path.
The objectives of this information repository are clearer in the medium term. The objective is to involve more municipalities – the next development will be the metropolitan region of Lisbon – and it is also admitted that other efforts to make public information available may converge on the same platform.
The new legislation for small business licensing, on the basis of the recently launched zero licensing, already foresees the issue of making company registration data available online, information that in the future may converge to the same repository that will be made available to the market for reuse, exemplifies Maria Manuel Leitão Marques.
The Secretary of State anticipates that the data made available on the platform that will result from the partnership may be useful, for example for use in georeferencing applications.