The recent publication by PARIS21 and Open Data Watch showed that national data portals have a lot to improve to make data accessible and open for all. In Asia-Pacific, many countries have recently launched dissemination platforms or are in the process of upgrading their existing systems. This Stats Café which took place on February 21st 2022 at 7:00 AM CET,  discussed the main features of a modern data portal and presented best practices to guide the development of better platforms. 

This Stats Café aimed to:

  • Discuss the current state of national data dissemination in Asia-Pacific. What technologies and approaches are used? What are the features of a state-of-the-art data portal?
  • Share country experiences in setting up national data dissemination platforms. What choices had to be made? What have been the challenges and lessons learned? What has been the impact in supporting evidence-based decision making?
  • Provide practical advice in adopting new platforms or enhancing existing systems. What recommendations should be adopted? What open-source platforms are available to countries?


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