Law requiring open data publication to be passed by Duma
N 18 January 2013

Law requiring open data publication to be passed by Duma

Russia's government bodies may soon be required by law to publish reports on their work on the Internet in the form of open data. A bill amending the country's law governing access to information related to authorities' work was submitted earlier to the State Duma and has already passed the first reading.

If approved, the bill will require authorities both on local and federal level to publish the open data on the Internet in a machine-readable format, so that it can be used by citizens, free of charge.

Lawmakers who drafted the bill hope it will make state institutions more transparent, as well as help form a market of open data-based applications and services. In the future, they believe, the new requirement will create "information basis for implementing the open government concept in Russia".