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UAE Open Data

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Project Overview

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With our assistance, the UAE Open Data portal now serves as an enhanced platform promoting the concept of a digital knowledge economy and fostering community participation and transparency. The platform upgrade has significantly improved discoverability, usability, and engagement, allowing various stakeholders to easily access and analyze datasets across a range of sectors, including economy, education, society, technology, transportation, environment, government, health, and infrastructure. This transformation has further propelled FCSC towards becoming a global leader in the open data field.

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Datopian proudly partnered with the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre - FCSC, a branch of the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs in the United Arab Emirates - UAE, to upgrade their UAE Open Data portal. FCSC, devoted to raising awareness about the importance of accurate, high-quality data for policy-making and strategic planning, sought to advance their open data platform to keep up with the latest technological trends. Their ambition was to be among the top 10 countries worldwide in open data. Our goal was to help them achieve this by developing a modern, engaging, and user-friendly open data portal that would provide UAE-focused data to the public.

Key Features & Functionality

  • The upgraded Open Data portal boasts several state-of-the-art features:

  • A modern UI/UX design for an easy-to-navigate, decoupled CKAN data portal.

  • A bilingual interface in English and Arabic, with a right-to-left content flow catering to Arabic users.

  • Integration of a custom GhostCMS for straightforward content management and improved SEO.

  • Implementation of resource citation, sharing, rating, and visualization for enhanced user engagement.

  • A CKAN dataset approval workflow to ensure the quality and accuracy of data.

  • Dynamic charts for insightful data display.

  • An enhanced data catalog experience, enabling easy navigation and exploration of diverse datasets.

Services Provided

  • Throughout the project, Datopian provided a comprehensive suite of services to FCSC:

  • UI/UX Design: Creation of a modern, user-friendly design for the open data portal.

  • Bilingual Implementation: Development of a bilingual portal in English and Arabic, with tailored content flow.

  • CMS Integration: Integration of GhostCMS for improved content management and SEO.

  • User Engagement Tools: Implementation of resource citation, sharing, rating, and visualization features.

  • CKAN Upgrade: Upgrading CKAN to a newer version (2.9.5) and carrying out database migration.

  • Data Approval Workflow: Building a CKAN dataset approval workflow to ensure data quality.

  • Data Visualization: Creating dynamic charts for data display.

  • Enhanced Navigation: Improving the data catalog experience with easy navigation.