Open data
Introduction to Open Data
  • Open data refers to data that can be freely used by any individual without technical, financial, or legal restrictions. Additionally, it can be reused and redistributed while adhering to the legal license requirements under which this data is published through the national portal for open data.
The goal of open data
  • Enabling stakeholders to access conformity assessment body services to verify their eligibility by ensuring the validity and scope of their accreditation by the center.
  • Enabling researchers and stakeholders interested in the center's activities to access data on accredited conformity assessment bodies through the center's website, in addition to the open data platform.
  • Enhancing transparency by providing beneficiaries access to data.
The main Principles of Open Data
The first principle: The default in data is accessibility

This principle ensures the accessibility of public sector data to everyone by disclosing it, enabling access to it, or using it unless its nature requires non-disclosure, privacy protection, or confidentiality.

The second principle: Open format and machine-readable accessibility

Data is made available and provided in a machine-readable format that allows for automated processing, typically saved in commonly used file formats such as CSV, XLS, JSON, or XML.

The third principle: Timeliness of data

The latest version of open data sets is regularly published and made available to everyone as soon as they are ready. Additionally, aggregated data collected by public entities is released as quickly as possible once collected, whenever feasible, with priority given to data that becomes less useful over time.

The fourth principle: Comprehensiveness

Open data sets should be comprehensive and include the maximum amount of detail possible, reflecting recorded data in a manner that does not contradict personal data protection policies. Descriptive data should also be included to explain and clarify priority data, along with providing explanations or methodologies that illustrate how the data is extracted or calculated.

The fifth principle: Non-discrimination

Open data sets should be accessible to everyone without discrimination and without the need for registration. Anyone should be able to access published open data at any time without the need to verify their identity or provide a reason for accessing it.

The sixth principle: Without financial cost

Open data must be made available to everyone free of charge.

The seventh principle: Open Data Licensing in the Kingdom

Open data is subject to a license that defines the legal framework for using open data, as well as the terms, obligations, and restrictions imposed on the user. The use of open data indicates acceptance of the licensing terms.

The eighth principle: Governance model development and inclusivity

Open data facilitates access and participation for everyone, enhances the transparency and accountability of public entities, and supports decision-making processes and service delivery.

The ninth principle: Inclusive Development and Innovation

Entities are expected to play an active role in promoting the reuse of open data and providing the necessary resources and expertise to support it. Entities should work collaboratively with stakeholders to empower the next generation of innovators in the field of open data and involve individuals, institutions, and the public in general within the framework of open data capabilities.