Republic of Moldova went up in international ranking on coverage and openness of official statistics

In 2022, the Republic of Moldova ranked 15th in the world out of 192 assessed countries and 2nd place in Eastern Europe by the coverage and openness of official statistics data, according to the Open Data Watch Organization – Open Data Inventory (ODIN), which annually carries out an international assessment of official statistics websites in several countries of the world. In the previous ODIN edition (2020), our country was on the 19th place in the world and 3rd in Eastern Europe, thus the Republic of Moldova went up in the ranking with 4 positions compared to 2020.

At its sixth edition, ODIN assessed the websites of the producers of official statistics of the countries assessed. In the case of the Republic of Moldova, the official website of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the NBS Statbank were assessed. Also, some indicators were assessed from the dissemination platform of the results of the Population and Housing Census 2014  and the website of the National Bank of Moldova (NBM) Overall, a general score of 73 out of 100 was accumulated.

Generally, the assessment takes place according to several criteria. The Coverage of data” criterion refers to the assessment of 82 key statistical indicators from 23 categories of social, economic and environmental statistics. These indicators are assessed by the availability of disaggregations (including in the territorial profile) and available time series. In this chapter, for the reference period, the Republic of Moldova advanced by 7 points compared to the previous assessment, accumulating a score of 64 out of 100.

Another assessment criterion is the Openness of data. According to ODIN, the term 'open data' is defined as follows: "data is open if anyone has free access to use, modify and distribute it". This means that open data must be capable of being processed electronically, accompanied by metadata, exportable, used and redistributed freely by any user without certain restrictions (provided that the data source is acknowledged). In 2022, the average score of Open Data totaled 86 points out of 100, remaining at the same level as in the previous assessment.

We mention that, during the assessment, a series of recommendations are also provided, which generally refer to the publication of more disaggregated data by gender and territorial profile, the publication of more data in formats that can be read by automated systems, the publication of more detailed metadata, the publication of more historical data, the publication of more recent data, etc.

It should be noted that the purpose of ODIN is to provide an objective assessment of the coverage of official statistics and their compliance with open data standards.  When data is open, it can be used by all actors of society, without certain restrictions, to improve government policies and inform citizens. National statistics offices and their development partners can use ODIN for strategic planning and as a tool for measuring the development of the national statistical system.

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