Even more public data to be open in China
China will further integrate government information systems and
enable more information to be disclosed on how public resources are distributed,
according to a decision made at the State Council executive meeting chaired by
Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday.
The government will work to consolidate and integrate the national
data sharing and exchange platform to enable connectivity across networks, data
and administrative services, those at the meeting decided. This move is part of
the government’s effort to streamline administration, enhance compliance
oversight and provide better and faster administrative services to the
Chinese leaders have stressed on multiple occasions the importance
of integration, sharing and disclosure in the running of government information
President Xi Jinping said that the integration of information
resources should be pushed forward to break information silos and develop a
national information resources sharing system.
Li said that the integration and sharing of government information
systems should be accelerated to deliver better administrative services.
Meeting participants decided the contents and
modality of data sharing across State Council departments will be clearly
defined to ensure public access to information that can be released.
The 40 vertical information systems run by State Council bodies
will be made open to governments at various levels by the end of this year,
which will enable the sharing of service information on some 500 data items,
from identity verification to tax payment certificates, real estate registration
and academic degrees.
The security of information sharing also will be a priority.
In the establishment of any new government information system,
sharing will be a guiding principle to prevent duplication and new information
“We should use the integration of government information systems to
achieve connectivity of data and government services, and break the barriers to
our reform to streamline administration, enhance compliance oversight and
provide better services,” the premier said.
A new guideline, which specifies a set of requirements for
government information disclosure on the allocation of public resources, also
was approved at the meeting.
The guideline, issued as part of the plan by the Communist Party of
China Central Committee and the State Council to push forward government
information disclosure comprehensively, has identified a number of key areas for
information disclosure, including housing, transfer of State-owned land-use
rights and transfer of mining rights.