OpenGovIntelligence Showcase: The Lithuanian Pilot
The OpenGovIntelligence Project is running six pilot projects on different aspects of improving public services with multidimensional statistical data. This is the fourth of a series of interviews with partners involved in each pilot; aimed at showcasing the vision of the pilot and its focus audiences. Here I speak with Ramūnas Čižas, who works with Enterprise Lithuania about the vision of the Lithuanian pilot, a collaborative project with technical partners NUI Galway.
Hi Ramūnas, can you tell us a bit about the Lithuanian pilot’s role in the OGI project?
As part of the Lithuanian pilot, Enterprise Lithuania are analysing needs and opportunities that data can bring in the real world. Our partners, NUI Galway, are assigned with making the technical side work.
The name of our pilot is “Enhancing one-stop-shop for businesses” and the objective is to create a tool that would have two purposes:
- To help entrepreneurs and investors analyse and compare the business environment in different municipalities and
- allow them to make data based decisions about opening or expanding their business activities in Lithuania.
Technically we want to create something similar to this tool from New Zealand.
What do you feel are the key aspects of your pilot in the project?
A key part of our pilot is to show the practical usability and effectiveness of Linked Open Statistical Data (LOSD). We view LOSD as an innovative part of a larger data ecosystem and believe the tool created in this pilot will enhance the current e-services provided by the Lithuanian Point of Single Contact. This site currently serves businesses in two ways:
- simplifies procedures for obtaining permits and licenses to service providers and provides full information about the requirements applied to their activities.
- ensures access to concrete national rules for businessmen with respect to the products which are not regulated by the EU in order to supply such products to the Lithuanian market.
Which audience do you want to reach with your pilot?
The Lithuanian pilot aims to reach entrepreneurs and investors who need simple and quick market research.
How are you going to reach your target audience for the pilot?
We plan to communicate, disseminate and spread information about the tool on the Enterprise Lithuania website as well as other channels, such as newsletters and events.
How are you going to ensure user engagement?
User engagement will take place via workshops, seminars, hackathons and user surveys. We’ll also create online functionality to collect users feedback.
What do you feel are the main advantages of using multidimensional statistical data?
When data is published as multidimensional statistical data, it provides a better understanding of how different things (data, indicators) are related to each other. The benefit we’re hoping to bring with our pilot tool is to both simplify, and clarify, the business analysis process.
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