Dr Mitrovic, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Systems at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), and the Managing Director and Head of Research at the Mitrovic Development and Research Institute (MDRI), was the guest of the Harold Pupkewitz Graduate School of Business (HP-GSB).
In his lecture, Mitrovic focussed on the fact that modern ICTs are driving an exponential increase in the volume and types of data available. In turn, this is creating unprecedented possibilities for informing and transforming local societies and for the protection of the environment. He said that opening government data and information holds huge benefits, including transparency, efficiency and innovation. He added that too many people, organisations and governments are excluded from harnessing these benefits because of a lack of resources, knowledge, capacity or opportunity.
“Opening government data creates the opportunity for transforming the relationship between government and the governed, and improving governance. It will also create a new sense of responsibility, accountability and transparency,” Mitrovic said.