Unique online service from DiXi Group: “The Energy Map is a real navigator in the energy coordinate system”
DiXi Group presented its updated open data service, Energy Map, within the framework of USAID’s Energy Sector Transparency project. From now on, one portal offers access to quality data concerning all energy markets of Ukraine.
“Our team launched this service in 2017, but now, we are rebooting it in a fully renewed version that’s even more convenient to use. The Energy Map is a platform with the largest database of official information about all sections of the Ukrainian energy sector. It is a real navigator in the energy coordinate system, where you can quickly find the data and statistics you need, thus saving time on gathering information and going straight to decision making,” DiXi Group Analytical Research Director Roman Nitsovych said during the presentation. “Every month, up to 5 million Ukrainians use open data-based services. And Kyiv School of Economics estimates that by 2025, the aggregate contribution of open data to economic development should reach US 1.4 billion, or almost 1% of GDP. The job we do is a part of the general movement toward development of this area.”
The Energy Map portal, created with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), helps reform the Ukrainian economy and provides new opportunities for Ukrainians. It offers quality input data public authorities and businesses, journalists and civil society can use for decision making. In addition, the Energy Map accumulates statistics and simplifies data exchange even within the ministries or between various government agencies. It gives a full picture of the actual situation in the energy sector and helps prevent manipulations of information. Journalists will find it easier to analyze processes taking place in various sectors and prepare materials about trends and investigations. All these factors make the situation transparent and stimulate the necessary changes in the energy sector. Open data and convenient access to it also help fight corruption.
According to DiXi Group Open Data Manager Andrii Bilous, publicly accessible official data from government institutions has always been hard to find and analyze.
“The majority of public authorities have problems with posting data on their websites and with the format of that data. Official statistics that one could take and use right away are few and far between. It takes a lot of time to prepare this data for analysis: restructure it, verify, “clean up”, and supplement all the necessary indicators,” the expert says. “On the Energy Map, the entire data is already gathered in one place and processed. It is important that on the same page, you will immediately receive exhaustive information about this data. The description tells you what this data is about, and explains certain specific aspects important to understand it. If this data is related to other tables, you will see links to these tables right there.”
Also, Energy Map users can get a better idea of how the Ukrainian energy sector operates from the section containing interactive schemes that show major phases from extraction to consumption of energy products: electricity, natural gas, heat, fuels. Schemes and diagrams featuring updated key data on the homepage will help you understand the major trends in the energy industry.
During the presentation, the portal’s IT developers pointed out certain specifics of the Energy Map, which can be considered technical highlights of this service. “Firstly, it’s the credibility of data easily downloadable from the Energy Map, which is placed in structured tables to reduce the risk of errors,” BWN Group Project Director Yevhenia Poremchuk said. “Another advantage is the subscription for data update notifications. They will be shown on your personal account after registration on the website, and emails will remind you about them. Thirdly, registered users will see on their account a token for authorization with AРІ. The availability of API gives additional options for a search based on various parameters and enables external web resources to use and automatically actualize data. For example, a business user can easily set up automatic monitoring of indicators for their analytics.”
Overall, users of this service receive access to more than 300 unique resources in a machine-readable format and to data from 30 official information controllers and market participants, and in addition, they can automatically monitor data updates. Another distinguishable feature of the Energy Map service is the option of downloading data with an English translation and selecting a file format.
The Energy Map service was created within the USAID Energy Sector Transparency Project implemented by DiXi Group NGO. The content of this publication is the sole responsibility of DiXi Group, and it does not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.