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Greenland’s public records system will be open source

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Greenland’s next generation public records system is being built as open source. Last autumn, a contract was awarded to Denmark’s Magenta, an open source IT specialist, the company announced in January.

 

Next open source based, generation Public Records system for Greenlandic Agency for Digitisation

The government of Greenland wants to overhaul its current Grunddata (public records) system. According to the country’s digitalisation agency, one of the aims is to make it easier to share data between public administrations, businesses and citizens.

The modernisation should also increase public sector efficiency, by streamlining processes, deduplicating entries. The new system should also help to avoid requests for data that is already present in the public administration systems.

The new system is to provide high quality data, while passing on savings, and creating opportunities for growth and innovation, the Greenlandic Agency for Digitisation writes.

According to Morten Kjærsgaard, Magenta’s CEO, the agency did not require the solution to be built as open source. However, they agree with Magenta that the source code for the system should be shared as open source.

More information:

Announcement by Magenta (in Danish)
Grundata-ny at Greenlandic Agency for Digitisation (in Danish)
Greenland government awarded contract notices (in Danish)