Since the implementation of regional autonomy in 2001, efforts to improve governance have been ongoing with all kinds of innovations that have been realized with a good governance policy within a Good Governance concept. One of the policies taken by the Indonesian government in order to realize good governance is the issuance of Law No. 14 of 2008 concerning Public Information Openness.

One of the mandates of Law No. 14 of 2008 is that all activities related to government administration and state management must be open at all levels and can be monitored by the public by opening and providing data and information to the public completely, validly and accurately.

Although Law 14 of 2008 has been implemented for the past 12 years, its implementation has not been fully implemented well by public bodies. One of them, there are still many public bodies that only show their self-image in their own field, even though they already have a website, but most of them only convey information on activities in their institutions.

So that it still highlights the self-image of the government or institution; the request for information made by the community is still long-winded so that there are still many disputes over public information disclosure; the unavailability of Public Information Lists (DIP) so that the information needed is still not easily accessible to the public, even though the access to information must be efficient, fast and inexpensive.

At the end of 2019, NTB Province was awarded the title of Informative Public Agency with the highest qualifications. This award is inseparable from the policies and innovations of the NTB Provincial Government in opening information to the public, including the existence of information channels such as NTB Care, NTB Gemilang, and the NTB Satu Data Portal.

I Gede Putu Aryadi, Head of the Office of Communication and Information Technology of NTB Province stated that “the commitment of the NTB Provincial Government to implement open government is indeed high, it can be seen from the seriousness in realizing the NTB One Data, which hopes can make it easier for people to find and get the information they need,” he said.

In fact, our Deputy Governor instructed to empower human resources (HR) or Posyandu cadres as the frontline in collecting data and information in order to accelerate the realization of NTB Satu Data.

Meliana Lumbantoruan, Program Manager of PWYP Indonesia, stressed that “in line with the NTB government’s commitment, it is important to continue to oversee and encourage the updating of data and information that will be made available to the public. For example, for the mining sector, in NTB Satu Data there is still not much data and information published by the government, plus there is still a lot of data that has not been updated,” said Meliana.

In order to encourage the updating of data and information on the mining sector in NTB Province, one important step is to prepare thematic and sectoral DIPs, including preparing a Mining Sector DIP.

In this regard, PWYP Indonesia and SOMASI NTB have facilitated a workshop on the preparation of the mining sector DIP in NTB Province. The two-day workshop, 30-31 January 2020 in Mataram, was attended by officials and technical staff from the NTB Provincial EDSM Office, the NTB Provincial LHK Office, the Central Lombok Regency LH Office, the NTB Provincial Diskominfotik, the NTB Representative Ombudsman, the Information Commission NTB Province, and several representatives of civil society organizations in NTB such as Fitra NTB and Walhi NTB.

This workshop aims to carry out an inventory of data and information on the mining sector in West Nusa Tenggara Province which will be used as the main ingredient in the preparation of the Thematic DIP mining sector in NTB Province. In addition, it hopes that from this workshop, a draft of the Mining Sector DIP in NTB Province can be produced in accordance with comprehensive laws and regulations.

As expected as the workshop target, during the two days of the workshop, a draft of the Mining and Environmental Sector DIP was produced in NTB Province. This DIP draft will still have to wait for the official memo of the head of office to endorse it. With the existence of the Thematic DIP in the Mining and Environmental Sector, the NTB Provincial Government can make it a policy and reference innovation and also be replicated in other sectors.

NTB’s SOMASI Coordinator, Dwi Arie Santo stated that “the preparation of the DIP draft is already a step forward that must be appreciated, in which the NTB government is open to collaborating and receiving input from civil society, in order to realize a glorious NTB,” he said.

The journey to open governance within the NTB One Data Policy Commitment is still long, therefore all parties need collaboration to oversee the implementation process.