ICLEI Indonesia webinar tackles challenges and opportunities in urban development data governance

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability Indonesia, the Geospatial Information Agency (BIG), Lokahita, and the Association of Urban and Regional Planners (IAP), held the third of the four-part webinar series on urban data governance last 27 January 2021.

Focused on the opportunities and challenges in Indonesia’s urban development landscape, the event was attended by policymakers, national and local decision-makers, academics, practitioners, NGOs, private sector representatives, and various other stakeholders in the fields of urban development and geospatial information.


Dr. Vivi Yulaswati, Head of the Secretariat for the National Coordination of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Ministry of National Development Planning/Bappenas, presented the important role of data and information in the context of SDGs, particularly goal No. 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

“It is true that the SDGs indicators already have national metadata compiled by adopting global standards. However, the metadata currently are still not uniform. A systematic, up-to-date, uniform, and easily accessible SDG data management is needed”, Dr. Yulaswati explained.

According to Dr. Vivi Yulaswati, the 7 Development Agendas of Indonesia are already in line with SDGs for the next 5 years, and have been translated into Local Action Plans (RAD). There are currently 29 provinces already with RAD. The development mayors and regents of these provinces were involved in the development of the plans to facilitate the localization of SDGs.

She highlighted the potential of using big data to strengthen city governance and to enhance the quality of public policy. In terms of real-time awareness, these can help in the analysis of Indonesia’s dynamic activities, supporting program planning, program implementation, early warning systems, and rapid evaluation efforts to nimbly correct policies and accelerate efforts towards existing targets.

Thus, a comprehensive understanding of big data must be continuously developed, while relevant skills such as data analysis must be given a premium.

Drs. Oktorialdi, MA. PhD., Coordinator Secretariat of One Data Indonesia Central Level of Bappenas, also underpinned the importance of uniformity for effective data governance, as stated in the Indonesian One Data Policy or Kebijakan Satu Data Indonesia (SDI). It regulates the implementation of data governance to support planning, implementation, evaluation, and control of development.

“Some challenges we face are socialization because it is difficult to develop socialization systems that are effective, while at the same time, easily understood by people and experts for particular areas,” he mentioned.

To internalize the identified challenges, the SDI Secretariat established One Data Forum, which plays a vital role in resolving data governance issues in Indonesia. The One Data Forum is an association of experts that review data through discussion, communication, coordination, and decision-making. Their tasks include sorting data, determining priority data, and then identifying appropriate action plans.  Bappenas supervises the forum at the national level. Additionally, it is locally-controlled by Regional Development Planning Agency/Bappeda.

Mr. Ade Komara, Head of the Center for Topographic Mapping and Toponym of BIG, explained the importance of in-depth geospatial analysis for better planning going forward.

He emphasized that the Base Map for National Development Infrastructure is valuable for two main reasons. The first is producing thematic maps. The second is easing the application for investment permits for the development of infrastructure, transportation, and public services, which subsequently can support economic growth and public welfare.

Moreover, the use of spatial maps has increased in recent years, showing support in the acceleration of large-scale base maps provisioning.

Currently, some of the challenges for the development of the national base map include weather elements and disturbances, which can significantly affect the quality of satellite data. For example, the quality of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) images can be affected by clouds, limiting the time window for image acquisition.

Further, Mr. Komara also added another challenge, “Because of the sheer size of the land area of Indonesia (1.9 million km2), it is difficult and would take a lot of time to do data acquisition and develop a national base map, Mr. Komara expressed.


Mr Ridwan Sutriadi, Ph. D., Senior Lecturer of the School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development (SAPPK) of the Bandung Institute of Technology, discussed the techno-polis or a city of technology on which activities pivot.

Mr. Sutriadi also emphasized the importance of collaboration between stakeholders to carefully choose and introduce appropriate technologies to avoid technophobia, where people are fearful of technologies and their impacts.

“Therefore, this needs to be considered when digital nuance arises”, he added.

Overall, data governance in urban development indeed encounters challenges but also invites many opportunities. More importantly, this webinar indicates the significance of data uniformity (One Data Indonesia) and collaboration between stakeholders for successful urban development.

Thus, for future reference, data needs to be considered as assets. Otherwise, there is a risk of asymmetric information in the development process planning.

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