The SIDF provides the open data to all visitors of the SIDF website, which allow the user to use it freely and without technical, financial or legal restrictions. The open data is a public data according to the law that aims to enhance participation and raise the level of knowledge. Website visitors and beneficiaries must review the policy for using such data to be aware of any new updates. It should also be noted that all open data available on the SIDF website are educational and not-for-profit.

Article 1: Definitions

SIDF Saudi Industrial Development Fund.
  • Policy: Open Data Policy.
  • Data: A collection of facts in a raw or an unorganized form, such as numbers, letters, images, videos, audio recordings, or symbols.
  • Open data: a specific set of public information - machine-readable - that is available to the public, free of charge and without restrictions, and any individual or public or private entity can use it and share it.
  • Data Access: Ability to view or make use of any data or resources in an information system of an entity.
  • Data availability: ensuring appropriate and reliable access to data and its use when needed.
  • Data Confidentiality: Maintaining authorized restrictions on data access or disclosure.
  • Protected data: data classified as (top secret, secret, restricted).
  • Data user: Any person who grants access to data for the purpose of viewing, using or updating it based on their responsibilities as authorized by the Business Data Executive.
  • National Open Data Platform: The central national portal dedicated for managing, storing, and publishing open datasets across the Kingdom. Open Data License: A license that regulates the use of open data.
  • Open format: Any widely accepted, non-proprietary, platform-independent, machine-readable method for transmitting data, which permits automated processing of such data and facilitates analysis and search capabilities.

Article 2: Scope

The provisions of this policy apply to all – unprotected –data and public information produced by the SIDF regardless of its source, form or nature. This includes paper records, emails, information stored on computers, audio or video tapes, maps, photographs, manuscripts, handwritten notes or any form of recorded information.

Article 3: Key Principles of Open Data

Principle 1: Open by Default

This principle ensures that SIDF avail its data to the public by default unless its nature requires non-disclosure, protection of privacy or confidentiality.

Principle 2: Open Format and Machine-Readable

Datasets should be made publicly accessible in a machine-readable format that allows automated processing. Data should be stored in widely used file formats (such as CSV, XLS, JSON, XML) that facilitate machine processing.

Principle 3: Up to Date

Open datasets should be regularly published in their most recent state and should be made available to the public in a timely fashion. Whenever feasible, data collected by SIDF should be released as quickly as it is gathered. Priority should be given to data whose utility is time sensitive.

Principle 4: Comprehensive

Open datasets should be as complete and as granular as possible, and to reflect the recorded data without contradicting the privacy policy or the personal data protection. Furthermore, SIDF ensures to include metadata that clarifies and explains the primary data by supporting it with explanations or equations to illustrate how the data is extracted or calculated.

Principle 5: Non-discriminatory

SIDF provide datasets available for all without discrimination and without the need for registration.

Principle 6: Free of Charge

SIDF provide the open data available for all, free of charge.

Principle 7: Open Data License in KSA

Open data is subject to the Kingdom’s open data license that specifies the legal basis for using open data and the conditions, obligations and restrictions imposed on the user. The use of open data indicates acceptance of the license terms.

Principle 8: For Improved Governance and Citizen Engagement

Open data enables access and engagement of everyone, enhances transparency and accountability of entities and supports decision-making and enhance the provision of public services.

Principle 9: For Inclusive Development and Innovation

Entities should play an active role in promoting the reuse of Open data and providing the necessary supporting resources and expertise. Entities should actively work on empowering a future generation of Open data innovators and engaging individuals, organizations, and the general public in unlocking the value of Open data.

Article 4: Open Data Users

SIDF allows website users to view open data. They also have the right to use such data at their own risk. This right is guaranteed for all beneficiaries and provided for free.

Article 5: Data Users’ Responsibility

The user of open data is responsible for reusing the data on SIDF website which should not result in any errors related to the content, source and history of the data.

Article 6: SIDF’s Responsibility

SIDF is not responsible for any data misuse or damage to authorities as a result of using the data published on SIDF website. Furthermore, SIDF does not guarantee the continued availability of this data or part of it. SIDF also does not bear any responsibility towards the users of this data nor is it responsible for any damage or loss due to the reuse of data.

Article 7: Reuse Conditions

  • The user must not misrepresent this data or its source.
  • This data should not be used for political purposes or to support illegal or criminal activity, racist or discriminatory comments, incitement or negative influence on culture or equality or any illegal activity or against the traditions of the Kingdom.
  • When using this data, the source must be mentioned (SIDF website).
  • The source of the reused information must be indicated by adding a link for SIDF website or other data sources to preserve the intellectual property of the data, its credibility and the validity of its source.

Article 8: Publishing the Policy

This policy will be published to SIDF website.

Article 9: Reference​

The open data policy is derived from the National Data Management Office issued by the Saudi Data and AI Authority (SDAIA). For more details about the key principles, general rules for open data and freedom of information, click here