What data is expected?
Aggregate data about the emission of air pollutants especially those potentially harmful to human health (although it is not a requirement to include information on greenhouse gas emissions). Aggregate means national-level or available for at least three major cities. In order to satisfy the minimum requirements for this category, data must be available for the following pollutants and meet the following minimum criteria:
- Particulate matter (PM) Levels
- Sulphur oxides (SOx)
- Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
- Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- Carbon monoxide (CO)
- Updated on at least once a week.
- Measured either at a national level by regions or at leasts in 3 big cities.
What data is available
- Openly licensed? Yes(Here)
- Is the data available for free? Yes
- Is the data machine readable? Yes (Excel)
- Available in bulk? Yes
- Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? No
- Publicly available? Yes published by Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia)
- Is data in digital form? Yes
- Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
- Does the data exist? Yes
The National Environmental Agency is charged with monitoring air and water pollutants, among other things. The only data it currently releases online are measurements on radioactivity in the air, measured by 15 stations across the country. It remains unclear how accurate and timely this data is, it appears to be updated several times a year. The data is released as HTML and in PDF files on the agency's website http://nea.gov.ge/en/service/environmental-pollution/7/bulletin, and on http://meteo.gov.ge/radiation.
The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia has released aggregate annual data on various pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions on its website (in a section called economic indicators, http://moe.gov.ge/index.php?lang_id=ENG&sec_id=242&info_id=2864 ). However, the data is only collected in three cities in Georgia and the most current dataset available in late 2014 is for the year 2012, the data is thus not released in a timely manner. The data is published in one single Excel file containing aggregate annual, which in this case is sufficient to meet the bulk download criteria. Curiously, the data is only available on the English language version of the website, not in local Georgian language.
All government-generated data in Georgia is legally in the public domain, although no particular license is provided with the online data.
I reviewed the submission and found datasets on the English version of the Ministry's website that meet the criteria of this survey and revised this section accordingly.
- Mathias Huter
- Derek Dohler