UMY Governmental Sciences Discusses the Importance of Information System Optimalization in Rural Areas in the 4.0 Industrial Era

November 21, 2019 by : BHP UMY

In the 4.0 industrial era, digital literacy awareness for rural communities became more important important in order to optimize the Village Information System (SID). This is in accordance with Rural Constitution Article 86 concerning the information system on village development and rural area development, which explains that villages have the right to access information through an information system developed by the Regency / City Government. Thus, students should participate in building digital literacy for rural communities to optimize the Village Information System (SID).

As an educational institution concerned with the issue, the Governmental Sciences Department of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (IP UMY) held a seminar along with Galuh Ciamis University of West Java themed “Optimizing Openness of Public Information Through the Management of Integrated Website Based Village Information Systems in 4. Industrial Era” Wednesday (20 /11) in Amphitheater E6 of the KH Ibrahim UMY Building. The event was a series of visitations by Galuh University students through seminars to add insight into information technology-based governance with the concept of e-government.

Isnaini Maulidin, S.IP., MPA, one of the speakers at the event, explained several concepts and theories related to the Village Information System (SID). “With the SID, the public hopes that there will be transparency and openness to public access, which makes the government open up and no data is confidential anymore. There are still many villagers who consider APBDes, RJPMDes as confidential documents that the public is not allowed to know about, even though they are texts that can be accessed by the public. In addition, the Public Information Openness Act and Article 86 of the Rural Constitution allows the public or community to sue the government if there is no transparency. SID gives new hope in the future through the existence of more effective data-based public services with good planning management,” she explained.

Isnaini also stated that the SID was built for the interest of the community and was carried out in a participatory manner so that the community will be able to manage SID based on the needs of citizens and lead to good quality to encourage better governance. During the seminar, Isnaini mentioned some systemic impacts of SID utilization, including (1) easy and transparent access to documents and information, (2) more effective and more efficient public services, ( 3) the existence of two-way communication improve public participation, and (4) data accuracy at all levels.

Meanwhile, the Head of Administration, Finance, and Assets of the Village District Empowerment Office of Sleman Regency, Alhalik, S. Sos., MT, explained the efforts to develop SID information data management in Sleman Regency, such as coordination with regional and village officials, identifying applications owned and managed by the region and the village, identification of data and information needs, assessment of the use of applications from third parties, and the utilization of coordination of the development of SID and use of applications from third parties.

“In the Sleman Regency, there are two Information Systems managed by the government, namely SIDA SEMBADA for district-level information systems and SIDESI MANIS for village-level information systems. SIDESI MANIS is an Integrated Village Information System aimed to create an independent and special village. It covers management, data content and information content that is integrated by the government to the community, “he explained.

Bahrun Wardoyo, Chief of the Dlingo Village for the 2012-2018 Period, mentioned the situation of the Dlingo area in early 2012 as being destitute and left behind with minimal community services, which encouraged them to initiate management of the Village Information System through the website. “The innovative steps we took to develop Dlingo village at the time include building a service office, adding computers to existing facilities, using IT in services, and optimizing the Village Information System and the village Website for branding. This was done between 2012-2016. I realize that the existence of SID is an effort to develop villages through technology with a database service to get to know the village better and to be closer to the village. Therefore, students are expected to be able to develop villages through social service (KKN) in accordance with the needs of the village, one of which is to help to manage the SID in the local village,” he concluded. (Sofia)