Brunei Cabinet Database
- Year: 2015 - Present
- Tags: government
- Tools: Airtable, Google Sheets (Docs/Drive)
URL: https://airtable.com/shrLAHMeqyLPFxXPI/ <-- View database here
Also viewable on Airtable Universe as Brunei Ministers and Permanent Secretaries :)
(This link is good for sharing! Please note though, while this a more polished version of the database, it is a copy and may not be up-to-date)
Database of current, as well as previous, Brunei Cabinet members (Ministers, Deputy Ministers, and positions with Ministerial Ranks). Also includes Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries.
Does not currently include Legislative Council members - I am considering this.
What is recorded:
- Appointment details (Date started, date ended, references)
- Person details (Name, age, background, photo) - Publicly available information only
Visit the database here.
(This is the full database, including supporting tables. If this is confusing or uninteresting for you, then have a look at the Database Views instead.)
Not a Feature: Titles & Hierarchies
Apologies that the titles of individuals, and the appropriate hierarchies of Ministries, may not be shown correctly. This is not meant to offend, it's to make the database simpler to manage.
Features: Database Views
The database is meant to be a reference to current and past appointments. Other than that, I also thought it would be useful to have certain kinds of information (i.e. database views/queries) about Brunei senior government appointments, like..
- Gallery of women appointed (Current)
- List of women appointed (All)
- Age at appointment
- Length of current appointments
- History of appointments in a Ministry (e.g. PMO)
- History of appointments for a person
Currently, I've collected appointments during the 2010-2015 and 2015-2010 periods. There are still many gaps that I try to update in my spare time.
If you'd like to help contribute, I'd greatly appreciate it! (Crowdsourcing is A++, guys)
Part 1: Spreadsheet
To keep track of 'who replaced who' in the 2015 Brunei Cabinet reshuffle, I started a spreadsheet on Google Sheets. I ended up also tracking appointments of Permanent Secretaries and their Deputies. The further back I dug, the larger the spreadsheet became.
- Status: Retired. Spreadsheet remains online but will not be updated.
- Visit Spreadsheet: http://goo.gl/upuDCH
Part 2: Database (Current)
The spreadsheet got unwieldy, so when I discovered Airtable, I experimented with the data in a database format. I liked it so much that I ended up transferring it over from the spreadsheet to the database. (Databases are a lot of fun.)
- Status: Current
- Visit Database: https://airtable.com/shrLAHMeqyLPFxXPI/
It's worth mentioning that although SiapaKedia by BAG Networks was not a direct inspiration for this project, I had used it occasionally as a resource for checking appointments and "who's who" of senior government officials. It was pretty thorough! When I created my spreadsheet, SiapaKedia had already started to be inactive.
Updates and posts on my Tumblr: