NDC leads gov’t, private open data collaboration
The National Development Council ( NDC) yesterday announced its newest foray into the open data sector with the announcement of the Taiwan Open Data Center (TODC) and Sheethub. com, platforms supported by the government and cooperation from private enterprise.
NDC Deputy Minister Kao Shien- quey ( ) stated her beliefs that with the implementation of collaboration between the government and private sectors, open data on the platform will be optimized to bank on creative applications from the public, increase the quality of the government’s data and become an invaluable asset for the international open data community.
Kao, Vice Premier Chang Shan-cheng ( ), TODC administrator Ben Jai ( ), Freeway Bureau Director General Chen Yen-po ( ), Transportation and Communications Ministry Chief Secretary Lin Kuohsien ( ) and SheetHub.com co-founder Ronny Wang ( ) attended the press conference to launch the platforms.
Vice Premier Chang Shancheng ( ) , who led the government’s efforts in pushing open data services, stated that the Cabinet had been actively advocating for open government. As of late September, the government has released over 10,000 data bundles; 2.5 growth compared with 2013.
Chang invited government sectors to increase cooperation with private enterprises to optimize the value of the data to create programs or applications with the filtered government information.
TODC administrator Jai pointed out that with the creative help from the public, the government’s data will likely see a polishing- up that will lead to an editing- contribution system where private enterprises would be able to inject value and creativity while utilizing the open data.
Examples Jai suggested included a platform for the academic sector, where domestic researchers and communities are likely to access the open data. He also expressed his hope that the TODC would become an open data model for other countries to follow in the government sector.
“We also hope that we would be able to provide travel time information through open data application in the future,” Chen stated, underlining how open data could be used in the transportation sector.
Wang stated that SheetHub. com is an example of a tag-team effort by the government and private sector on open data, allowing users to upload and download filtered data provided by the government into their websites. Services such as automatic detection of data format and encoding, direct viewing of the data on the website, and file converting functions are available for users to utilize.
Security Concerns Debunked
Data regarding Taiwan’s electronic toll collection ( ETC) statis- tics, which were released at the end of September, were scrubbed free of personal information, Chen claimed, attempting to lay to rest security concerns on possible personal data leaks via open data services. The claim was backed up by both Chang and Lai as well.
“Over 890,000 items of ETC data have been released since 2014,” Chen said. Apart from the annual examination conducted by the Cabinet, related government sectors have set up a thirdparty Security Safety Committee and reviewing system to oversee data check-ups before releasing the sensitive information.