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.

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