Open data facilitates industrial development, administrative efficiency

  • Date: 2016-08-18
  • Source: Office of Information Services, Executive Yuan

A  transparent  administration  is  the  hallmark  of  a  modern  nation,  and  a  democratic  country  must  be  transparent,  accountable  and  open  to  its  citizenry,  Premier  Lin  said  at  a  Cabinet  meeting  today.  

After  a  briefing  by  the  Ministry  of  Economic  Affairs  (MOEA)  on  its  uses  of  open  data,  Lin  said  that  open  government  is  a  modern  trend  Taiwan  must  stay  ahead  of,  and  that  such  a  government  will  improve  administrative  efficiency.

Open  government  will  also  facilitate  industrial  innovation  and  creativity,  Lin  said.  Releasing  government  data  for  public  use  not  only  allows  the  government  to  better  manage  public  affairs,  but  also  encourages  the  private  sector  to  innovate  and  create  a  wide  range  of  business  opportunities.  All  of  these  new  fields  have  been  made  possible  by  modern  technology,  the  Internet  and  the  digital  industry.

The  MOEA  said  administrative  uses  of  open  data  include  advanced  metering  infrastructure  (including  big  data  analysis  of  high-voltage  and  low-voltage  users)  and  smart  water  meters,  both  of  which  are  being  promoted  by  state-owned  enterprises.  The  ministry  is  also  employing  big  data  to  assist  businesses  in  expanding  overseas  markets,  selecting  key  export  markets,  formulating  strategies  for  overseas  exhibitions,  and  marketing  products  internationally.

To  ensure  the  data  released  by  state-owned  enterprises  meet  public  needs,  the  economics  ministry  has  regularly  convened  open  data  work  meetings  since  July  15,  inviting  environmental  and  social  groups  and  learning  about  their  data  needs.  Of  the  15  data  sets  requested  by  these  groups,  seven  have  been  compiled  and  released  so  far.