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S. Korea Ranked Top in OECD for Open Government Data
Source: korea.net
Source Date: Friday, July 17, 2015
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management, Internet Governance
Country: Korea (Republic of)
Created: Jul 21, 2015

Korea was ranked first in terms of open government data in the “Government at a Glance 2015” survey, recently published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 

The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA) announced on July 6 that Korea topped the open government data table, among 29 other countries, with a score of 0.98 in the recent OECD survey. The average rate of openness concerning government data was 0.58. France took second place, followed by the U.K., Australia and Canada. Japan, the only other Asian country, was ranked 14th. 

The opening of public data means the government makes public data that the government or a public organization used to own, allowing the private sector to make commercial use of them. Thanks to such opening, people can use convenient services such as bus location information systems which informs people about when their bus is about to arrive, and parcel location and delivery systems where users can check the expected arrival time and location of their package. 


The OECD released its open government data index for the first time this year in order to help countries set up strategies concerning the release of public data and how to implement it. The table is composed of 19 variables that cover three factors of information: its availability, accessibility and government support. 

In terms of availability, the OECD reported that Korea releases data in four sectors that the OECD emphasizes, such as election data, expenses of both central and local governments and population data. It also said that Korea reports the highest number of services that use public data, at 407 initiatives. In terms of accessibly, the OECD noted that Korea opens its public data by focusing on a national open data portal so that the private sector can use the statistics easily. Finally, in terms of government support, the OECD said that Korea’s efforts to reflect the importance of open public data when assessing government or public organizations, and that it actively supports the creation of new business opportunities based on the data. 

Korea will speed up the opening of its public data to the private sector in the future. 

In the first half of this year, the MOGAHA released data about government buildings and national financial institutions. In the near future, it will open public data in eight other sectors, including statistics about real estate and commercial districts. The ministry will further release public data in 36 areas, such as education and health, as these are the areas that are in high demand by the private sector and that could have a strong impact on future business opportunities. 

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