Taiwan Ranks First in 2015’s Global Evaluation on Open Data Index

Taiwan Ranks First in 2015’s Global Evaluation on Open Data Index
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UK's Open Knowledge Foundation surveyed 122 regions worldwide and made evaluations according to 13 criteria. Taiwan's rankings in governmental budget, national statistics, legal regulations, election results, geographic map data, pollution and emission, company registration and governmental spending have made great progress.

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On December 9, UK’s Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN) announced the result of 2015’s Open Data Index evaluation, and Taiwan ranked first among the 122 countries and areas worldwide.

China Times reports, on December 9, Chang San-cheng, vice premiere of the Executive Yuan, said that OKFN has started to promote the government’s open data ranking since November 2012. In 2013, our government ranked 36th, and 11th in 2014, but was already first in the Asia-Pacific.

Countries that rank second in the Asia-Pacific are South Korea and Singapore, tying at 23rd in the global ranking. Chang believes that this ranking is beneficial in raising Taiwan’s voice in the initiative of the Asia Open Data Partnership.

UDN reports, OKFN surveyed 122 regions worldwide and made evaluations according to 13 criteria. Taiwan’s rankings in governmental budget, national statistics, legal regulations, election results, geographic map data, pollution and emission, company registration and governmental spending have made great progress.

Awakening News reports, Chang says that they will continue to coordinate with the National Police Agency and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications to synchronize open data in regard of protecting personal data.

Apple Daily reports that Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said on his Facebook page on December 10 that the government has opened a number of data related to the people’s daily lives, including visualizing budgets, real-time disaster information, city crime maps and registering food ingredients online since he took office.

Through opening the data, the government’s transparency is enhanced and helps the government in transition. It stimulates the society to devote to further developments, and urges private and public sectors to work together in providing better services for the citizens. Ko also says that Taiwan has a great chance in becoming Asia’s best location for data application.

Translated by Vic Chiang
Edited by Olivia Yang

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