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Korea Tops the 'Open Government Data' Index
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Korea Tops the 'Open Government Data' Index
  • By Jung Suk-yee
  • July 7, 2015, 10:00
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Korea tops the list in the Open Government Data (OGD) index among the 30 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.

Korea got a score of 0.98 in the index, which was much higher than the OECD average of 0.58 points. The runner-up was France, followed by the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. The United States and Japan took 9th and 14th, respectively.

The OGD index, consisting of 19 sub-indicators in the three segments of usability, accessibility, and government support, was announced first this year to help nations establish strategies for opening public data, according to data from the Ministry of Government Administration and home Affairs.

Korea ranked first in all three segments of Open, Useful, Reusable Government (OUR) data, which would be mainly attributable to Korea opening all four fields of election, central government spending, local government spending, and population census, on which the OECD puts particular importance, and providing public data for its citizens to easily use.

“The government will step up its efforts to share more government data by opening, step by step, the data of 36 fields, including education and health, which have a high demand from the private sector and a high ripple effect,” said an official at the ministry.

The government will also expand support for financing and space for startups as a government-wide project. “By opening more public data, the government hopes to create new services, more jobs, and new business models, which are part of the creative economy driven by the government,” the ministry said.