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Perspectives on Malaysia's Open Data journey: MDeC interview

AvantiKumar | May 12, 2015
In the second part of an interview with Computerworld, Malaysia's national ICT agency MDeC's Dr Karl Ng discusses the challenges and opportunities of adopting Open Data initiatives.

Some of the public areas involve the use of open data, and the winning team, Teradata-MMU showed an excellent example of how such data could be used to combat health hazards such as dengue.

This Malaysian-made innovation was timely as Malaysia was facing one of its worst dengue epidemics in history with more than 108,000 cases reported, resulting in 215 deaths. To help in combatting dengue, the team's prototype application used a small data sample on historical dengue cases and weather data from the Ministry Of Health and Meteorological Department (MET).

From this data, the app generated a dengue index, which predicts areas with higher possibilities of dengue outbreak, with up to 96 percent accuracy. This sort of practical applications that make use of Open Data can help government agencies provide early warning to the community and deploy medical resources more effectively. Naturally, there are many more possibilities aside from the field of healthcare and this is one example.

Indeed there have been success stories - but we need to do a lot more. We need to ensure that BDA adoption goes beyond the rhetoric, goes beyond the "wait and see" attitude, and make sure that it lands and becomes real for Malaysia, so that we can fully leverage on what this technology or this plan can bring for all of us.


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