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Singapore Government to release more data to the public

Nurdianah Md Nur | June 18, 2013
The move aims to bring about greater convenience and deepen co-creation efforts with the public.

DPM delivering his address
DPM delivering the keynote speech at the launch of the eGov Global Exchange 2013 at Marina Bay Sands yesterday.

The Singapore Government will be releasing more data to the public in its bid to drive social innovation and deepen co-creation efforts with the public.

By doing so, it will "encourage more feedback, as well as research and analysis on issues of public concern" said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, at the launch of the eGov Global Exchange 2013 yesterday.

Supporting this move is the PopulationQuery, the latest addition to Singapore Land Authority's One Map that provides graphic and visual representations of Singapore's demographics. Combining it with other data such as location of schools or property prices, the PopulationQuery provides the public with new insights that can help when making decisions such as whether to purchase a property.  

The Ministry of Manpower will also launch a new website that provides official statistical information on Singapore's labour market later this year. Employees and employers will be able to benchmark their organisations' performance against the national or industry norms on wages, employment conditions and staff turnover using the tools on the website.

The public can now access over 8,600 datasets from 60 public agencies on the Government's one-stop data portal, data.gov.sg. All these datasets will be machine-readable by the end of this year — currently about 50 percent of these datasets are in machine-readable formats (eg. XLS, APIs).

Having machine-readable data will allow the public to use it easily, especially for mobile app developments. "To date, more than 100 apps have been developed using government data. For example, private sector app developers have been using LTA's data on Electronic Road Pricing and carpark availability to create GoThere.sg and Carpark@SG," said Tharman.

eGov 2015 Masterplan review
This move to open up access to government data is part of the five-year eGov2015 Masterplan launched in 2011. Having reached the mid-term mark, Tharman shared other updates on the e-Government progress.

In terms of e-services delivery, 96 percent of the citizens and 93 percent of businesses are satisfied with it, based on the e-Government Customer Perception Survey.

Contributing to this is the revamped eCitizen portal that aggregates the useful information from different government agencies, saving users from the need to trawl through each agency's website. Another factor is the OneInbox pilot launched last year that allows citizens to receive all their Government correspondences in one email service.

In line with enabling users to easily find information and transact with the Government online, CorpPass will be implemented in early 2016 for businesses. With CorpPass, businesses can access multiple corporate e-services through one common authorisation system.

 

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