Govt’s open data bank will boost innovation, says Zahid

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Open Data is an initiative by the government to share its data for more accurate analysis.

Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi expressed his hope that the open data portal “data.gov.my” established by the government will encourage greater innovation in data analysis.

The data sets which are contributed by the public sector and industries can be accessed for free in the portal.

“Currently there are 1,973 data sets in the portal for use by anyone,” he said at the launching of Big Splash Open Data Day 2017 at Universiti Malaya, here today.

According to Zahid, Putrajaya has set a target of making 7,000 data sets open to the public by 2020.

He said data nowadays is not static anymore as it can revolutionise the way society thinks.

zaiddata“This data revolution is a new power and an open knowledge that can influence the way society thinks, transforming our lives and the way we work,” Zahid said.

He added, however, that the use and validation of data itself is critical in decision making, observation and outcome evaluation of a programme.

“With this government open data initiative, we aim to create more transparency between the government and the public,” he said.

Big Splash Open Data Day 2017 also sees an open application programme developed by WRZiT Company for the purposes of sharing public transportation information.

It aims to use the ready made data in the free portal published by Prasarana Malaysia Berhad to assist the public in getting real-time RapidKL bus schedules, location of bus stops and bus traffic information, among other things.