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Asia launches first official open data portal

The Asian Open Data Portal offers a single point of access to open data published by institutions, agencies and organisations in a growing number of Asian member states.

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It is hoped the portal will signal a new era of data democratisation across Asia
It is hoped the portal will signal a new era of data democratisation across Asia

In conjunction with a data application workshop organised by Asia Open Data Partnership (AODP), the current AODP secretariat, Taipei Computer Association has launched Asia’s first, official open data portal.

 

The intention for Asia Open Data Portal is to offer a single point of access to open data published by institutions, agencies and organisations in a growing number of Asian member states.

 

Pollution in cities

 

According to AODP, the portal currently features more than 73,000 datasets, organised into 20 catalogues and 12 categories, which can help to solve problems such as pollution in cities and the sourcing of PPE.

 

Data is collected from a growing number of AODP member states, including South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and India, signalling a new era of data democratisation across Asia.

 

Challenges facing the project include the diversity of Asian languages and data formats used by the different states’ public and private sectors, which AODP is seeking to overcome with the use of machine translation and diplomatic efforts toward data standardisation.

 

The Asia Open Data Portal launch and data application workshop was live streamed on the DataEconomy YouTube channel, featuring talks from AODP representatives in Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, India, Thailand and Cambodia.

AODP was established in 2015 with the primary aim of facilitating communication and cooperation on open data and data application between Asian countries

Special presentations were given by the three Invincible Award winners from last year’s Asia Open Data Challenge.

 

Firstly, a team member from GliaCloud (Taiwan) introduced her team’s AI video creation platform, GliaStar, which animates open data presentations with cartoon characters. Next, a team member from Smart Delivery (Japan) presented his team’s innovation in logistics, utilising open data to incentivise and assist couriers in delivering food and medicine to elderly people in rural Japan.

 

Lastly, a team member from Dbdbdeep (South Korea) explained how his team’s “Regional Social Turmoil Prediction” model harnesses open data to identify the impacts of infectious diseases on society.

 

AODP was established in 2015 with the primary aim of facilitating communication and cooperation on open data and data application between Asian countries.

 

Asia Open Data Portal was initiated by Organisation for Data-driven Application (Taiwan) in 2017, modelled on the EU Open Data Portal, and officially approved by the AODP member states in 2019. Its goal is to bolster Asia’s industrial development across all sectors and emerging technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT.

 

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