Today at the 3rd International Open Data Conference in Ottawa, Canada, the GovLab and the National Information Society Agency of Korea (NIA) announced the Open Data 500 Korea. The study is the first of its kind in Korea, mapping the use of open data throughout the country. Korea is now the fourth member of the newly formed Open Data 500 Global Network, an international network of countries — including the United States, Mexico, and Australia — committed to studying the use and impact of open data.
The Open Data 500 Korea initiative will identify companies using open data in Korea, whose efforts can be studied to see which approaches work for which purposes and whose experience can provide useful feedback about open data policies to the government. The project emerges out of the Korean Open Data Law implemented in 2013. It will be overseen by a team of government advisors in the Public Data Policy Division at the Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs (MOGAHA). It will also report to the Open Data Strategy Council of Korea, the decision-making body on open data in Korea, which is co-chaired by the Prime Minister and funded through MOHAGA.
The NIA’s initial goal is to identify 500 companies in Korea using open data and to present a careful summary of their experience, along with lessons learned, at the 2015 Open Data Korea Forum in July. The website for the project, which includes a survey for companies to self-report their use of open data, will be officially launched in mid-June.