During this year`s CeDEM Asia 2016 International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, a meeting between the Daegu Metropolitan City (Information Management Division), National Information Society Agency (Department of Government 3.0) and the Danube University Krems (Department for E-Governance) has taken place to exchange the knowledge and strategies in the field of E-Government and Open Government Data.
Participants of the workshop: Daegu Metropolitan City: Mi Young Park, Yong Won Kim, Jae Yeoul Jeong; National Information Society Agency: Shin-Ae Shin; Danube University Krems: Peter Parycek, Michael Sachs, Malgorzata Goraczek.
The goal of the meeting was to get a better understanding about the objectives and current status of Daegu Metropolitan City, which can be summarized as following:
- What are the main objectives of the e-government strategy of Korea?
The national Department for Government 3.0 wants to improve the services for citizens and reduce the costs for businesses through open data. New business opportunities shall be established through the use of open data by private companies. The core of the project is a further transition from information to data in a cloud solution. There shall be a transition from digital government to data driven government. Korea has its own data centres and a government owned cloud system for security reasons. The city of Daegu is the first local government that has the cloud based information system. Cloud solutions for government are all domestic. Now, private companies shall be certified by the government to be able to host such clouds. The information that is handled on national level are in national data centers, and data exchange between the levels of government is possible.
- How Daegu deals with electronic identification of citizens and businesses?
The government has its own verification system. National government agencies have their own certification. Having an integrated system is a target.
- What is the most popular or most favourite e-government service?
Most important service for citizens is the public government website that contains all information. Each local government has its own government services.
- What is the current status of open government data in Korea?
Since the enactment in 2013 all government agencies have to open their data. Personal information and information related to national safety issues are protected, but all other data is made publicly available. There have been developed popular open data applications:
- Application for locations of nearby hospitals and medical services
- Parents can talk about schools all over the country in an application
- Applications with mobility data und location based information about Daegu
- Preparation for an open data market
- Data based solutions for health care, e.g. devices for cardiac issues
The meeting allowed a bright inside into the work of Daegu, national strategies and plans according to E-Governance and Open Governement Data.