data.gov.sg is one of the showcase projects of the new Singapore Government eGov 2015 Masterplan. The Masterplan envisions a future where the government, the private sector, and the people work together seamlessly through the enabling power of infocomm technologies. This vision is to be achieved through 3 strategic thrusts:
•Co-creating for higher value
•Connecting for active participation
•Catalysing Whole-of-Government Transformation
As part of the strategic thrust on Co-creating for Higher Value, it seeks engage the people and private sectors in co-creation initiatives in the development of innovative applications as well as the use of government data for research and analysis. For example, currently, there are 46 mobile and web based applications that make use of government data to deliver useful and timely information to the general public. This is an increase from the initial list of 20 applications when the data.gov.sg portal was launched on 20 Jun 2011. Some examples of applications developed using government data are:
•Trafficam SG – an app that provides traffic near real-time camera shots to inform about traffic conditions for selected locations.
•iTraffic@SG – an app that provides traffic camera shots about traffic conditions for selected locations, a map showing location of various LTA traffic cameras, a list of traffic alerts (for road works and traffic accidents), a list of car parks in the Central Business District and their parking lot availability); check on weather conditions in Singapore.
•Gothere.sg – an app that provides users directions and public transport options on how to get from one place to another in Singapore
•Parks Live – an app that showcases one of the public parks in Singapore – Pasir Ris Park. The app provides information about the amenities, facilities and attractions in the park; it has a map to show you the location of the place of interest; it has a augmented reality feature that allows you to point your phone in a particular direction and see what are the facilities in the direction you are pointing to.
Through the Co-Creation Framework initiatives, the data.gov.sg programme aims to further increase the number of innovative applications developed using government data.
One of the key lessons learned is that there is a need to work with the people and private sectors as well as government agencies to make available useful and high value datasets and at the same time, to provide the necessary platforms or initiatives to catalyse the use of the data. Through the 2-prong demand-supply approach, the data.gov.sg programme was able to breach the gap between availability and usage of data.