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  • Community-Related Public Information by Autonomous Districts Is Unveiled Entirely to Citizens

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  • A, a housewife in Seoul, often takes in the free performances and movies shown at a community cultural center or a library, on weekends, after scanning the listings via the Seoul cultural event information app. The app, which is frequently used by A, was created by a general citizen who used public information disclosed by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG). Following the disclosure of public information/data by City Hall, business establishments, and funded institutions, the public information unveiled by two autonomous districts (Seodaemun-gu, Guro-gu), initially on a trial basis, will be expanded to all autonomous districts from January 26, enabling all citizens to search for and use public information.

    Anyone can search for and download public information from the Seoul Open Data Plaza (http://data.seoul.go.kr) and the Open Data Plaza in each Gu-office. Since November 2013, and as a pilot program that follows on from City Hall, business establishments (May 2012), and funded institutions (February 2013), Seodaemun-gu and Guro-gu have been disclosing information to the public.

    In addition to offering information on Seoul City as a whole, including the operation of taxis and the number of subway users at each subway station, and the public data compiled by each Gu-office – number of CCTVs installed in each Dong, lectures offered by sports centers in each Gu, status of approval and guidance on pharmacies, postpartum care centers, toy rental centers, etc., status of the facilities in youth training centers, and youth programs, including education and events – which formerly were not disclosed publicly even if they were considered useful community sources, will be made available to all citizens.

    In addition to offering information on Seoul City as a whole, including the operation of taxis and the number of subway users at each subway station, and the public data compiled by each Gu-office – number of CCTVs installed in each Dong, lectures offered by sports centers in each Gu, status of approval and guidance on pharmacies, postpartum care centers, toy rental centers, etc., status of the facilities in youth training centers, and youth programs, including education and events – which formerly were not disclosed publicly even if they were considered useful community sources, will be made available to all citizens.

    In order to ensure citizens use this public data in diverse ways, such information will be offered as raw data, such as an open API, sheet, chart, and map. With the release of public information by autonomous districts, the Seoul Open Data Plaza will be able to offer 7,000 types of services, with 3,600 types of dataset in ten areas. Not only that, the SMG has developed an open platform for the public data the se of which it has offered for free to each autonomous district seeking to establish such a system.

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