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Promotion of Open Data Strategies

   In these days, promoting facilitation of public data utilization, or "open data", is expected to bring three effects at the same time; improve transparency and reliability of the government, facilitate public participation as well as cooperation between public and private sectors, and stimulate overall economy as well as efficiency of the government.
   Here, we would like to introduce significance and details of open data, as well as efforts of the Japanese government, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), and local governments.

What is Open Data?

   The term "open data" refers to "data formats that are suitable for machine reading and data that have been released on the use of rules that allows secondary use", which "allows secondary use without requiring a lot of manpower".
   Here, we would like to explain the significance, purposes, and other important aspects of open data.

Efforts of the Government-wide Initiatives

   Since open data involves the national government and local governments as a whole, the efforts should be government-wide.
   Here, we would like to explain efforts of the government, in particular Strategic Headquarters for the Promotion of an Advanced Information and Telecommunications Network Society (IT Strategic Headquarters).

Measures taken by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC)

   As a ministry responsible for information and communication, the MIC is promoting development of open data circulation environment.
   In particular, the efforts consist of three pillars, (1)open data demonstration experiments, (2)Open Data Promotion Consortium, and (3)conversion of MIC-owned data to open data. Here, we would like to explain the contents of each pillar.

Efforts of Local Public Entities and Other Countries

   Efforts of local public entities and other countries are described in the FY 2013 version of White Paper on Information and Communications in Japan.

  1. Pilot Efforts of Local Governments
    This chapter describes efforts of Sabae City and Yokohama City.
  2. Strategic Efforts on Open Data in Other Countries
    This chapter describes efforts of the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Contact Point

Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Information and Communications Bureau, Advanced Information Systems and Software Division
Phone: +81(0)3-5253-5111 (Main Number)
Fax: +81(0)3-5253-5752

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