Open Data Labs Jakarta and NGO activists celebrate Open Data Day at Goethehaus in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (07/03). (JG Photo/Diella Yasmine).

Jakarta Research Lab Launches Software to Boost Open Data


MARCH 09, 2017

Jakarta. Open Data Labs Jakarta introduced a new open data software at the Goethe Institut in Central Jakarta on Tuesday (07/03).

The software was launched at the "Open is the New Smart, Making Cities Work for Citizens," an event to celebrate Open Data Day on March 4.

Open data is a movement to make data accessible for everyone to use without the restriction of copyrights. It has already established an online database which can be accessed from a local network or from an internet browser. The data may include codes to build applications and operating systems, and the end result may be used widely and for free.

Over the past few years, a growing number of cities across Indonesia have launched initiatives to use open data to improve public service. However, the manager of Open Data Labs Jakarta, Antya Widita, said open data has not quite caught the public's attention in Indonesia.

"Open data software is still new and not many people have heard about it here. That's why we've organized this event, to get open data on everyone's lips," she said.

Antya said open data provides accessible digital tools that can be used for many different purposes. Individuals, companies and organizations can use open data to do research on new ventures, analyze patterns and trends or solve complex problems that need a lot of data and research.

"Open data allows citizens to get involved in how they are governed," she said.

Antya said their biggest targets are people who work in the internet and technology sectors, and also non-profit organizations, journalists, researchers and activists who rely on data to do their job.

Elisa Sutanudjaja from Rujak Center for Urban Studies (RCUS) said open data has helped the organization to obtain important, hard-to-get information on urban landscaping.

"Data on urban landscaping, on constructions, disasters, spatial planning and conservation projects, are very important to our work. Open data gives us access to a lot of information that supports our research," she said.

OpenData Labs Jakarta is a research lab established and run by World Wide Web Foundation, a Washington-based organization.

The WWW Foundation itself was established in 2009 by English scientist Tim Berners-Lee.