Cabinet approves Statistics Dept’s proposal to obtain data from government agencies

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BANGI, Oct 20 — The Cabinet has approved a proposal paper that government departments and agencies share data with the Malaysian Statistics Department for the preparation of statistics and compilation of socio-economic indicators.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said only data relating to national security and information under the Personal Data and Protection Act could not be shared.

“Through the Cabinet’s decision, the Statistics Department can collect data from other government departments and agencies to ensure Malaysia is not left behind in the Big Data Open Data revolution,” he told reporters after attending the first National Statistics Day (MyStats Day) celebration at the National PERMATApintar Centre in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) here today.  Read more

Open Data Day 2017: Data Expedition

Open Data Day 2017: Data Expedition by Sinar Project

What is Open Data Day?
Open Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.

Who is this event for?

If you have an idea for using open data, want to find an interesting project to contribute towards, learn about how to visualize or analyze data or simply want to see what’s happening, then definitely come participate! No matter your skillset or interests, we are encouraging organizers to foster opportunities for you to learn and help the global open data community grow.

What to expect?
1. Learn more about open data.
2. Find out how your local and national government could do more to release open data.
3. Engage local non-profits and companies in the uses of open data for the products and missions
4. Meet & network with tons of cool people in your city and around the world.
5. Voice your opinion & share your ideas with the people and media attending.
6. Find out about apps being created, and get to play around with them as well.
7. Help out with parts of the conceptualization, creation, design, advertisement and testing of apps.
8. Conduct an open tutorial sessions around using open data,like learning how to customize google maps to show the data you want to show.
9. IMPORTANT: Have lots and lots of fun.

So what’s the plan? We are going to do Data Expedition! Again!

What is a data expedition? The big idea is we going to search for data, and use the resulting data.

There’s many approach but our approach of the day is to search for data for an issue. The end goal is we will have enough data to use to produce a story on an issue. If you don’t know how to do things it is fine, through out the event we will teach you how to do things related to what we do.

The schedule are as follows

10:00-10:30 : Basic briefing and introduction
:10:30 – 12:00 : Go on expedition
12:00 – 13:00 : Makan
13:00 – until we are tired : Continue expedition

1. You can RSVP your attendance in our Facebook event page here:

2. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you can RSVP your attendance in our Peatix event page here:

What you should bring? Laptops because it will be convenient for the expedition.

Note we might not able to find everything we need, but it is fine. We still need to share the reason we did not achieve our. The idea of civic tech is new in Malaysia, everything we do is new here, and is a lesson that can help future initiative.

More information to data expeditions.


Lack of government data hindering Parliamentarians, says Open Data advocate


Source: The Sundaily

GEORGE TOWN: The lack of government data for lawmakers may make it difficult for Parliamentarians to do their work in formulating policies to benefit the people.

Open Data advocate Khairil Yusof, who coordinates the Sinar Project website, said Malaysian MPs have asked for statistics 735 times in their questions to Parliament since 2013.

He said the word “jumlah” (totals) appeared 3,453 times and this showed lawmakers were spending their time asking for information and statistics which should be readily available.

“They are wasting time in asking for information which should have been available to the public in the first place,” he said in a forum on using Open Data to fight corruption and improve transparency and enhance accountability today. Read more