Singapore is building to be world's first Smart Nation, with fuller use of technology to live, work and play, resulting in improved quality of life for individuals; business opportunities for enterprises and an anticipatory government that uses tech to better serve and anticipate citizens' needs. Data as-a-Service will play a key role and form basic building block for Singapore's Smart Nation vision that will be underpinned by Data and Analytics.
Corporations now rely on the use of high quality data for analytics to reveal opportunities for cost reduction, optimise investments, and to increase revenue. At the same time, data owners across sectors are beginning to view their datasets as not only fundamentally valuable, but also economically viable to distribute, resulting in a growing marketplace for data.
Despite the relative ease of amassing, sorting, tagging data, there are some challenges such as the difficulty in discovering datasets.
About the Data as-a-Service (DaaS) Pilot
The DaaS pilot was launched in October 2014 and will last till 31 March 2016. It seeks to study the feasibility of addressing the issue of dataset discovery in the private sector through a federated approach. Currently, there is no coherent mechanism for users to easily discover private sector datasets made available from data providers across various industry sectors.
A key feature of DaaS is the Federated Dataset Registry (FDSR), intended to enable a mechanism to ease dataset discovery. As a federated platform, it is collectively made up of individual Dataset Registries (DSRs) based on the open-source data portal platform CKAN (Comprehensive Knowledge Archive Network).
More details about the DaaS pilot and its features can be found in the factsheet
Call for Participation by Data Providers
IMDA encourages data providers from all industries to participate in the DaaS pilot to increase visibility of their datasets and contribute feedback on how the platform can be improved. The DaaS pilot is free to participate for data providers. For data providers who are already monetising their datasets, it would further assist them to reach out to new customers.
The current list (as of 3 November 2015) of participating data providers and the nature of the datasets are shown in the following table. With dataset discovery, users can access any of the data providers' DSRs (through the hyperlinks provided) and begin discovering datasets across all participating data providers.
Under a Memorandum of Intent signed with Amazon Web Services (AWS), AWS provides up to USD$3,000 worth of usage credits to the first 25 data providers who wish to host their DSR instance on the AWS cloud during the pilot. The credits are available for redemption over a period of 12 months.
Data providers who are interested to participate in the DaaS pilot can email to IMDA_cloud@imda.gov.sg
All queries can also be directed to IMDA_cloud@imda.gov.sg