Open Data Brings Change to Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia, 31 January 2017 - Setiaji, Head of the Jakarta Smart City Management Unit, recalls how difficult it was to obtain government data when he was a college student.

“I literally had to go to several different offices. Data is everywhere, but when we need them, we have to go everywhere.”

Now, as part of the Jakarta Government, he regards making better use of data as his personal mission.

“Pass on the Quran, even if only one verse,” said Setiaji, citing the holy book when offering an example of knowledge transfer. “So, on data, also pass it on, even if only one piece of data.”

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