Smart Dubai and KPMG study shows geospatial data is most valuable followed by traffic and transport


DUBAI – Open data can contribute as much as Dh10.4 billion to the emirate’s economy yearly, according to the Dubai Data Report released yesterday.

And Smart Dubai said such gains can be achieved by the year 2021. Smart Dubai came out with the data report along with KPMG.

Open data is data that can be freely used, shared and built-on by anyone, anywhere, for any purpose – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.

Speaking at Arabnet yesterday for the launch of the Dubai Daa Report, Smart Dubai assistant director general Younus Al Nassar said they found out that “geospatial data is the most valuable followed by traffic and transport”.

He also pointed out that the “public sector alone can add a value of Dh6.6 billion to Dubai’s economy year-on-year.

Heather Sharp, director of economic of KPMG, said open data has tangible benefits that can have an impact on the economy as she recalled that when Transport for London (TfL) opened up its data to the public, “information like passenger numbers, route usage levels, traffic disruptions, and peak hours spurred significant investment from the private sector.” The TfL oversees London’s transport system.

She also said that over 5,000 developers used the data in a year, resulting in the creation of hundreds of apps.

Heard pointed out that the government has “a very crucial role in opening up the data”. Smart Dubai foresees Dubai becoming completely open in its sharing of data in the year 2021. GAC/Expat Media


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