It wasn’t quite so long ago at GovCamp Singapore that citizens were arguing for more openness of public data. Today, at least one public sector organization has taken heed – the Singapore Land Authority (SLA) is introducing the OneMap Challenge, a competition to leverage on over 45 layers of theme data contributed by various public agencies on OneMap as well as the datasets on www.data.gov.sg to develop location-based desktop and mobile applications useful to businesses and the public.
“Geospatial information is fast becoming indispensable in our daily life, at work or at play,” says Ng Siau Yong, Director of GeoSpatial Division, Singapore Land Authority. “We need to evolve a vibrant geospatial ecosystem of content and solution providers to cater to the growth of its use as well as the development of innovative location-based apps. OneMap Challenge is part of our effort to this end.”
The OneMap Challenge is divided into two categories – Web Applications for applications that run on web browsers and Mobile Applications for those that run on smart phones, tablets and other portable devices. Participants can – and are even encouraged to – mash up public data with commercial and community data for creation of the applications. Evaluation criteria include originality of concept, social or commercial value and its user friendliness.
The two top prizes stand at S$20,000 cash each (one each category).