(By invitation only) [Public Seminar] Public Open Data: Business Opportunities and Risks – Experiences from Europe and Hong Kong

(By invitation only) [Public Seminar] Public Open Data: Business Opportunities and Risks – Experiences from Europe and Hong Kong

Date(s): 25/11/2014
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

35/F, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty

Language: English

Admission: Free, please register below on or before 21 Nov (Fri).

Event Partner(s): This event is jointly organized by EUAP, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and the European Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.

- Tanja Lahti, Helsinki Region Infoshare
- Kimmey Ho, Senior Administrative Officer (Strategy Development Division), Office of the Government Chief Information Officer, HKSAR government
- Mr. Gary Yiu, Associate Director, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Event Description:

Accessing Public Sector Information (PSI) can create value-defining opportunities for private enterprises in terms of understanding their markets, improving productivity, and managing risk.  However, the enormity of the available information can be overwhelming and the utility and applicability of the data can be missed if the correct resources to generate intelligence from information are not in place. Data Analytics concerns the means by which companies can consolidate existing internal data, combine it with increasingly available public data, structure it logically, and then interrogate it to dictate strategy and to gain previously unavailable insights into operational improvements.

Government agencies in Hong Kong and Helsinki have both opened their public datasets as open data in recent years.  Through Helsinki Region’s Infoshare and Hong Kong Data.one, thousands of datasets can be freely used by third parties. Both aim to increase innovation through the re-use of data for new services, products and insights.

What are the experiences of this new data-sharing between public agencies and different stakeholders in business, community groups, and universities? What is the value for private enterprises?  Does this greater data availability greater information governance?

Join us for a stimulating discussion on data-driven innovation.
(Light lunch will be served.)

Event Description:

Ms. Ho from the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer introduced the public sector information (PSI) portal (‘Data.One’), which the HKSAR Government launched in 2011. It provides free-of-charge datasets in machine-readable formats for commercial or non-commercial re-use. To engage the community, the government also initiated a ‘Data.One App Competition’ last year and received more than 100 entries. At present, nearly 3,000 datasets in 16 categories are aggregated in the portal and the government is committed to open up more data for the public.


Ms. Tanja Lahti shared the Helsinki and European experience in opening up data by discussing examples such as ‘Purchasing data’, ‘Building data’, ‘Snow Plows data’. She also explained how citizens work with the city to turn the data into efficient tools, like ‘Open Ahjo’ and ‘Blindsquare’. She also analyzed potential opportunities and risks for businesses in using open data.

Mr. Gary Yiu from Deloitte analyzed from a business perspective the implication of the increasing amount of Public Open Data. Illustrating this with examples from healthcare and tourism, he maintained that public open data can unlock significant value by making information transparent from a business strategy view. It allows consideration of current and future markets and therefore much more precisely tailored produces/services.

Event Poster:
25NOV Helsinki Public Seminar

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‘Public Open Data: Business Opportunities and Risks – Experiences from Europe and Hong Kong’ (By Tanja Lahti)

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