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SG Data to be released by govt for business, personal use

Property Here - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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In a bid to broaden public awareness, the government will disclose more data to the public for business and personal use.

For instance, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will unveil a new portal that enables employers compare the performance of their company against industry norms, in terms of wages, staff turnover and employment conditions.

Another service called PopulationQuery will provide free access to demographic data. Built on the existing OneMap platform, this service can help house-hunters decide on buying a property based on an area’s attributes.

Available data currently only covers the years 2000 and 2010 to 2012. However, PopulationQuery will be progressively updated to show demographic figures by commercial or residential areas.

“Our agencies are also actively venturing into serving customers through the mobile and social media spaces. There are currently more than 100 mobile government services available, compared to just about 40 two years ago. In addition, many agencies are now using Facebook and Twitter to seek feedback and obtain ideas from the public,” noted Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam.

Responding, Head of Civil Service Peter Ong added: “We need to recognise that the government does not hold all the answers, whether it is in service delivery or in policy-design. Sometimes the most effective and expedient way to solve a problem is to consult and crowd-source for ideas and solutions.”

Shabnam Muzammil, Senior Journalist at PropertyGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories email