Singapore unveils data-as-a-service initiative

Staff writer
05 Nov 2014

Singapore is building what it claims will be the world's first “Smart Nation” where data and analytics will play a critical role.

One of the initiatives is the government’s data-as-a-service (DaaS) pilot that seeks to address the challenge of discovering datasets in the private sector through a federated approach.

Data providers from all industries can participate in the DaaS pilot to increase the visibility of their datasets and reach out to new customers.

Data providers will also be given an opportunity to understand and check the relative quality of their datasets through a set of data quality metrics.

To help kick-start the pilot, Singapore’s IDA has signed a memorandum of intent with Amazon Web Services to provide cloud computing services to the first 25 data providers when they sign on to the pilot via AWS. AWS will offer usage credits worth $3000 to each of the 25 participating data providers in hosting their dataset registries and/or their datasets.

Singapore meanwhile reaffirmed its commitment to the cloud and takes a further step on its Smart Nation journey by announcing that it is enhancing its Cloud Service Provider Registry (CSP Registry) with near-real-time analytics.

The addition will give potential cloud consumers more information on performance and availability of a CSP on top of current existing static listings via the Registry. This will help enterprises when making a choice on which CSP they would wish to utilize.

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