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OpenDOSM Nextgen: Unlocking the Power of Government Data for a More Transparent and Innovative Malay

The Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) has launched OpenDOSM Nextgen, which is a platform that aims to improve access to official statistics produced by DOSM and other government agencies. The platform, which was officiated by Mohd Rafizi Ramli, the Minister of Economy, offers an upgraded user interface and improved functionality compared to the previous version.


According to the Minister of Economy, the open-data portal available to the public offers a clear understanding of the current developments impacting the nation, which could enhance the general public's knowledge and understanding of social and economic matters.


“By compiling, sorting and presenting data from various agencies into easy-to-read charts and numbers, the portal essentially serves the role of a data analytics team in a big company, where raw data from multiple branches is simplified into single charts for easy consumption by upper management,” he said.


One of the key benefits of the platform is that it encourages transparency and openness by making data sets freely available for download. Users can access raw datasets, tables, and charts and can also scrape data using the Python programming language. The platform currently contains data on a wide range of topics, including unemployment rates, exchange rates, Consumer Price Index, Gross Domestic Product, voting statistics, and information on Covid-19.


The platform covers eight main themes, including labour force, economic indicators, consumer prices, wholesale and retail trade, industrial production, national accounts, producer prices and health (covid-19). The scope of the dataset will continue to be expanded over time, covering more datasets from other agencies and ministries.


According to the Chief Statistician of the Statistics Department Malaysia (DOSM), Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin, the portal has been integrated with DOSM’s KAWASANKU and the Health Ministry’s KKMNOW which further improve the comprehensiveness and effectiveness of the portal’s functions through the addition of vital demographic and medical data, the database now provides information in a machine-readable format.


Ways OpenDOSM Nextgen can be beneficial to you:

There are many ways that the Open Data Portal (OpenDOSM Nextgen Malaysia) could benefit individuals, businesses, and government agencies. Here are a few examples:

  • Businesses can use the data to identify new opportunities for growth.

  • Researchers can use the data to study trends and patterns.

  • Government agencies can use the data to improve the delivery of public services.

  • Non-profit organisations can use data to understand the needs of the community.

  • Citizens can use data to monitor the use of public resources.


How to access OpenDOSM Nextgen Malaysia?

To access OpenDOSM Nextgen Malaysia, you can go to the official website of OpenDOSM Nextgen Malaysia and browse a wealth of open data to get the data you need.


In conclusion, OpenDOSM Nextgen is a significant step forward in providing the public with easy-to-understand insights into current trends affecting the country, potentially improving the public’s overall social and economic awareness. The platform is expected to be extensively used by researchers, policymakers, and the general public in order for them to make informed decisions and contribute to the development of good policies in the country.



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