GLAM/Newsletter/April 2013/Contents/Taiwan report
Taiwan Government Data Portal Launched
Taiwan Government Data Portal Launched and Cultural Data
On 29 April 2013, the beta version of the Taiwan Government Data Portal has launched. One of the famous museums in the world, the National Palace Museum in Taipei, also submitted data on the portal. The Museum has submitted the meta data of their collection, however the digitization file of the collection is still missing. Although the portal claimed the data is open data, the license is not compatible with commonly recognized open data licenses around the world.
Misuse of Open Data by National Palace Museum
The Palace Museum recently held the competition to encourage people to use their materials to do anything that can be value-added. The digitization files used in the competition was scanned or taken pictures from the Palace Museum. Many people criticize the Palace Museum because they used funds from Taiwan's National Digital Archive Program which is also funded by the government, but they don't release materials under open license. Open Data is now a hot topic in Taiwan, and the Palace Museum used this term to get more funds, but doesn't realize the true meaning of open data.