We refer to Professor Asit K. Biswas and Mr Kris Hartley's reply to our letter published yesterday ("Govt more open in sharing data"), in response to their commentary last Friday ("S'pore can afford to be more open in sharing data").
The writers indicated that the 2015 Global Open Data Index came out well after they did their analysis and submitted their commentary to The Straits Times for publication.
The Open Knowledge Foundation (OKF) posted the 2015 Global Open Data Index draft rankings and methodology on its website as early as Oct 28, and invited the public to verify the accuracy of the 2015 index.
These remained accessible to the public until the OKF published the finalised rankings for 2015 last Wednesday.
The Government welcomes objective conversations on data sharing, but such conversations should be anchored on serious research.
Lim Yuin Chien
Ministry of Finance