Title: Newton Ungku Omar (NUO) Fund

Client: Future City Catapult (FCC), UK

Project Cost: GBP180,000.00

Duration: 1 year 

Headed by: Prof. Dr Mohd Hamdan Ahmad and Dr Irina Safitri Zen



The objective of this research is to organize capacity building programme in Malaysia to help cities identify their innovation needs and creating data-enabled urban innovation with the goal of supporting green urban planning strategies. This specific project develops a capacity building programme in the form of a series of workshops for city managers in Malaysia – helping cities in Melaka to identify their innovation needs and building capacity in data-driven decision making. The first policy paper called Open Data Policy for Melaka State Government is an outcome of the Newton-Ungku Omar fund Grant was successfully handed over on 2nd May 2017 at the launching of City Development in Malaysia Project in conjunction with Melaka Sustainable Cities Conference and Green Exhibition 2017. 

The objective of this policy is to provide guidelines for conducting the open data policy so as to encourage the sharing of data and collaboration among government agencies in Melaka. The policy supports the Malaysia Act 2015 – Pelaksanaan Data Terbuka Sektor Awam, defining the big data and open data in the context of Melaka, in addition to principles and advantage in open data as well as the strategy for open data at the state level.

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