This blog is part of a short series by The Center for Open Data Enterprise. The purpose of the series is to highlight use cases from the Open Data Impact Map, which will be launched October 3, 2016 in preparation for the 4th International Open Data Conference.
Open data is being widely used in the energy sector. It has been a resource for environmental and energy use monitoring, to guide decisions on where and how to invest in energy infrastructure, to assess the impact of climate change, and to guide consumers. From international climate initiatives to renewable energy providers, organizations are turning to open data as part of solutions and approaches to mitigate climate change and provide energy solutions.
One such organization is Haezoom, a company that provides consumers in South Korea with accurate estimates of savings from installing solar panels in their homes. Solar is a burgeoning industry in South Korea. Yet, as solar panel sales continue to rise yearly, they continue to be driven by small brokers, the majority of whom claim their product is the best on the market. It is one of many companies that have sprung up from the South Korean government’s 2013 public data act, and Haezoom itself relies on building, geographical, solar radiation, air temperature, as well as a number of other datasets provided by several Ministries in the government, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Korea Meteorological Administration.
Haezoom fills two essential, yet previously vacant, roles within the South Korean solar industry. First, it provides an impartial cost-benefit analysis of solar panel installation to clients. Second, it suggests credible manufacturers to purchase solar panels from based on its user’s needs. It analyzes these datasets alongside users’ monthly electrical bill to predict expected energy savings, installation costs, and CO2 emission reductions. The service then suggests which solar energy installation best suits the user’s needs. In doing so, the organization promotes the adoption of solar energy by increasing the amount of information available to customers.
This example, and many others, will be featured on the Open Data Impact Map (www.OpenDataImpactMap.org), officially launching October 3rd for the 4th International Open Data Conference. The Open Data Impact Map is a public database of organizations using open data from around the world. It allows users to explore a database of 1700+ organizations in from 80+ countries, and learn more about the types of data they are using, how they are using it, and the impact it has on their work.
The Open Data for Development (OD4D) network in partnership with the Center for Open Data Enterprise will be launching the Open Data Impact Map at IODC. For more information, visit the OD4D booth during the conference.
Cover photo by Jez Timms.