The pioneer of information disclosure, Information Communication Plaza
The Information Communication Plaza of Seoul is the pioneer of the information disclosure service. As the main website of the Nude Project, the Information Communication Plaza rounds up various administrative information of the City of Seoul and returns it to the citizens.
Thank you very much. I am deeply honored to receive the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development. I am terribly sorry that I could not be in Gothenburg to receive this award in person, and I sincerely apologize to all of the participants.
November 1st marked the 5th year since I was sworn in as Mayor of Seoul. So I feel as if this award is a special present for me as Icelebrate 5 years as mayor. It also was a chance for me to look back on my long journey as a civic activist-turned-mayor and my strong commitment to make Seoul a new and better city.
I was elected with the pledge of providing eco-friendly and free-of-charge lunches in schools. This was the first policy that I signed after being inaugurated. Since then, I have pursued free childcare, free college tuition, youth allowance, and many other initiatives so that Korea can become a country that provides universal healthcare and that respects the rights of laborers.
Of course, not all of the initiatives that I have pursued were successful.
Some were not carried out due to opposition from the central government, and some due to lack of consensus in society. But I believe that direction is more important than speed. I believe that going together is more important than going alone. I believe in the power of collective wisdom. Thus I have opened up the city administration to the citizens, and I am sharing the process of policymaking with the citizens and communicating with them constantly.
The Sharing City Seoul initiative was also pursued with a similar process.
I asked, and the citizens answered. We were in communication with each other, and we were experiencing innovation and change together.
What is sharing city? Why is sharing city necessary?
Through numerous discussions, we were reminded of the fact that cities are originally the platform for sharing and that our culture used to have a tradition of sharing. And we came to the conclusion that sharing could be the key to solving many of the problems in our city.
Nowadays, many citizens are deliberating about what they can share and how they can share it. They are conducting various experiments with sharing.
I believe that Gothenburg has given me this award, not because of the success of Seoul, but because of the challenge of Seoul. Sharing City Seoul is not yet complete. It has only just begun. Even now, Sharing City Seoul continues to evolve.
For example, there were some difficulties regarding Uber. There still is a lack of awareness and understanding about sharing. And sharing economy still is a non-mainstream concept. But what we see now is not everything.
What we cannot see is more important. Our challenges and accumulated experiences will create new opportunities and possibilities that will go beyond our expectations. This year’s Davos Forum predicted that the era of sharing economy would begin in 2025. Indeed, the 4th Industrial Revolution wil laccelerate sharing economy. Sharing economy may have remained in online space before, but it will move towards online and offline converged space soon, and will eventually spread to all aspects of our lives. Sharing economy is providing new economic opportunities to the citizens. Sharing city is about returning the rights to the city back to the citizens.
So it is about the citizens becoming the rightful owners of the city and the economy. Of course, the way to doing that should be sustainable. So in a sustainable way, we are dreaming of a city for all, and an economy for all.
But to make all of this possible, something is required. And that is, Res Publica. The spirit of the republic. A republic is the peak of sharing. The ideal of a republic is to create a nation where all people, not just one person or a few people, can call their own. Sovereignty of a nation lies in the hands of all of the people, not just one person.
Currently, the Republic of Korea is standing in front of a juncture – we will either move forward as a democratic republic, or we will move backward.
The citizens are lighting their candles to represent their commitment to overcome this age of darkness. They are protesting and rallying and marching. We are deep into the night, but this means we are also close to dawn.
We will see dawn soon.
I have a dream, a song to sing. To help me cope, with anything.
If you see the wonder, of a fairy tale. You can take the future, even if you fail. I have a dream, a fantasy. To help me through, reality. And my destination, makes it worth the while. Pushing through the darkness, still another mile.
The lyrics to “I Have A Dream” by ABBA represents my heart.
We have a dream. It is not a pipe dream. The awareness of the citizens and the action of the citizens are what will make the dream come true. The answer lies in the citizens. I may be receiving this award, as Mayor of Seoul. But the win goes to the 10 million citizens of Seoul. I believe in the power of the citizens, and I promise to continue to stand by the citizens.
Sharing City Seoul starts in earnest today. I will continue to communicate and interact with the citizens of Seoul, and furthermore, the citizens of the world. Together with the citizens of the world, I will continue to develop sharing in Seoul. All of the processes and all of the results will be shared with cities around the world.
Last but not least, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the organizers of the Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development for their time and effort and cooperation.
Thank you very much.
Disclosure of various administrative information
It is now possible to access detailed administrative information of the City of Seoul in every aspect. And, in any screen, it is now possible to preview the document and download the originals.
Disclosure of various administrative information diagram
Disclosure of various administrative information
- 31 types
- 76 organizations (Departments)
- 11,187,861 items available for disclosure(As of October 31, 2015)
Internal approval request documents, Meeting information, Residents Participation Projects, Construction Project information, Named Policies, Advance Information Disclosure, Policy Research Data, 120 Key inquiries, Statistics Information, Finance Information, Public Data, Key Project White Books, Expenditure by projects, Budget Explanation, Business Execution Cost
Press Release, Current-affairs Publications, Real-time 120 inquiries, Record management System, Meetings and events Information, Seoul Almanac, Information Disclosure List, Seoul in My Hand, Information Disclosure Regulations, Information Disclosure Request Status, Life statistics, Seoul in Statistics, Seoul at a glance, Make the best Out of it, Frequently Requested Information, Information Disclosure Status
Internal approval request documents service
The Information Communication Plaza provides various internal approval request documents of different fields created by the City of Seoul. Especially, in addition to the main office of the City Hall and Business Entities of the city, the users may access the information from the 25 autonomous districts and other organizations funded by the city, allowing access to detailed information the citizens require. Also, the ‘Council Information’ section provides the information on the meetings organized by the City of Seoul from the schedule of the meetings to the minutes. Also, the ‘Policies of Seoul’ section provides the information on the key projects of the city administration and large projects which involve investments more than 10 billion won. This is very helpful for anyone who wishes to access the status information on the various construction projects executed by the city.
The Information Communication Plaza provides more than the internal approval request documents, including the policy research data, budget explanation, and statistics reports, which are generated by various systems. The advance information disclosure covers the kind of information that could be helpful to the citizens by providing such information before it is requested. There are 353 types of information available from this section. And, the ‘Policy Research Data’ section provides the policy research data and reports, which are scattered across the entire organization, as the one-stop window to access them.
Citizens’ Participation Information
The Citizens’ Participation Information section provides services to promote participation by the citizens, the utilization of such information, and other helpful information for the citizens in their daily life. The 120 Dasan Call Center of Seoul discloses information on the residents’ participation projects, their progress, and answers to frequently asked questions. Also, there are the ‘Issue at a Glance’ section and the ‘Frequently Requested Information’ section, which provides information of interest for the citizens in a single place.
Information Disclosure Request
In the Information Communication Plaza, the information is supplied on the process of requesting an information disclosure based on the list of information disclosure items that are required to be provided by the law. Especially, this section can be quite handy as it is possible to search through the vast list of information disclosure items, allowing the users to clearly understand what kind of information they need to know. It is possible to make an information disclosure request for the partially disclosed or non-disclosed information of the City of Seoul.
Especially, the citizens of Seoul may submit their inquiries if they need further clarification as they view the administrative information disclosed through the Information Communication Plaza. These questions can be asked as replies to the social network sites. When the users use the ‘Inquiry’ section, it is possible to receive replies immediately in connection with the ‘Reply Depository, ‘ which is an electronic civil service portal.
- Policy Suggestion, Inquiries, Civil Services, Opinion
Posting replies(Questions or suggestions)
1. E-mail Notification → 2. Administrative information Person in charge (Creator, seoul city) → 3. Posting the replies
Inquiry (Civil service/suggestion/request)
1. Reply Depository System → 2. Comprehensive Intake Officer (seoul city) → 3. Processing Officer → 4. Notification of the processing results: SMS, e-mails, and SNS, etc.