South Korea's one-stop information portal on domestic and foreign science and technology trends

As part of the country’s drive to leverage on Big Data to inform policymaking decisions, South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT has launched the “Human Resources for Science and Technology Policy Platform” in collaboration with the Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning on 1st June.

Also known as the HRST Policy Platform or HPP, the Human Resources for Science and Technology Policy Platform grants public access to a comprehensive database on South Korea’s science and technology talent policies. According to the the HPP website, the HPP is designed to be a “evidence - based integrated portal that provides statistical indicators and qualitative information on South Korea’s science and technology talent policies to aid decision-making”.

Data available on the HPP is primarily classified into 3 core segments: “Statistical Information”, “Current Policy Trends” and “Plans & Policies related to Science and Technology HR policy”.

“Statistical Information” contains 390 statistical indicators related to “human resources in science and technology” policy, which are further classified according to corresponding educational and employment levels such as college, graduate school, employed/unemployed etc; “Current Policy Trends” contains information on  trends, briefs and reports and other latest information related to science and technology human resources policy, as well as provides a simple interface for users to interpret major domestic and international trends. Key issues and points of interest concerning science and technology talent policy are also condensed into briefs and reports for user convenience. “Plans & Policies related to Science and Technology HR policy” classifies relevant plans and policies according to technology sector and government department, and is intended to support the implementation of the “Third Basic Plan for Science and Technology Human Resource Development and Support” and provide information in the mid and long-term duration of the plan.

“With the opening of the Human Resources for Science and Technology Policy Platform, I hope that this will be the first stop for policy information not only for policymakers, but the general public as well”, said Kang Byeong-Sam, Director-General of Science, ICT & Future HR Policy Bureau in a press release issued by South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT.

The establishment of the HPP underscores the South Korean government’s commitment to upholding and enhancing government accountability and transparency in policymaking decisions. A participant of the Open Government Partnership, South Korea has 4 current commitments, one of which — to “strengthen the accountability of the Seoul Metropolitan Government by sharing public information in a timely and swift manner” — is further affirmed by the launch of the HPP.

In addition to boosting government efforts towards stronger accountability and transparency, the launch of the HPP also represents a step forward in enhancing the effectiveness of public-private partnerships in South Korea. Public access to information on the HPP database to aid decision-making provides avenues for cooperative governance with South Korean civil society, and enables relevant government bodies to tap on expertise otherwise unavailable within the ranks of bureaucracy.

Having ranked first in the UN E-government survey conducted by the United Nations Public Administration Network for 3 consecutive terms, the launch of the HPP also constitutes part of South Korea’s consistent efforts to continually improve its e-government services and systems.  According to South Korea’s Ministry of the Interior and Safety, measures like service accessibility, transparency and efficiency in service delivery underscore the country’s “internationally renowned e-government systems”. True to its international repute, the HPP is utilises responsive web design and is optimised for mobile usage so that users can tap on services provided by the portal even on-the-go.

The Ministry of Science and ICT intends to run the platform on an iterative basis by monitoring portal usage and releasing pop-up quizzes and other media until the end of 2018 to further refine usage experience.

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