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December 2, 2015 /Digital Marketing /

Japanese Open Data and Government Policies are now enabled by Adobe Technology

In a recent effort by Japan­ese gov­ern­ment to evolve Japan’s over­all social and eco­nom­ic progress, offi­cials have agreed to a new Open Data and Gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive. The ini­tia­tive allows gov­ern­ment offi­cials to com­mu­ni­cate pub­lic data broad­ly for all cit­i­zens in machine-read­able for­mats, such as the struc­tured PDF for­mat. This pub­lic data can then be used in sec­ondary pur­pos­es by the cit­i­zens, be it prof­it-mak­ing, or oth­er grounds. By releas­ing this data to the pub­lic, the ini­tia­tive hopes to improve lives of the cit­i­zens, stim­u­late cor­po­rate activ­i­ty, and in response, con­tribute to the ongo­ing devel­op­ment of Japan’s social and eco­nom­ic affairs.

It was decid­ed in August by the E-Gov­ern­ment Open Data Con­fer­ence of work­ing-lev­el per­son­nel-estab­lished under the Cabinet’s IT Strate­gic Head­quar­ters, that the struc­tured PDF for­mat would be added to the government’s list of Rec­om­mend­ed Open Data File For­mats for the ini­tia­tive. Because of Adobe Acro­bat DC’s abil­i­ty to cre­ate struc­tured PDF doc­u­ments that con­form to ISO-32000–1, an inter­na­tion­al stan­dard for elec­tron­ic doc­u­ments, it is the opti­mal soft­ware for open data com­pli­ance.

The con­tent is eas­i­ly search­able and reusable by in the PDF for­mat, enabling more acces­si­bil­i­ty and usabil­i­ty for cit­i­zens wish­ing to make sec­ondary use of this data. In addi­tion, by uti­liz­ing Adobe Acro­bat, users can build upon the orig­i­nal struc­tured PDF to add files from oth­er appli­ca­tions, adding lay­ers of image and text for a more col­lab­o­ra­tive and inter­ac­tive user expe­ri­ence.

Adobe is proud to sup­port the pro­mo­tion of open data by the Japan­ese gov­ern­ment and local gov­ern­ments. By giv­ing cit­i­zens the oppor­tu­ni­ty to access and eas­i­ly make use of pub­lic data through Struc­tured PDF, the Japan­ese can become bet­ter informed, active mem­bers of the grow­ing Japan­ese econ­o­my.

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