Korea, Rep.

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Data as a Public Good: Creating Open Data Platforms in Seoul, 2011–16

In 2011, Seoul elected a new mayor who promised open government.

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Development of Paid Maternity and Parental Leave in Korea, 2000–20

In the early 2000s, the Republic of Korea introduced a system of paid maternity and parental leave to increase female labor force participation and fertility rates by mitigating hardships for female workers after childbirth.

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The Smart Transportation Card (T-Money): Integrating Public Transit Systems to Improve Citizen Mobility in Seoul, 1996–2004

In the 1990s, Seoul suffered from transportation problems such as traffic congestion, poor bus services, and uncoordinated transit systems. To address those issues, newly elected mayor Myung Bak Lee launched a large-scale public transportation reform program in 2004.

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Implementing Policies to Promote E-Commerce in the Republic of Korea

This delivery note examines how the Republic of Korea put in place policies to promote e-commerce in the country over a period of two decades beginning in the 1990s. The birth of e-commerce—buying and selling that is carried out in virtual markets via the internet—transformed the ways in which cu

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Smart Forest Fire Management in the Republic of Korea: Creating a Data-Driven and User-Oriented Wildfire Prediction and Monitoring System

Public outcry over a series of forest fires and a ferry disaster in the 2010s prompted the government of the Republic of Korea to make public safety a top priority.

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The Republic of Korea’s Campaign to Bring Road Crashes to Zero: Making Roads Near Populated Areas More Pedestrian Friendly, 2015–18

The Republic of Korea has long had a notoriously high number of pedestrian fatalities from road crashes. Part of the reason was high speed limits. The speed limit on national highways of four lanes or more was 80 kilometers per hour— even in areas where highways passed through towns or villages.

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Coordinating Policy to Cut Needless Business Regulations in the Republic of Korea, 2008–13

The 2007–08 global economic crisis had a strong impact on the Republic of Korea and left many businesses vulnerable, especially small and medium-size enterprises.

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Enhancing Transparency and Quality of Public Services: The Republic of Korea’s Open Data Policy

In 2013, the Republic of Korea launched its open data policy as a framework to improve the transparency and quality of public services through the use of open data.