Korea plans to take advantage of explosively-growing mobile data and Web-based information, known as "big data," in predicting crimes and forecasting natural disasters starting next year, a presidential council reported Wednesday.
It was among a set of measures the President's Council on National ICT Strategies reported to President Lee Myung-bak to promote the use of big data, along with charting a road map for developing related technologies and opening college courses on big data.
ICT stands for information and communication technologies.
Big data has been attracting growing interest as marketing and other tools such as the use of mobile devices and social networking services produce floods of information.
Analysis of such information, for example, can help assess customer inclinations.
The council reported it will push for three big data projects next year, including predicting when and where crimes would happen and the early detecting of natural disasters. The panel plans to carry out a total of 16 big data projects by 2017, officials said.
The council also reported measures for the government to use information and communication technologies to better serve the people, and Lee instructed the council to pay more attention to using such technologies to help the socially weak, officials said.(Yonhap)