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Pollutant Emissions 60% open

Korea, Republic of

What data is expected?

Aggregate data about the emission of air pollutants especially those potentially harmful to human health (although it is not a requirement to include information on greenhouse gas emissions). Aggregate means national-level or available for at least three major cities. In order to satisfy the minimum requirements for this category, data must be available for the following pollutants and meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Particulate matter (PM) Levels
  • Sulphur oxides (SOx)
  • Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Carbon monoxide (CO)
  • Updated on at least once a week.
  • Measured either at a national level by regions or at leasts in 3 big cities.

What data is available

  •   Openly licensed? No (No URL given)
  •   Is the data available for free? Yes
  •   Is the data machine readable? Yes (XML)
  •   Available in bulk? No
  •   Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis? Yes
  •   Publicly available? Yes(as .airkorea published by South Air Korea Environment Corporation)
  •   Is data in digital form? Yes
  •   Is the data available online? Yes (Here)
  •   Does the data exist? Yes


The Ministry Of Environment (MOE) of Korea, Republic of has released the air quailty level of 16 areas nearby the World Cup Stadium on a real-time basis since April, 2002. The general public have gained access to the urban air pollution data on the website since December, 2005. The data is available on the Web site called Air Korea, but data about VOCs is not publicly available. The real-time data about pollutants SO2, CO, O3, NO2, PM10 can be freely accessed on the site, but to read it in a machine-readable format, you need to use the Web API after the registration. The dataset is licensed under the KOGL Type 2, which is similar to CC-BY-ND, so it's not openly licensed.

Reviewer comments

checked is xml to be considered bulk donwnload?



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  • James G. Boram Kim