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Hitachi and University of Tokyo to join data portal consortium

IT industry groups combine forces to promote product development and new services

Japan, whose lack of standardized data formats has stymied the distribution of useful data owned by different outfits, intends to clear the roadblock

TOKYO -- Hitachi, NTT Data, the University of Tokyo and other parties are forming an organization that intends to build a data search engine to promote the development of new products and services, Nikkei has learned.

Five organizations that promote data usage, including the Information Technology Federation of Japan, Japan's largest IT industry group, as well as the Data Platform Consortium will jointly set up the organization in December. A preparatory meeting will be arranged this month.

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