Brunei Online: Better Data (Part I)

By Hazirah on January 25, 2016

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An estimated 13-min read. I’ve split this into two parts because, as usual, it got unwieldy and I was never going to see a finished version otherwise. Thank you for reading.

An introduction

On Open Brunei, and as individuals, we’ve been dealing with data, collecting it, and making sense of it. The facts project Bruakal involves looking for statistics, sometimes even calculating them ourselves using the figures we find. Faiq’s article Brunei Box Office 2014 involved manually collecting titles of films shown over a year.

In particular, there is a gap that I’m interested in – gaps where we have general questions about Brunei, but the interested individual is unable to get answers – and I would like to see attempts to fill up this gap. I am particularly interested in the kind of questions that can be answered with data.

Data itself is not that always what we need most; we need the information that comes from analysing or processing data. In general, having more Brunei information out there would be ideal.

For example, having case studies:

Finding information on government websites:

Even then, this is an article about sharing and reusing data. While I will be sharing some thoughts about Brunei data, there are some open questions, and I certainly don’t have the answers to everything.


Categories: Technology

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Brunei Box Office 2014

By Faiq on May 24, 2015



A look at films distributed in a calendar year.  Film titles were collated from Sunday editions of The Brunei Times.

The data contains: language, genre (arranged alphabetically), runtime, IMDB score, Rotten Tomatoes score and film rating. Film rating for a majority of film are from the British Board of Film Classification, while others are from the Film Censorship Board of Malaysia.


Categories: Culture

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Being Financially Independent

Guest Article by Era
January 5, 2015

Era writes about personal finance on her blog @ and the following is her insightful article on managing personal finance in Brunei:

So I learnt recently about the four generations that are in the workplace.  So for those who do not know this, there are four generations in the workplace known as :

  1. Veterans (1922-1943) – 71 until 92 yrs
  2. Baby Boomers (1943-1960) – 54 until 71 yrs
  3. Gen X (1960-1980) – 34 until 54 years
  4. Millennials (1980-2000) – 14 until 34 years


Categories: Culture, Economics


Drones and the Face

By Columnist on September 25, 2014

As a Bruneian it might seem unimportant to you to think about drones. But with the right mindset even a subject so remote from you can change the way you think about your everyday life. Drones are essentially aircraft without pilots present in the aerial vehicle. They are instead controlled by ‘pilots’ from the ground in a remote location. In recent years, there has been a commercialization of drones by companies such as Amazon who are testing them for a new delivery system. However drones are used mainly for reconnaissance, surveillance, and warfare. By equipping drones with missiles and bombs, military strategy has become more efficient and it is possible to engage in warfare without being in the warzone. In many other fields, technology has made it easier to save lives (medicine), improve living (energy), or keep in touch (communication). In this field, technology has made it easier to kill.

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Categories: Philosophy, Technology

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The Kampung, The Undefinable.

By Columnist on August 10, 2014

The word kampung has its roots in the colonial times derived from the word camp as in site or an alteration on the word compound which, for some reason, dictionaries seem to describe as a Far Eastern or African term for an enclosure of residences. Kampung itself by definition is a small village or an area of rural residence – that is outside of the city and beyond the urban zone. I do not know if these terms apply to Brunei as decisive as these definitions seem to clarify but what I am trying to get at is the suggestion of a geographical ‘outside’ (of the city) and of the theoretical ‘other’ (than that of the centre).

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Categories: Culture, Philosophy

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