[LINK] Release of data.gov.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Sat Mar 12 01:24:30 AEDT 2011
AGIMO Blog: 'Effective and efficient use of ICT'
The release of: http://data.gov.au
By Special Minister of State, Gary Gray, on 10th March 2011 1:30pm
The new data.gov.au site has now been released and I invite you to
explore, access and reuse the data available on the site.
The release of public sector information in the form of datasets allows
the commercial, research and community sectors to add value to government
data in new, innovative and exciting ways.
Data.gov.au plays a crucial role in realising the Australian Governments
commitment to informing, engaging and participating with the public, as
expressed in its Declaration of Open Government and Freedom of
Information (FoI) reforms. It is the Australian equivalent to similar
overseas sites such as the United States data.gov, the United Kingdoms
data.gov.uk and New Zealands data.govt.nz.
Agencies such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Geoscience
Australia, the Bureau of Meteorology and the Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) already release large amounts
of data to the public.
An important goal of data.gov.au is to provide a broader range of
agencies the opportunity to similarly release more data online.
More than 200 datasets are accessible through data.gov.au. Thanks to
contributions from Australian Government agencies and libraries, this
number is growing rapidly.
The release of data.gov.au replaces the data.australia.gov.au beta site,
which was developed for the Government 2.0 Taskforces Mashup Australia
contest in 2009.
Data.gov.au offers new features for both the public and government
agencies. People can:
* suggest datasets they would like released by Australian Government
agencies, which AGIMO will forward to relevant agencies;
* participate on the site by rating and commenting on datasets;
* provide feedback and suggestions for site improvements; and
* contribute submissions of mashups or data-based initiatives they
The site also offers:
* support for hosting datasets in a cloud-based storage solution
(alternatively, agencies can continue to store datasets on their agency
site and provide a link through data.gov.au);
* a showcase of mashups and prominent Australian Government data-based
* links to other Government data catalogues such as the Australian Bureau
of Statistics, Australian Spatial Data Directory and the Queensland
Government Information Service. These and various other data sources
will continue to exist separately from data.gov.au, however future
updates will also make their data holdings discoverable directly
Australian Government agencies have been encouraged to make data open and
reusable for the public through data.gov.au. AGIMO, in conjunction with
the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, is preparing best
practice guidance to assist agencies with the technical aspects of
publishing public sector information.
Additionally, guidelines are being developed by the Attorney Generals
Department to assist agencies with licensing public sector information,
with the goal of encouraging the use of open licences.
Benefits of open data will be demonstrated in the upcoming Libraryhack
competition, to be held in May 2011. The Libraryhack organisers have
asked residents of Australia and New Zealand to develop new and
innovative ways of using library data. This will encourage increased use
of library data and digital collections, and provide additional
resources that can be combined with data from Government agencies to
increase our understanding of Australian society.
I encourage you to visit data.gov.au and suggest data that should be made
available or other improvements to the site. Your feedback will assist
with future enhancements of data.gov.au as the Government works to
release greater amounts of data online.
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